The Menuism Dining Blog isn't just for cuisines, ingredients, and drinks. You'll also find tips and etiquette for dining out in general. Get to know the world of restaurants better by checking out posts like 10 Tips for Dining With Kids, 10 Ways to Save Money While Dining Out, and Table Manners: A Southerner's Perspective.

Why choose one restaurant for dinner when you could choose dozens? There’s a food hall and farmer’s market renaissance happening around the country, and if you visit any of these locations, you’ll want to make sure you start with an empty stomach.

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Posted by on July 11th, 2016

Photo by Al / Flickr

Photo by Al / Flickr

The restaurant industry is seeing big changes in the way it pays its workers. I’ve covered the details here, but how are restaurants putting alternative tipping and payments into practice?
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Posted by on July 5th, 2016

Photo by Roger Jones / Flickr

Photo by Roger Jones / Flickr

Have you ever wondered why restaurant servers are paid less than minimum wage, then given tips to compensate, instead of getting paid a living wage up front? It’s the question of the moment in the restaurant industry, and over the past year, a few interesting changes have been taking place.
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Posted by on June 6th, 2016

Photo by Sheep"R"Us / Flickr

Photo by Sheep”R”Us / Flickr

Dining out should be relaxing, but when you put your food prep in someone else’s hands, it’s like playing a game of Russian roulette.

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Posted by on May 9th, 2016

Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Who doesn’t love burritos? From poor college students to CEOs on the go, farmworkers to surfers, burritos are basically one of our national foods. But where do they come from? And how have they evolved?
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Posted by on March 14th, 2016

Michael Stern/Flickr

Michael Stern/Flickr

It’s happened to us all – we see a commercial, or scroll past a picture on social media, featuring a dish that makes our stomachs growl. Whether it’s a juicy burger topped with luscious melted cheese or a slice of rich chocolate cake so moist it almost glistens, chances are a lot of work went into making that food look as good as it does.
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Posted by on January 18th, 2016

JaBB/Flickr

JaBB/Flickr

Boneless, skinless chicken breast is pretty much as ubiquitous as a food gets in the USA. But why did this one cut become so wildly popular…and what the heck happens to all of the dark meat that none of us seem to be eating?
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Posted by on January 11th, 2016

The Ravenous Pig / Facebook

The Ravenous Pig / Facebook

Who serves the best lunch in Orlando? It’s an age-old question, and one that deserves answers. After all, food can be one of the most memorable parts of a vacation. Make the most of your meals in Orlando by eating at the tastiest, most popular lunch spots the city has to offer. They’re sure to make your midday meal a good one! (more…)

Posted by on August 31st, 2015

Photo by AMC

Photo by AMC

When I would go to the movie theaters when I was a kid, the options at the concession stand were pretty standard: popcorn, hot dogs, an assortment of candies, and soda. Sometimes — but not all the time — a theater would also have nachos. That was always exciting.

These days, however, the options are practically limitless. You can get chicken fingers, burgers, mozzarella sticks, pizza, salads, gourmet chocolates, not to mention all the classic choices previously mentioned. Eating at the movies is now like eating at a full-service restaurant. (more…)

Posted by on August 10th, 2015

Photo by Toshihiro Gamo

Photo by Toshihiro Gamo

Let’s face it: sushi has evolved (or arguably, devolved) far from its traditional Japanese roots. Offerings with cream cheese, pineapple, and barbecued meats all purport to be sushi, but aren’t exactly authentic. There’s a reason it’s called a California roll and not a Tokyo roll.

This doesn’t mean that it’s bad to like these menu choices, or for restaurants to offer them. All chefs, including sushi chefs, should feel free to experiment and offer anything they think will delight their guests. But with sushi so far from its origins, how closely to traditional sushi etiquette should we hold ourselves? Will you look like a dork if you bow to the sushi chef? (Answer: probably, even though this would be expected in Japan). (more…)

Posted by on August 3rd, 2015

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