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Old 05-29-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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I often scope out a restaurant beforehand to ensure they have things I like and how I like them. For an example I love Greek foods but the restaurants often don't have the two dishes I love to order. I will find one that has them and if not, I usually go another type of restaurant.

I also adore bearnaise sauce to go with my "plymouth" rock of filet mignon. If a steakhouse doesn't offer it, I find one that does or I order something different. Or in an extreme case, leave. (this happened to me once with a piccadillo dish came laden with mint, raisins and bits of guava. Shudder.)

But I have dined with/met people/read reviews and comments that they get offended if something isn't offered that they want. Why? There are so many restaurants out there to choose from. Why suffer and pay for a meal that you won't enjoy?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Or in an extreme case, leave. (this happened to me once with a piccadillo dish came laden with mint, raisins and bits of guava. Shudder.)

But I have dined with/met people/read reviews and comments that they get offended if something isn't offered that they want. Why? There are so many restaurants out there to choose from. Why suffer and pay for a meal that you won't enjoy?
OR ...

Why not try something new that you might enjoy, like the dish you mentioned above?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:23 AM
 
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Why not try something new that you might enjoy, like the dish you mentioned above?
I don't like sweet foods when they are supposed to be savory. And I did take a bite.

ETA I didn't get upset, just sent it back quietly and told the waiter it wasn't to my liking as I was unaware it had all the unusual additions to it. My two friends also sent back their dishes as it was inedible to them as well. We paid for our drinks and left.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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I don't like sweet foods when they're supposed to be savory, either. I understand and have had the same thing happen to me -- not good. I read menu descriptions very closely, but sometimes it just sneaks by. If that happens, I do always try a bite or two, but have yet to ever like the taste of sweetness in my main course.

I like trying new food in restaurants -- if all anyone ever wants when they eat out is the same dish, no matter where they are, they should just save the cash and cook it at home. Not that you have to be adventurous every time you eat out, or that you should always try a new dish, but if all you ever want is a pork chop and mashed potatoes no matter what, either cook it at home or go to the same restaurant over and over.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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A good way for a restaurant to fail is if they offer too much. Good restaurants limit their menus to maybe 4 apps and 4-8 main dishes. Places that offer 20-30 things or more end up not being able to master any of the dishes and often have to carry large amounts of food in order to be able to make that many dishes. That means food often goes bad or spoils because customers might rarely order several dishes on the menu.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:50 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I don't think I'm that picky. I am open to trying new things. However, I do not like a bunch of stuff on my fish...like mango salsa, Cajun seasoning, or any type of tomato sauce. I only like it grilled with a squeeze of lemon or lime. In the case of fish, I can easily tell a restaurant to just leave all that stuff off of it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I don't like sweet foods when they are supposed to be savory....
Me neither. I usually ask my server if a sauce in the dish is sweet if I can't figure it out from the menu description.

I tend to not like foods that "look pretty" or those whose description sounds like someone is describing a work of art. I prefer foods prepared more simply than with special spices, ingredients or sauces.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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If I go to a restaurant and they don't have a particular item, I will try something else. If I can find the menu online before hand it makes it easier to decide where and what type of food I am going to have. I usually know what I am going to have especially if it's a place I have been to before.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I can not imagine being upset if a restaurant didn't offer exactly what I want. Like Ohio, I would order something different and let it be. The exception might be, something obvious, like ordering buffalo wings and not having any blue cheese or ranch dressing with them or any available. Now, that might make me a little upset, certainly I would not return to that place.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I don't like sweet foods when they are supposed to be savory.
I'm with you there, too! To me, that's one of the best ways to ruin a dish.
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