The Top Tips to Beat Misleading Menus

Find out how you can identify and counteract the tricks restaurants are using to make you buy food you don’t want.

The Top Tips to Beat Misleading Menus

Choosing food from a menu can be overwhelming. The sheer number of choices available at most restaurants leaves many diners trying desperately to decide on their dinner only moments before they give their order to the waiter. That choice is often influenced by the design of the menu, which pushes you to pick certain items, like the chef’s special steak, even if you never intended to go so extravagant. Find out what features are forcing your choices when you sit down to order.

Avoid the Upper-Right-Hand Corner

The trick: When first perusing menu choices, the eye lands most often on the upper-right-hand corner first, which is the last place you’ll find a healthy menu item. It often throws you immediately into the most lavish main courses, without giving you the opportunity to find the starters, salads and vegetable mains that might have been a better option.

The fix: Try not to order where your eyes go first. Instead, scan the whole menu before making up your mind.

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