Restaurant Red Flags

A Reddit thread asked chefs a slightly terrifying question: “What red flags should people look out for when they go out to eat?” The thread quickly went viral, as chefs (and other restaurant employees) started sharing the gross stuff that customers need to watch out for while dining. Here are some of the most eye-opening responses:


·     “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.”