What are you bellwether menu choices when trying a new restaurant?

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by Dudeman1967, Feb 16, 2017 at 8:59 AM.

    Feb 16, 2017 at 8:59 AM
  1. Dudeman1967 Sooper noob

    In other words what do you order first visit or two to get an idea of the quality of food of the restaurant as a whole and wether you will come again.
    I'm dividing it up by ethnicity.

    Mexican: Tortilla soup if available; chile relleno , enchilladas rancheras
    Italian: Ceasar salad, pizza, cannelloni
    Indian: tika masala, whichever korma
    Chinese: hot and sour soup, crab rangoon, hot braised chicken or pork
    American: blackened chicken sandwich if available, BLT, fries or chips if house made
    Creole: gumbo, blackened chicken
    Jamaican: got to be the jerk chicken
    British: lol
    German: lol again
  2. Feb 16, 2017 at 9:20 AM
  3. gtrjunior Wannabe

    I don't have a specific item per se, but I lean toward Veal at an Italian restaurant and Rib Eye steak at most other places.
  4. Feb 16, 2017 at 9:21 AM
  5. Flamencology You don't deserve koa.

    I don't really do that.

    I just read the menu and go with my instincts. Or read a review or ask the waiter.
  6. Feb 16, 2017 at 9:50 AM
  7. tiger roach Urban Bovine Knievel

    +1, it is always different.

    Tomorrow we are trying a new place that is "coastal Mexican." I definitely have no default mode for that.
  8. Feb 16, 2017 at 9:53 AM
  9. Help!I'maRock! GPOTD Curator

    I dunno, what's good?
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  10. Feb 16, 2017 at 9:59 AM
  11. Gary Blanchard Aging Hippie Folkster

    Other than something Vegetarian, I have no particular food that I judge by.
  12. Feb 16, 2017 at 10:06 AM
  13. Dudeman1967 Sooper noob

    Very strong correlation between top notch chile relleno and top notch everything else.

    Chinese restaurants can mosttly be judged by the quality of their hot n sour soup.

    Crappy gumbo predicts crappy creole food.

    Weak Ceasar salad leads to below average Italian food.

    In my experience anyway.
  14. Feb 16, 2017 at 10:53 AM
  15. Guitar Heel The Keymaster

    Mexican: Cheese enchiladas

    UK: fish and chips
  16. Feb 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM
  17. jaxn slim Your Worst Nightmare

    Generally if they have a sampler or a dish named after the restaurant I go with that.
  18. Feb 16, 2017 at 11:11 AM
  19. I tend to look for some favourites when I try new restaurant.

    Butter Chicken
    Buffalo Chicken sandwich or wrap
    Any ridiculous bacon item.
    Bacon cheeseburger.

    If they do one of those well, I will explore the menu next visit.
    If they don't have any of those, I'll just explore right off the bat or try the daily special.
  20. Feb 16, 2017 at 11:25 AM
  21. jp_nyc n00b

    Look at the menu. Does it feature tilapia or mahi mahi? Then leave. Are the desserts the old frozen standards like lava cake and tiramisu? Leave. Are they serving dishes from a decade ago, like Asian fusion or southern cuisine? Leave. Basically, learn what Sysco sells. Don't eat anywhere that serves it.
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  22. Feb 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM
  23. Coralkong n00b

  24. Feb 16, 2017 at 6:02 PM
  25. tompetty Sporting a hammer...

    Exactly...Given a couple hours I can make anything...Yes I said anything, better than most overpriced food shops can make...Eating out is over blown and sure to become a thing of the past..............
  26. Feb 16, 2017 at 6:47 PM
  27. VoidTerraFirma Handshake Pizza

    French Onion Soup
    Caprese Salad
    Enchiladas Verde
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  28. Feb 16, 2017 at 6:57 PM
  29. I usually look for something I've wanted to try but haven't yet had a chance at.
  30. Feb 17, 2017 at 5:38 AM
  31. Coralkong n00b

    If a restaurant can't put on a good beer, well........fuck 'em.
  32. Feb 17, 2017 at 6:37 AM
  33. Jbird n00b

    So, go to places that buy from Pancho?
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  34. Feb 17, 2017 at 8:40 AM
  35. yabba n00b

    this. I try to order what the restaurant does well, to the best of my ability to figure out what that is.

    What if the mexican place is a veracruz style seafood place and doesn't serve chili rellenos?
    What if the the indian place is a south indian place and doesn't serve tikka masala (which isn't even indian..)

    yadda yadda yadda
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  36. Feb 17, 2017 at 10:21 AM
  37. vonbladet r00b

    I order spaghetti bolognese everywhere and I mean everywhere.
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  38. Feb 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  39. yabba n00b

    this seems a little bit unlikely

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