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Old 10-20-2018, 01:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Or worse, something dangerously undercooked, like pink chicken, or something otherwise inedible, I would certainly send it back, politely.
Despite what you may read in some cookbooks, checking for poultry doneness by cooking until the meat is no longer pink or until “juices run clear” is not a reliable gauge of doneness.
https://foodenvy.tv/a-food-scientist...is-still-pink/

And believe or not, it's perfectly safe to eat medium rare pork.

https://thetakeout.com/we-should-be-...ork-1828528374
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:05 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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This. I don't understand the paranoia about cooks spitting/peeing in one's food. Why should I accept inedible food? As long as I am nice about a problem, I have never experienced an issue with sending something back. I have only sent a plate back a few times and was always courteous in the request.
I agree! Stupid, bored teens in a fast food joints might do that, but not a chef in any decent restaurant. Actually I often noticed a chef walking out the kitchen and mingling with the patrons just to hear a feedback about the food. Most will gladly discuss the techniques and certainly accept critique,
or modify the dish to customer satisfaction.

I can't stand lukewarm dishes, especially soups. And yes, I would politely request it to be warmed up, even if that means just reheating in a microwave.
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Florida
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For those that say they never send food back, if you are eating in a high end restaurant at $100.00 or more per person excluding beverages, don't be a sheep if something is not right. The head chef should be made aware of an issue in quality of his food that he or a line cook may have prepared. We don't often go out because we can do a better job at home, but when we do, we expect quality food and service. We are willing to pay for it, but will send back or complain about poor quality food or service.
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Years ago, hubby and I went to a well known steak house in our city. I ordered a T-bone, medium rare. When it was brought to the table, it was medium with black char here and there on it. Not only unappetizing, but years later they have found that black charred any kind of meat is carcinogenic.

I sent it back. When the waitress came back, she put the plate down in front of me with the same steak that the black char had been scraped off. I expected, and should have been given a new steak.

I complained again and they gave us half off the price. I ate a few little pieces that were edible. We never went back.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Despite what you may read in some cookbooks, checking for poultry doneness by cooking until the meat is no longer pink or until “juices run clear” is not a reliable gauge of doneness.
https://foodenvy.tv/a-food-scientist...is-still-pink/

And believe or not, it's perfectly safe to eat medium rare pork.

https://thetakeout.com/we-should-be-...ork-1828528374
Thanks, I am glad to hear about the pork, and I have to admit I never over cook it as it dries out too much. Now I feel just fine serving it still a bit pink.. Of course spoiled brat just eats it with out paying much any attention to what it is or how it is cooked. I am also glad to hear about testing the chicken
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:49 AM
 
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I would not have high expectations for a quality experience at a chain restaurant. I would expect hit or miss food. & I would not send food back unless the entree was not the entree ordered. Like if I ordered chicken fried steak and instead they brought me a grilled cheese, I would send that back. But if they sent brown gravy instead of cream gravy, I would laugh & eat it anyway. A chain is is going to be relatively fast and cheap and informal...one step up from McD's.

However, if by some weird chance my medium rare steak was incinerated at a steak house, I would ask for another without a qualm.
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Old 10-20-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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This. I don't understand the paranoia about cooks spitting/peeing in one's food. Why should I accept inedible food? As long as I am nice about a problem, I have never experienced an issue with sending something back. I have only sent a plate back a few times and was always courteous in the request.
Don't believe the old wive's tale about cooks spitting in sent-back food. I've worked in restaurants (not fast food) and it would NEVER happen in a place with the normal amount of supervision.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:43 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Despite what you may read in some cookbooks, checking for poultry doneness by cooking until the meat is no longer pink or until “juices run clear” is not a reliable gauge of doneness.
https://foodenvy.tv/a-food-scientist...is-still-pink/
When I say 'pink chicken', I mean translucent, uncooked chicken, not pinkish with some color in the juices.
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:40 PM
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Location: Somwhere
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I wouldn't have sent it back. To me, this seems like a personal preference. In a dish like you describe, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed crunchy potatoes. But I would never order it again (I would also be willing to go back if DH likes the restaurant.)

But I DO occasionally send food back when it's flat out cooked wrong. A hamburger that was left on the grill so long that it's hard on the outside and dry as cardboard. Hard, crunchy pasta. The most common is when I order prime rib. I ALWAYS say the same thing to the server: "If it's not going to come out really, really rare, please let me know. I'll order something else, and we'll both be happier. " Consequently, I eat Prime rib at home WAY more often than in restaurants because they don't listen.

But never when it's a matter of personal taste. I consider that My Bad for ordering it.
Um, so you're saying that some people like to eat nearly raw potatoes? I've never been asked how I want my spuds cooked, so I don't think that theory has merit.

And the dish was mostly potatoes, so I'd have left hungry if I'd tried to eat around them. Same diner gave me raw hash browns a couple weeks ago, but there was plenty of other food, so I just didn't eat them, and remembered not to order them again.
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:31 PM
 
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We had lunch today--or I tried to--at a chain diner. I ordered a meal with chunks of potatoes, veggies, and eggs. When it arrived, the spuds were undercooked-not quite crunchy, but not something you'd want to eat I sent it back, they remade the dish, the spuds were cooked just the same. I told the waiter to take it off the bill, and that I didn't want anything else. My husband was halfway through his lunch, so he finished up. They comped his meal; I ate at home.

I could have ordered something else, but had lost my interest in eating there. I did wonder if the cook might spit in any replacement. My husband likes the place, but they always seem to serve mine cold or undercooked. I won't go back.

What would you have done?

I wouldn't have sent it back (due to the concerns you mentioned) but I wouldn't go there again, either.
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