10 Dirty Restaurant Tricks
Eateries cut corners and assume you won't notice
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 12:09 PM CDT
Would you know the difference between fried seaweed and fried cabbage?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Restaurants are known to cut a few corners for the sake of their bottom lines. Slashfood sheds some light on dirty little industry secrets, including:

  • Using cabbage instead of seaweed: An ex-maître d’ at an upscale Chinese joint says the chef assumed his celebrity clientele wouldn’t know the difference. He was right.
  • Topping off beer pitchers with seltzer: “The drunker the guys got, the more seltzer they got,” says one sports bar insider.

  • Refilling pricey bottled water from the tap: “Where I worked we served Voss,” says one waitress, “because it has the easiest screw top to re-seal.”
  • Serving rotten meat: Steakhouses routinely hold bad meat until someone orders it well done.
  • Serving caffeinated coffee as decaf: One Philadelphia waiter reports returning to the kitchen with a cup of caffeinated coffee after a customer complained. “The head waiter took the cup from my hand, handed it right back to me, and said, ‘There—now it’s decaf.”
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