The Red Flags Chefs Can Tell A Restaurant Isn't Good

Woman Feeling Sick While Eating Bad Food in a Restaurant

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Do you always look at reviews of a restaurant before dining at a new restaurant? You're not a lone and thanks to a viral Reddit thread you can now look out for specific red flags when eating out.

A user on Reddit asked what red flags chefs looked out for to indicate to them that a restaurant isn't that good and they might help you make or break on deciding if you eat a full meal somewhere or just stay for drinks.

Here are some of our favorite red flags you want to look out for:

  • “Number one evaluation effect for me is smell. If it’s a sour smell or disinfectant smell — red flag."
  • "If there's a fish tank, take a look at it. If it's clean, you can bet the kitchen is too."
  • "Dirty bathrooms and dirty floors equal dirty kitchen."
  • "A huge menu is a sign that food is either frozen, precooked, and reheated — or ingredients are not very fresh."
  • "Carpet is a red flag — it's quieter and doesn't get slick, but it is one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen in restaurants. Vacuuming only goes so far."
  • "The bread. It has to be good bread. If they can't get the bread right, they don't know anything. No chef in their right mind half-asses the bread."
  • "If you can smell the seafood when you walk in, then it's not fresh. Fresh seafood doesn't have that scent we usually associate with it."
  • "Cheap ketchup on the table, or if they even let you see the ketchup brand."

You can see more red flags HERE, but what is your red flag that tells you a restaurant isn't that good?

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