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.

Descriptive Language Driving Your Choices

The trick: Chances are you’re more likely to buy the “Seared Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillet” than the “Salmon Steak.” That’s because the words used to describe a dish can be particularly powerful in pushing us toward one dish or another.

The fix: Try to see past the title to the ingredients listed in the dish. Remember, you’re eating food, not words. If you’re not sold, ask the waiter to tell you more about a poorly worded dish.

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