Restaurant workers explain the specific foods you should never order, unless you're gross.

Restaurant workers explain the specific foods you should never order, unless you're gross.

The internet is once again entreating you to change your eating habits when you dine out. But you'll probably just ignore these kind people of Reddit, like you always do, and instead share their fun facts over a steaming plate of disgusting restaurant calamari. That's certainly the best way to retain your happiness, if not your health.

Here's the food 10 restaurant workers said they would never order.

1. Seagullhunter might eat seagull, but not in broth.

Soup. It never gets cooled properly at night in the big container so it stays luke warm for hours.

2. OrchidBest explains how calamari suffers from the same oversight as soup.

I have similar fears about calamari. Worked at three places where the dishwasher always scooped the tentacles out of the gooey white batter that looked to be ten days old. These were busy restaurants and in most cases the dishwashers didn't have the time or common sense (or emotionally stable chefs) to wash their hands. And dishwashers touch everything: mop buckets, detergents, garbage rims, people's disgusting plates waiting to be scraped and cleaned.

It's a shame because making calamari at home is a hassle.


3. Uh oh, brakos is here to ruin your Subway order.

I work at a Subway. If you're not going to a busy store (say, near a major tourist attraction, sports stadium, or festival) don't get the harvest bread, since it usually sits around for days. On an average day at my store in a boring mid-sized city, we bake:

10-12 batches (100-120 loaves) each of Italian and Herbs and Cheese and run through those pretty quickly (within 6-8 hours unless it's overnight).

About 4-5 batches (40-50 loaves) of Wheat and Honey Oat, and we're also usually rid of those within the same time frame, but on a rare occasion they last about 24 hours.

One batch (10 loaves) of harvest bread when the need arises, which is only about once a week or so.

Flatbread isn't baked in store: it's pre-made and defrosted the night before or first thing in the morning... it's not really the freshest thing but it doesn't really go stale like regular bread does... but that's also why we suggest toasting it.


4. Ripewdecay sticks with the pizza at Pizza Hut.

something i learned personally as someone raised around kitchens- unpopular ingredients are turned over less so you're more likely to get something that was sitting around, perhaps even a little bad and picked over, freezer burned, chucked into the pits of a walk in freezer and thawed for your dietary pleasure.

So if you are the type of person who is anal about freshness just go with popular items and be done with it.


5. Bgar0312 brings up a common complaint on this thread.

Not eating but garnishes in your drink. The lemons limes oranges etc are almost never properly washed, they are handled with the waiters barehands or bartenders barehands literally 95% of the time. Bothers me

6. Only drink soda if RebelWithoutAClue works there.

Every time I started at a place, first thing I would do is take apart the soda fountain and give it a good cleaning. So much biofilm goo in the nozzles.

7. TheCSKelpto has even more details about why you never order soup.

There's a lot of red flags when it comes to soup, and I love me some soup. If it's real salty you know it's been on the heat all day. If it's watery, they just added cream/water to it. If it's thick, it's been on too long. The only places I order soup from are soup places. Not Subway, that offers soup as well.


8. Knockknock313 is here to destroy your favorite thing in the world.

I used to work at a Chinese restaurant. I don't understand how anyone eats a full order of general tso's or orange or sesame chicken. There's legit like... half a cup of sugar in one of those. Then you add to that that they're all breaded/deep fried... not my cup of tea. However, these three dishes ended up making it on to 30-50 percent of all of my tickets.

9. But what about nachos, Bradleyd00?

Any cheese dip, no matter how fancy it sounds, is basically 95% butter and cream cheese just enough actual cheese to make it taste like Asiago or whatever. Seriously, it is half a days caloric intake in a small bowl of it.


10. AddictedReddit is also a professional food critic. Heed his wisdom.

I'm a professional food critic. When you go to a restaurant, it's not the menu but the cooks that matter and most restaurants have more than one chef. As a result, one night a dish could be perfect, but the next night it's crap. The owner wants it to be the same consistently prepared product every time he sends food out the door, but one thing I've learned after 21 years... you never know what is gonna come through that door.