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Old 09-24-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Ive noticed lots restaurants dont really serve fresh cooked foods, lots of it is pre made who knows how old? and they simply reheat leftovers in the microwave and arrange it on your plate to look like they just cooked it that day, but it could have been cooked last week

especially stewed dishes or soups

unless it's the special of the day and they made something special for that day

one time they forgot something on my order and the waiter said he forgot it and it was in the microwave
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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At various restaurants I've been served meat that was cooked, but cold, leaving me to believe it was cooked, frozen, and reheated. Not very appetizing, but I'll bet that's how most of the chain restaurants can have such huge menus. I'm guessing their economy of scale is having a central commissary, where the bulk of the food on the menu is prepared and frozen, and delivered to the individual restaurants.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Ive noticed lots restaurants dont really serve fresh cooked foods, lots of it is pre made who knows how old? and they simply reheat leftovers in the microwave and arrange it on your plate to look like they just cooked it that day, but it could have been cooked last week

especially stewed dishes or soups

unless it's the special of the day and they made something special for that day

one time they forgot something on my order and the waiter said he forgot it and it was in the microwave

How do you think Applebees earned the nickname, "Nuke and Fry?"
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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At various restaurants I've been served meat that was cooked, but cold, leaving me to believe it was cooked, frozen, and reheated. Not very appetizing, but I'll bet that's how most of the chain restaurants can have such huge menus. I'm guessing their economy of scale is having a central commissary, where the bulk of the food on the menu is prepared and frozen, and delivered to the individual restaurants.
This is one of my biggest gripes and if I know a restaurant is doing the central location thing, I will not return to that place. We do not eat out often, when we do, I do not care about it being the top of the line restaurant but I don't want "salad in a bag" or "meal in a bag" Yes, I have seen "Sysco" trucks in back of some establishments like our own Country club...

Nita
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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Bad restaurants and chain restaurants might. Good restaurants do not.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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Bad restaurants and chain restaurants might. Good restaurants do not.
Precisely. I rarely eat out and when I do I choose very carefully where I go. I don't even use the microwave much in my own home so there is no way I will tolerate that when I am paying for a meal.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I heard from a friend whose sister used to work at an Olive Garden, that the food arrives frozen. The restaurant simply heats it up and plates it.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Have Sushi made right in front of you at the Sushi Bar.++
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Have Sushi made right in front of you at the Sushi Bar.++
or Chinese stir fry, thats usually done when you order, not reheated old food

they usually have a bunch of fresh vegetables & meats and throw it in when they stir fry cook your order

some places also have a char broiler in the back and make fresh grilled meats, but some restaurants have shish kebobs that are pre-cooked and they simple reheat them, makes it much quicker

I ordered a fried tilapia from a Mexican restaurant and I could tell they used a old fish that was refried, it was tough as leather and over cooked, I guess it's easier that way, then they just have to reheat it, but the quality isnt as good
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Wow, I am surprised that anyone does NOT already know that when you eat at most restaurants, including pretty much all of the chain restaurants, at least some of the food being served came out of a package, and much of it was prepared before you walked in the door.

Leftovers? Not so much. But prepared in advance, of course. And retort-pack frozen entrees from a central commissary, yep. Sauces from big Sysco jars, yup. Soup from the Big Soup company, yes. Warmed up in a microwave, absolutely. Even at upscale restaurants, you betcha.

You didn't really think they were cooking all that stuff from scratch back in the kitchen while you were eating your salad, did you? Did you?
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