11 Things Servers Won’t Eat at Their Own Restaurants
From mashed potatoes to ice cubes, these servers have seen some things at their restaurants.
Unpopular items on the salad bar
“Stuff like lettuce and fresh vegetables gets replaced daily but the less popular or smaller items, like beans and beets, often don’t get replaced more than once a week—if that.”—Chris P. On the flip side, here are the best restaurants in the country.
“People do not know how rarely ice machines get cleaned inside and out. Lots of places I’ve worked will take off the nozzles and soak them in bleach and wipe down the outside every day but it’s probably been years since anyone thawed it out and cleaned the inside.” —Torie T.
“All the servers would cut the lemons for the day and put them in a big bowl before the restaurant opened. There was zero sanitation. Never washed the fruit. No idea who actually washed their hands.” —Heather H. Take a look at some other red flags you’re about to eat at a bad restaurant.
“There’s a reason restaurant mashed potatoes are so good—all the butter! I swear the restaurant I work at uses a 50/50 ratio of potatoes to butter… They’re delicious for sure but after seeing how they are made I can’t eat them anymore. Every time a customer orders them I weep for their arteries.” —Alexander M. It isn’t just taste that’ll real you in at restaurants, learn about the secret ways restaurants get you to eat more.
“With low-carb diets being so popular, we get a lot of breadbaskets back that aren’t touched or only have a piece or two missing. When we’re rushed, sometimes we’ll just spruce it up a little and take it out to the next table. If you really want the bread, order it differently from how it’s usually served—so if all the tables have it sliced, ask for the loaf whole.” —Pietro K. Read the secrets that chefs won’t tell you.
“The mac-n-cheese on our kids menu is Kraft, right out of the blue box. The funny thing is that everyone raves about how amazing our mac-n-cheese is and it’s one of the most popular items ordered. I like mac-n-cheese but if I want it, I’ll just make it at home for $1. I definitely wouldn’t order it from a restaurant when there are so many better options!” —Sophie R. Here are some more overpriced items on restaurant menus.
“Even though some of the most popular items on our menu are salads, I never eat them. The woman who makes the salads for our restaurant has decided hand-tossed is best. Except she doesn’t wear gloves. Shudder.” —Kirsten C. Here are some signs that a restaurant is going to be really good.
“I used to love French fries before I started my current job. Now I see how seldom they change the frying oil and I’m too grossed out to eat them. Fresh frying oil is kind of a light golden color. My restaurant will reuse the same oil until it’s dark brown, like the oil you put in your car. You can smell the rancid-ness as soon as you walk in the kitchen.” —Emmaleigh T. These are the places restaurants might not be cleaning as often as they should.
“I work for a chain restaurant that serves several soups, except people rarely order them, especially not the clam chowder. I don’t know if it’s just the part of the country I’m in but nobody likes clam chowder here. But corporate says we have to keep it on the menu so it just sits in it’s warming machine all day, every day. They do keep it warm but how good can it taste after being cooked for 12 hours straight?” —Antonio M.
Meat with freezer-burn
“We buy all our meat products frozen which doesn’t sound too bad except when they are delivered sometimes they’ll sit out for hours, slightly thawing before refreezing when we put them away. Also, some have been frozen for months or longer.” —Catherine J. Take a look at these restaurant meals that you can make at home.
Pasta for high-profit margins
“By far, our pasta dishes are the cheapest items to make but they’re not always cheaper on the menu. They taste good but if I want to get the most value for my money I’d buy something else. ” —Lillian J. Next, check out the things restaurant owners wish they could tell you.