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.

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The trick: While drinks tend to be listed at the back of the menu, the wine list is often featured prominently and handed to you on top of the menu, before you have a chance to look at the other drinks. The same happens with separate “Daily Specials” menus that attempt to make you forget about everything else in the regular menu.

The fix: Look at these menus last and give yourself an opportunity to see what the other options are. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in the regular menu, go to the specials.

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