Is eating out gross? Maybe, maybe not, but you need to be this skeptical when ordering in a restaurant.
It doesn’t matter which restaurant it is when considering is eating out gross.
It could be a fancy expensive restaurant.
It could be Chipotle. At least those people are making your food right in front of you and you can see whether or not they sneeze on it.
But I’m a little less concerned about hygiene and more concerned about the actual food. Some things to consider when considering is eating out gross?
You have no idea what is really in this food
The menu tells you some things that are on the dish, but what about the things that they don’t tell you?
How many times have you ordered something only to have it come out smothered in marinara sauce, which you hate? Infinity times, if you are me.
The restaurant is legally required to share every single ingredient with you if you ask. I went to Panera Bread years ago and couldn’t decide what to order. The friend I was with requested their ingredient and calorie book, which was readily supplied to us. Needless to say, I walked out of there without ordering anything.
But seriously, they could be putting butter in your food if you are dairy intolerant. There could be high fructose corn syrup in your lemonade. There might be artificial flavor (gasp!) in your dessert.
How do you know exactly what’s in there?
There might be hidden scary things in there like MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame, or gluten. You have to ask people. Sorry, you have to ask when thinking is eating out gross.
Is The Food Organic?
Needless to say, if you’re ordering in a restaurant, the food is probably not organic. UNLESS the restaurant is an all-organic one or the menu specifies that the ingredients are organic.
Which means you’re eating pesticides and GMOs. Restaurants are probably hesitant to invest in organic because of the crowd they serve—how many people actually care?
Fortunately, it seems like more people are caring more and restaurants are taking notice.
How Was It Prepared?
YOU might hate Teflon, that devil non-stick bastard, but, the chef probably doesn’t.
In fact, he or she probably loves it as it saves time heating up, makes all the food look perfect because it doesn’t stick, and is easy to clean. They also might be washing their dishes with commercial soap that’s been tested on animals, which means there’s probably still some residue on those dishes that they are cooking your food with.
Are they heating up food items in plastic?
Has the cooking oil reached dangerous temperatures?
And has that KNIFE TOUCHED gluten?!
It’s impossible to know these things.
The truth is, you don’t know and you never will unless you storm into the kitchen. So you may never know the answer to is eating out gross. Preparing food at home is cheaper, safer, and more enjoyable (in my humble opinion).
Ok, I lied; I am concerned about the hygienic issue. Because when you’re thinking is eating out gross, you’ve got a lot to think about.
Is the kitchen clean? Is the chef clean? Is my waitress drunk and not washing her hands after using the bathroom, and then sneaking a bite of those potatoes I’m about to eat in the above photo?
I don’t know!
And just how often is everything in the kitchen washed and cleaned with sustainable, non-chemical cleaners and natural disinfectants like vinegar? It’s not, ok! It’s just not.
I humbly apologize to those awesome restaurants out there that source locally, purchase organic, and are mostly vegan and gluten-free. You guys are awesome!
Eating at a restaurant and having a limited diet do not mix. More on this next time.