Yesterday Ed asked "Are you a menu whisperer?" Like a couple of you, I thought the topic was headed somewhere else—namely some folks' seemingly magic ability to order just the right thing wherever they go.
I'll admit right off: I am not a menu whisperer. But my girlfriend is. Her meal inevitably ends up being more delicious than whatever I order. I don't know if this is a case of grass-is-always-greener syndrome or an innate gift that she has. (She says her mom has noticed the same thing whenever they eat together.)
I have some workarounds that sometimes steer me in the right direction, and I hesitate to mention them here because they're pretty much duh: online research, asking the wait staff, or watching what other people eat. Also: generally avoiding the chicken dish (it's usually there for timid eaters), and staying away from whatever jumps out as being out of place (fish at a steakhouse, a burger at a seafood joint—although I've found at least one exception to that last one).
Anyway: Are you a true menu whisperer? Do you always manage to coax the good items from the list of dishes? If so, what are your tricks? Or do you just fall flat like me?
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