A Reddit thread recently went viral as chefs and restaurant workers themselves were asked what the biggest red flags are in restaurants that we should look out for — and some of the stuff they said was kind of shocking!
According to restaurant workers and chefs, allegedly these are the things that you should look out for when going out to eat:
- “The first thing they told us in culinary school when you’re learning food safety is: If you enter a seafood restaurant and smell fish, leave.”
- “Carpet is a red flag. Yeah, it’s quieter and doesn’t get slick, but it is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen in restaurants.”
- “If a restaurant has a HUGE menu…it’s all frozen.”
- “Stay away from buffets and salad bars. A lot of the time it is the same stuff that just gets refilled over and over. Super gross.”
- "In culinary school, every single chef instructor says the same thing: If it’s misspelled on the menu, that’s on purpose. It’s so they don’t have to sell you the real thing. A prime example is ‘krab cakes.'”
- “When the menus are super dirty and never cleaned, that means everything is super dirty and never cleaned.”
- “Watch the wait staff. If the majority of them seem disgruntled or upset, things probably aren’t great. They probably don’t care about your food if they aren’t being treated fairly.”
- “Don’t order fish on Sundays. Most places get their fish deliveries on a Monday and on a Thursday. Fish goes off fairly quickly, and on a Sunday it’s really not great.”
- “If a pitcher of water touches your glass, it has also touched everyone else’s glass. Also, if you can’t see them pour your water, there’s something wrong.”
What do you think? Have you worked at one before - do you have your own red flags or can dispute any of these?