the pop science of ordering food at a restaurant
Blogger Jason Kottke has a funny posting about ordering food at a restaurant, or at least it's funny if you've been paying attention to some recent pop-psychology and pop-economics books. Here's my favorite:
Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven JohnsonHis posting also makes one useful tip, which is that the second-cheapest bottle of wine on the menu usually has the highest mark-up. Restaurant owners are cleverer than you think...
Order anything made with lots of butter, sugar, etc. Avoid salad or anything organic. A meal of all desserts may be appropriate. Or see if you can get the chef to make you a special dish like foie gras and bacon covered with butterscotch and hot fudge. Ideally, you will have brought a Super Sized McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal into the restaurant with you. Smoke and drink liberally.