If you eat out often enough, eventually you're going to get a dish that is simply off for some reason. Restaurants make mistakes, although not as often as many diners might suggest, because at the end of the day there are still people (thankfully) involved with making a majority of your food.
And while the extra shot of syrup that makes a vanilla Coke from Sonic taste a bit chemical can be forgiven, there are certain food sins that can't be absolved. With that, I give you the five unforgivable food mistakes.
5. Any mistake when the waiter refuses to write down an order. If you refuse to write down what I ask for, you better be perfect. When you can't admit that you might make a mistake if I have a substitution request, then I don't have to be forgiving if my order is wrong, even if it's the kitchen's fault.
4. Ignoring allergies. Those with food allergies have difficulty dining out. A little common sense on the part of both parties means that dinner doesn't have to make someone sick.
3. Mislabeled coffee. Elaborate conspiracy theories spring from a woman denied her sleep. I have friends who suggest that a waiter purposely served them caffeinated coffee rather than the ordered decaf because of some perceived slight.
2. Recycled food. Long ago, I ate at a Denny's that, a week later, was cited by the health department for using a reconstituted buffet. And every once in a while, you'll get a bread basket that appears to have graced another table first. The green movement doesn't need to be extended this far.
1. Well-done steak. Steaks are how I celebrate. I appreciate the concerns over serving raw meat, but please keep the shoe leather at Payless and keep the meat in the medium rare to medium state. You can't save a steak once it's been charred beyond recognition.
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