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Whether it's no one at the host stand to greet you, overly perky waiters wearing vests with 'flair,' or a mixologist sneering from behind the bar at your libation of choice, there are serious red flags when you walk into a restaurant that the meal ahead is going to be nothing but bad news bears.
Sure, there are a few exceptions where the food speaks louder than the curmudgeonly waitstaff - but don't say Sean Elder, editor in chief of the digital food magazine Real Eats, didn't warn you.
Five Things You Never Want to Hear in a Restaurant: Sean Elder
2. “We have two orders of the [blank] left; if you’re thinking of that I’ll put the order in now.”
3. “We’ll bring the dishes out of the kitchen as they’re ready.”
4. “We can’t turn the air conditioning/heat/music down because the chef likes it like that.”
5. “What are we talking about here?”
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Sean's list of signs you're in the right restaurant. 'Til then, what sayings should we add to the menu of red flags? Let us know in the comments below.
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.
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