The Surprising Thing You Should Avoid Ordering at a Steakhouse

Be careful how you order your steak. "Medium-rare" doesn't mean the same thing it used to.

We’ve all heard how to order steak: medium-rare, which translates to an internal temperature of 135°F. Most chefs recommend this temperature, as it brings out the flavor while ensuring that the cut stays tender, and also allows a little more time for a nice char on the outside.

But if you order your steak medium-rare these days, you might get it quite a bit more “rare” than you bargained for. In fact, some restaurant-goers are reporting receiving their “medium-rare” steaks to find that the steaks are almost completely raw! Find out some things you should never eat at a restaurant.

Why your medium-rare steak is being served raw

The reason for this mishap is not due to a personal affront from the chef or your server. It primarily comes down to one thing: cost.

The meat of it is, costs are rising all across the board. A quality pound of rib eye that was $6 two years ago now sells for $8. Rents are climbing. Labor costs are increasing. And competition between restaurants is fierce, resulting in even more expense as restaurants try to out-do each other with decor and advertising.

How cost impacts cooking

If a customer finds that their steak is underdone and they send it back, it’s easy to put that steak on the grill for a few more minutes and have it out to the table with no lost cost. However, if the table finds that their steak is overdone, that steak has to be thrown out, and the restaurant loses the money on the product. Pressured by tight profit margins, chefs tend to err on the side of caution, which can result in under-cooked steaks. Cooking steaks at home? Don’t make these mistakes.

Get the steak you ordered

To keep a raw steak from hitting your table, be communicative with your server about what you’re looking for. Order your steak “medium-rare-plus,” not quite medium but more cooked than medium-rare. This ensures you’re getting the juicy, ready-to-eat steak you’ve been waiting for. Bon appétit! Now you just need to know the right way to reheat your steak if you take it home for leftovers.

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Maggie Ward
Maggie Ward is an arts-loving writer based in Chicago. She received her B.A. in English and Theatre from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. While living in Appleton, she worked as a writer and copy editor for Appleton's Fox Cities Magazine, as well as a writer and copy editor for the student newspaper The Lawrentian. Following college, she moved to Door County to work at Peninsula Players Theater, where she assisted with the marketing and audience education content, as well as heading up the theater's social media. Maggie is passionate about theatre and film, and is always working on a new musical or web series. She is also an avid restauraunt visitor, seeking out the best cocktails and tacos the city has to offer.