Not so special
Ever notice how restaurant servers push the special of the day? Their reasons may be more economic than culinary. “When I go out to eat at other restaurants, I never order the specials,” says executive chef and owner Alberto Morreale of Farmer’s Bottega, in San Diego. “Some restaurants put together their specials for the day based on what’s about to expire or what they’re trying to get rid of faster.” Instead, he asks the server to recommend something made with local ingredients, or what arrived fresh that day. Don’t miss these secrets waiters will never tell you.