The last poll asked how you decide what to order. The two most common methods, tied at 22% apiece were “one of my standard favorites” and “whatever strikes my fancy”. So we are either tradition bound or foodie free spirits. I can go with that. 17% put their faith in the masses and go with whatever the restaurant is known for. Server recommendations and dietary restrictions each garnered 11% of the vote suggesting diners who are a bit more selective about their fare–whether by choice or circumstance. Daily specials also landed 11% of the vote, falling in with the free spirits who order on whim. Only 6% will opt for something seasonal, taking advantage of pumpkin ravioli in the fall and strawberry pie in the summer.
Personally, I’m all over the map. At a place that looks to be awful, I will stick with old standbys they can’t possibly ruin (grilled cheese, a turkey sandwich) or whatever everyone else seems to be getting (when 90% of the crowd is ordering the same thing, it’s a sign)**. At a restaurant will excellent servers, I will take their recommendation. When I am bored of the same old, same old, I’ll go for the daily special, a seasonal item, or whatever jumps out at me. In short, I am a fickle diner, preferring not to order the same thing twice.
For this week’s poll, let’s talk “extras”. For a typical meal what do you order besides an entrée? Feel free to check as many as apply.
|Would You Like Anything With That?|
|A drink with free refills (soda, iced tea, coffee)|
|A non-alcoholic single serve drink (lemonade, hot chocolate)|
|An alcoholic single serve beverage (a glass of wine, a margarita)|
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*Am I the only one that ALWAYS gets sick on holidays and vacations?
**It’s worth noting that for the sake of reviews, I often break this rule, ordering what I feel like eating instead of the must have item. To be a truly good restaurant, I believe that nothing on your menu should be bad. So I’ll order what I want and rate that, though I do try to hit up at least some of the popular choices.