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Are You a High-Maintenance Menu Orderer?

The more concerned I get about healthy eating, the more I start to sound like Sally Albright in When Harry Met Sally. The charming neurotic played by Meg Ryan makes endless substitutions when ordering off menus; as Harry points out, "'on the side' is a very big thing for you."

I confess, I'm also a big "on the side" person. I'm also a fan of sharing entrees and enjoying starters as a main course. Are you high maintenance when it comes to ordering off of restaurant menus?

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
My take on it is: I'm paying my money, I should get what I want as long as it's in the kitchen.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I tend to order healthier items but still want it to fit into my eating plan so I will ask for some modifications. And I tip well when it is done with a smile.
kia kia 7 years
I am allergic to cane sugar and oats and can be a pain in the butt checking for ingredients. I tend to go to places that can handle my needs though. My husband also calls to ahead to make sure they can handle it, and we also try to go at non-peak hours.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I don't tend to eat at crappy places where you would need to substitute. :shrug:
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't think I'm THAT picky; I usually ask for dressings on the side and if I order something with a side of veggies, I ask that they prepare them without butter. Or if an entree comes with tons of cheese, I ask them to leave it off. I feel like if I'm paying for it, I should get exactly what I want.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Oh boy am I ever!!! I do not eat: wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, starch, soy, nuts, whey, pork, beef from restaurants (cause it's always corn fed), or dressings.... so yea, what do I eat? I stick to the fish and the steamed vegetable side dishes! You would be amazed at how tasty the chef can make my meal with out all the above ingredients!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
JessBear233, I have not had good anything at Red Robin, service-wise or food. In fact, that is the only restaurant that I've got food poisoning from so i've basically crossed it off my list of places to eat at.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
2muchtv, I'm the same way, I'm not rude about my order, I'm always friendly and polite and I always tip well.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
Nope. If I'm trying to eat healthy, I cook my own meal. If I'm going out to eat, I allow myself to splurge. Why would I waste money on going out to get steamed veggies? I want to eat food the way the chef intended for it to be eaten. He's the pro. Plus, I'd rather have some butter in my food than spit because I've annoyed the wait staff/chef/etc.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
My friends have said that the way I order is entertaining. I'm vegetarian, but I don't want to be an imposition on where my friends choose to dine. I always question about whether or not something is in fact veg (I have to define it so that seafood is included, include stock, lard, rennet, gelatin, certain types of food coloring, separate section on the grill for veggies vs meat), and have the server check with the chef if s/he isn't sure. However, I'm also VERY polite, ask with a smile, and give a HUGE-ASS Tip (depending on how annoying I feel I was, varies between 15% - 30%).
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I don't think it's too high maintenance to ask for dressing on the side or for no mayo on a sandwich. That's about as much as I'll usually ask.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
i just dont eat at places where i think this will be an issue.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I also try to choose the healthiest option I can, but even then sometimes I make changes, modifications so yes, I can be high maintenance. This used to bother me, but not anymore. If others can do it because of food allergies or medical reasons, then I don't have a problem doing it to stick to my nutrition plan. Also, I've found that the chefs often like to make modifications and are usually very happy to oblige the diner.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I try and eaty healthy options but even then, I ask for salad dressings and condiments on the side.
adelaidekay adelaidekay 7 years
I only got out once a month if that & depending on where I go alot of times I did get a salad & a burger but if I go to Arby's I go all out. I rarely go there though.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I usually will make sure veggies have no butter, make sure the dressing is on the side, and make sure that things are baked, not fried - but I'm usually ordering pretty healthy to begin with.
michlny michlny 7 years
Hey, I am (or my SO is) paying for it so I get to have it the way I like it! :)
weffie weffie 7 years
I'm vegan so I usually make a lot of mods, but I do try to choose items that will require the least amount of changing.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I put no, but it's because I usually just order something healthy to begin with.
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