Mistakes To Avoid When Ordering At A Steakhouse


Dining out at a steakhouse is one of those special experiences that really can't be beaten. However, the difference between a good steakhouse experience and a great one often depends on what you order. To some degree, what you order is a matter of preference. But there are also a few key mistakes you'll want to avoid.

Mistake #1: Ordering the filet without a second thought

Filet mignon is often the most expensive steak on the menu, per ounce. As such, people who are treating themselves to a nice meal will often just order the filet without a second thought. If you really love filet, then there is nothing wrong with this. But while filet is really tender and lean, it does not have a lot of flavor. If you are hoping for a really beefy steak with a bit of fat to chew, a filet is not it. You may be happier with a ribeye, which has some nice marbling and a deeper flavor. A strip steak has less marbling and a firmer texture, but plenty of flavor, too. Order the cut most suited to your taste — not just the most expensive filet.

Mistake #2: Ordering too large a cut

Steak is really filling, and as such, most people cannot eat nearly as much as they think they can. As such, people often order a bigger steak than they can really eat in one sitting. It's tempting to say "Maybe the 12-ounce won't be enough; I'll order the 16-ounce."

If you over-order, you can take the leftovers home, but steak is never as good reheated the next day. So, unless you really know you can eat the 20-ounce Porterhouse, stick with a more realistic, 12 or 14-ounce steak.

Mistake #3: Ordering your steak medium-rare if you don't like it that way

Chefs and other food experts will often tell you that steaks are best cooked medium-rare. This is when most cuts are the juiciest and most flavorful. But if you don't like your steak medium-rare, don't order it that way just for looks. Steaks can come with a pretty high price tag, so you want to make sure you order it how you like it. If that's rare, it's rare. If that's medium-well, then it's medium-well.

Hopefully, the next time you visit a steakhouse, you will be able to avoid these common ordering mistakes. Doing so will help ensure you have a nicer meal. Contact a local steakhouse restaurant to learn more about the menu.

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Eating Better At Great Restaurants

It isn't always easy to order well at a restaurant you have never been to before, but I have found that by reading reviews and doing what I can to research the place, things are easier to discern. I began thinking about all of the different ways to order at restaurants across the area, and it was cool to see that there were a few things that really stood out on certain menus. Before I knew it, I was able to identify what was best at different places, and it was fun to see how much ordering the right thing lent to my experience. Check out this blog for great tips on ordering.

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