5 Foods NOT to Order When Getting Take-Out
With the majority of our country’s restaurants operating at a diminished capacity or as curbside pick up only, more and more customers are discovering takeout food. If you aren’t allowed to cram yourself into a booth so a server can hand deliver to you plates of never-ending pasta or buffalo wings, then ordering your food to-go is surely just as good, right? Well, no, actually. Be warned: there are some menu items you should 100%, under no circumstances order to-go unless you are prepared to be disappointed. I recently conducted a very formal scientific poll to find out which menu items servers consider to be the worst things to order as take-out (Please note that by “formal scientific poll,” I mean that I asked a question on my Instagram page).
NACHOS: Who doesn’t love a big platter of crispy corn tortilla chips smothered in guacamole, cheese, beans, sour cream, jalapeños, and maybe some grilled chicken? Nachos really are one of God’s gifts, but they’re meant to be eaten seconds after being assembled and not after sitting in a plastic container in the passenger seat of an Uber Eats car for fifteen minutes as they travel from one neighborhood to another. When that happens, they meld together into one lukewarm pile of flaccid dissatisfaction and instead of picking up one corn chip at a time, you’ll be forced to eat them with a fork and that’s simply not natural.
FRIED CALAMARI: This is another food meant to be consumed as quickly as possible after it has been pulled from the deep fryer. Once it goes into a container, what was once light, crispy and delicious will be a weighty, soggy mess made even worse when the plastic ramekin of marinara accidentally opens during transit. Ordering this will lead to dismay and resentment (This is pretty much the case with anything fried).
FRENCH ONION SOUP: Yes, that bubbly gruyere cheese is a wonder to behold. Launching your spoon through the golden deliciousness and discovering a perfectly moist crouton swimming in a sea of onions and broth is a little ladle of heaven. However, if you order it to-go, that cheese will turn into a rubber-like substance that seals itself around the edge of the bowl and prohibits you from any option other than using your fingers to pry it apart. Then you’ll be left to discover lukewarm soup and a sad piece of dissolved bread that can no longer rightfully call itself a crouton. Beware.
MEDIUM RARE STEAK: If you like a little bit of pink in your ribeye, don’t expect that if it’s being delivered. As that perfectly cooked piece of USDA prime travels to you, it won’t know the difference between a ride to your house and “resting”, and will continue to steam inside its storage vessel, getting less pink with every minute that passes. If you order it well-done, it will arrive exactly as it was when it left the kitchen: dry, grey-ish brown, and one step away from a hockey puck.
ANY BREAKFAST FOOD: Just don’t do it. The bacon will be limp, the waffles will be cold, the eggs will be colder, the toast will be sodden, the Hollandaise sauce will be congealed and your expectations will fall flatter than a room temperature pancake. On top of that, you will live with the certainty that the server who put your order together was totally judging you. Eat a bowl of cereal and call it a day.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Crème brûlée, steamed mussels, fajitas, a side of broccoli, and a Bloomin’ Onion.