Menus Are Designed to Trick You Into Spending More
Want to lower your restaurant food bills? Look at the menu differently, because most menus are designed to trick you into spending more. Here are their top tricks:
Beware of the first item you see. Studies show you’re more likely to order the first thing on any food list. So, restaurants often categorize their menu by the type of dish – like chicken, fish, or salads, but they’ll always place their biggest money-maker in the number one spot.
Bigger isn’t always better. A lot of restaurants offer two sizes. Say, a lunch size Chicken Caesar salad for $9, and a full size for $12. You may think spending more gets you a bigger bang for your buck, but it’s usually just code for “rip-off.” That's because the plate size often stays the same. Chefs simply throw on a little extra lettuce.
Never order a never-ending pasta bowl. You may think it’s “free food,” but experts warn anything “never-ending” is often a bad buy, because you probably won’t eat more than one serving of anything. So, don’t do it unless you’re planning on pulling an all-nighter, like the teens who recently made headlines after taking on Denny’s “All You Can Eat” pancake challenge, and sat in the restaurant for 24 hoursstraight.