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

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by Dudeman1967, Feb 16, 2017.

    Feb 16, 2017
  1. Dudeman1967 Not as new as I'd hoped and aging quickly.

    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
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  9. Help!I'maRock! Radical Sandwich Anarchist

    I dunno, what's good?
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  11. Gary Blanchard Aging Hippie Folkster

    Other than something Vegetarian, I have no particular food that I judge by.
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  13. Dudeman1967 Not as new as I'd hoped and aging quickly.

    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.
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  15. Guitar Heel The Keymaster

    Mexican: Cheese enchiladas

    UK: fish and chips
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  17. jaxn slim Your Worst Nightmare

    Generally if they have a sampler or a dish named after the restaurant I go with that.
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  19. dodgechargerfan Kick Henry Jackassowski

    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.
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  21. jp_nyc Kick Henry Jackassowski

    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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  23. Coralkong Alien

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  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..............
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  27. VoidTerraFirma Burl Purpleburst

    French Onion Soup
    Caprese Salad
    Enchiladas Verde
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  29. Chicken Man Kick Henry Jackassowski

    I usually look for something I've wanted to try but haven't yet had a chance at.
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  31. Coralkong Alien

    If a restaurant can't put on a good beer, well........fuck 'em.
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  33. Jbird Kick Henry Jackassowski

    So, go to places that buy from Pancho?
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  35. yabba Kick Henry Jackassowski

    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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  37. vonbladet r00b

    I order spaghetti bolognese everywhere and I mean everywhere.
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  39. yabba Kick Henry Jackassowski

    this seems a little bit unlikely

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