They roll your eyes when you order the chicken. They hang their head when you ask for dressing on the side. Self-proclaimed foodies might be an insufferable bunch, but if there’s one thing they know, it’s how to behave at a restaurant. Here, nine things a real one would never, ever do. 

RELATED: Why You Should Never Order The Second Cheapest Wine On the Menu

foodie1

MAKE A RESERVATION WITHOUT DOING RESEARCH

It’s not that every restaurant needs three stars from The New York Times. It’s just that foodies want a recommendation (either from a critic or a super-trusted pal) they can count on. Another reason foodies do their homework? To find out the best thing to order on the menu. After all, there’s no sense shelling out for the subpar filet mignon when the duck risotto is where it’s at.

foodie2

DEVIATE FROM THE MENU

Substitutions be damned. The chef wrote the menu the way it was supposed to be enjoyed and who are you to mess with that?

foodie3

ASK FOR DRESSING/SAUCE ON THE SIDE

Ditto the point above. If the restaurant is a respectable establishment, they know how to serve you lettuce without over-coating the leaves.

RELATED: 21 Things All Foodies Need To Eat Before They Die

foodie4

CHOOSE THE CHICKEN

Unless it’s a rare breed of bird, chicken is generally considered a throwaway dish. Instead, a foodie is on the lookout for in-season ingredients (like snap peas or ramps) or rare cooking methods (like the house-cured salmon that marinated for 12 hours).

foodie5

ORDER FISH OR MEAT THAT’S NOT LOCALLY SOURCED

It’s not just about the superior taste, it’s about the nutritional value. Local food is fresher, healthier and more flavorful, mainly because it's arriving on nature's timeline. The only exception? An out-of-state entreé--say walleye from the Great Lakes region--that comes with a full explanation of the farm it came from (and how recently it was shipped in).

foodie6

ORDER THE SAME THING AS SOMEONE ELSE

Talk about a wasted opportunity. In a foodie’s mind, the more variety on the table, the more chances there are to steal a bite from everyone else’s dish.

RELATED: 16 Signs You’re Turning Into a Foodie

foodie7

REQUEST THE “SPECIAL”

Foodies know: “Special” is code for "the chef had a surplus ingredient he didn’t know what to do with, so he added a last-minute dish to the menu and jacked up the price."

foodie8

ASK FOR MEAT TO BE SERVED WELL-DONE

Ordering your cut of beef well-done makes it less tender and ruins the flavor profile. Go with medium rare or medium to ensure you taste all the fatty and juicy flavors.

foodie9

LET THE FOOD GET COLD

Unless you’re snapping an Instagram pic, there’s no way you’d waste a minute chowing down on your main dish. Once the food reaches room temperature, the flavors start to recede. In other words, carpe diem!

RELATED: The 10 Best Vacations For Foodies

From Around The Web