7. Chicken Parmesan
If you are looking for fresh chicken Parmesan, a restaurant may not be the best place to find it. Rumor has it that your chicken Parmesan may not be freshly prepared, baked, and served to your table. Some restaurants keep frozen portions of chicken Parmesan on hand and simply reheat them as needed. For truly fresh chicken Parmesan, try baking up Bobby Flay’s Chicken Parmigiana at home.
6. The Daily Specials
It seems like an entrée with the word “special” in it should be, well, unique. However, the chef’s special is often an item that the chef has invented in order to use up leftover ingredients the restaurant has on hand. Of course, you can feel free to disregard this advice if the listed special is made up of ingredients you love mixed into a dish that sounds like exactly what you have been craving.
5. Bar Snacks
Avoid the temptation to dip into the bowl of peanuts or pretzels atop the restaurant bar. Untold numbers of people may have helped themselves to these snacks before you, increasing the risk of contamination. If you need something to nibble with your pre-dinner drink, order an appetizer off the menu.