Everyone heading out on a luxurious vacation fantasizes about breakfast in bed. But when it comes down to it, breakfast foods just don’t hold up too well under room-service lids. Scrambled eggs, for example, begin to lose heat and taste almost as soon as they leave the pan. That means when they get to you, they’re “cold and gluey,” says Jonathan Knudsen, an executive at JK Hospitality in New York. Got a trip coming up? Memorize the 10 red flags of a bad hotel.
This crispy breakfast pastry is another food you’ll want to avoid calling in. Once you put a pile of waffles under a room-service lid, they’ll begin to get soggy because of the steam. Instead, order pancakes or French toast, which retain heat better and don’t get as noticeably limp.
Obviously, fried foods don’t hold up too well under steamy room-service plates—unless you like your fries soggy, that is. As a rule of thumb, Knudsen says to avoid foods like calamari, fried chicken, and quesadillas. The exception to the rule? Buffalo chicken. “Although fried, they cannot be overcooked,” says Knudsen. “Plus, the hot tossed sauce keeps them warmer longer.” One way to make sure your hotel’s food is top of the line? Start your hotel search with the best hotel in every state, according to travelers.