I love going to restaurants. Friends that have worked in the industry say that it's better not to look 'behind the curtain' to see what really goes on in kitchens. Despite the efforts of the powerful restaurant industry lobby's (???) attempts to stop us, here are a few restaurant secrets revealed.

This information comes from the top-secret reporters at the Daily Mail. If anything should happen to us or our Daily Mail compatriots, you know who's responsible. Here we go:

  1. Your food probably contains the chef's saliva.  He uses a spoon to sample the food and might not worry about double dipping.
  2. You're drinking someone else's wine.  When people order bottles of wine and don't finish them, restaurants sometimes serve that wine in individual glasses the next day.
  3. Restaurants want you to order pizza and the specials.  Pizza is the cheapest thing to make and has the highest mark-up.  Specials are really just foods the restaurant really wants to get rid of.
  4. Don't get the second-cheapest bottle of wine.  Restaurants know you will order the second-cheapest bottle of wine, because you don't want to order the cheapest one.  So the second-cheapest one has the biggest price mark-up.

I'd add two more things; First, I don't care about any of this, I still enjoy dining out, and likely always will. Second, your server is trying to make a living and likely doesn't get paid much, so tip well.