We all have our favorite restaurants where we know the menu by heart. But when you are dining out at a restaurant you have never been to before, it is a very good idea to ask your server some questions. It will lead to a better meal and a better dining experience.
I love going out to eat and I love trying new restaurants and different types of cuisine. However, I rarely ask my server any questions. I’m not talking about “what types of salad dressings do you have” or “do you serve Coke or Pepsi?” I’m talking about asking questions which may lead to a better meal and dining experience.
I read an article recently written by a Hillary Dixler Canavan, who is the restaurant editor for Eater.com. Dining out at restaurants is part of her job, so I consider her a professional. Her advice about asking your server questions made a lot of sense to me, and I am going to try it the next time I dine at a restaurant I have never visited before.
Canavan’s article on this topic advises that you do not ask all five of these questions. Asking one or two is a much better strategy. There is no guarantee that asking questions will lead to a better meal or dining experience, but it is a good way to start. It will also give you a good idea on how new your server might be in the industry or at this restaurant. You may even get answers from your server which may make you want to leave this restaurant and head to another one. But, you never know until you ask.
Here are five questions you can choose from the next time you are dining out. Bon appetit!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.