You’re sitting at a table in a restaurant and you’re starving, but you’re not sure what to order off of the menu. How many of us have found ourselves in that exact situation? Well, thanks to the Internet, we can now have a backstage look at what really goes on in the kitchen. And finding out some of the dirt (both literal and figurative) might help you figure out what to order, and most important, what not to order. So the next time you find yourself contemplating that very loaded question “what would you like?” you just might have an easier time answering. Chances are you probably haven’t asked yourself how long that bottle of ketchup has been sitting on the table for. And just how fresh is the complimentary bread?
A private, plant-based chef in Atlanta, Georgia, Kimberly Barnes, recommends avoiding lemon and lime slices at bars and restaurants. A study of 76 lemons at 21 different restaurants in The Journal of Environmental Health found that 53 of them contained microbial growth. Also, bars aren’t usually held to the same standards as the kitchen. Another thing to avoid: soup. Apparently it never actually cools properly at night when in a large container, so it stays lukewarm for hours upon hours.