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Yesterday, we learned if the restaurant is already out of the snapper special during the first seating and the waiter wants to know your family tree, chances are Sean Elder, editor in chief of the digital food magazine Real Eats, isn't going to be returning to said eating establishment anytime soon.
More than 400 of you weighed in to agree, disagree and agree to disagree on Elder's restaurant red flags - and now he's back, counterpoint style, to identify the clues that your meal ahead is in capable hands.
Five Signs You Are In A Good Restaurant: Sean Elder
2. “Tell me what you like in a white/red and I’ll pair it with what you’re having.”
3. “The bread is crusty and delicious, it’s warm when it’s brought to the table, and the butter is not rock hard.”
4. “Don’t drown me with water.”
5. “They’ll cook your meat/fish/fowl the way you want it.”
Nothing worse than being lectured by some earnest waiter - or worse yet, chef - about how they can’t, in good conscience, serve you a bloody burger. Unless there’s a law against it (which there may be in Canada), give me my meat the way I want it, and let me die with my boots on."
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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