13 Things Your Waiter Won't Tell You

Becky Worley, Liz Vaccariello reveal wait-staff secrets you might not know.
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We all like the inside secrets, especially from the pros. In our series with "reader's digest," called "13 things your blank won't tell you," today we have secrets your waiter won't tell you. Becky worley takes on this order. Reporter: When you go to the restaurant, you're at the mercy of the cooks, the busboys and especially the wait staff. And for someone who did this job for quite a few years, let me share some secrets. Let's start with getting a good seat. If you see one you want, ask for it right away. And use the inside lingo. Okay. You want that two-top in the window, right? Two-top is a table for two. Four-top, a table for four. In that gin and tonic, bombay or tanqueray? Tell them you'll have the well liquor. Well liquor is the standard. It sounds better than saying, I'll take the cheap booze. And it tells your server, you're not an easy mark. When ordering, two secrets here. Specials are items the chef wants to get rid of before t soil. Fish gumbo? Maybe not. If you want the best thing on the menu, ask the server. I like the pork chops best. If they list the most expensive thing on the menu -- you should definitely get the lobster. -- Ignore their advice completely. Next, you want a cup of coffee. If it's after 8:00 p.M., Most restaurants will only serve decaf,even if you say you want regular. If you say what's closing time? The serving servers want to get ahead of their side work as fast a as they can. If you need the caffeine, order an espresso drink. Many restaurants put a 20% tip on the bill for large groups. And waiters will rarely speak up if you accidentally double-tip. But on the whole, people who do this job are the salt of the earth. So, tip generously, if you can. A good waitress is worth way more than 15%. For "good morning america," becky worley, abc news, san francisco. We he even more inside scoop that could change what you order from the menu when eating out. We're joined by liz. As a former waitress, I know some of the secrets. But I was very surprised about the kids menu. There may be something in the food that we did not realize. Yeah. We spoke with a waitress that works at a well-known pizza chain. And she said they put sugar in almost every item on the ken's menu. Even the pizza. They put extra sugar in the pizza crust. That explains why moms everywhere, polish off the dishes. The kids want to come back, the mom and dad want to come back. A lot of sugar? To taste a little better. A little more palatable to that 4-year-old taste bud. Tell everybody why you should not order your water or diet coke with lemon in it. Nobody who has ever worked at a restaurant ever orders lemon. Everybody touch ever touches them. They peel off the stickers. They chop them up and put them in your drink. If you think about the germy journey that lemon's been on. Also, something you need to know about, fish. There's many foods you say, there's some good days to order. Some not-so-good days to order. You shouldn't order fish on sundays or mondays. best days. There's usually two fish shipments a week. But the best thing to do is to ask when the shipments come. Is it fresh? Is it homemade is what we hear about salad dressings and such. What's the deal? Some restaurants will go to costco or sam's club, and then put fresh blue cheese and call it homemade on the menu. That's not? Shoot. Yeah. So much more, too, in the "reader's digest." Check that out. Liz, always love having you. Glad to be here. Thank you so much. Check out goodmorningamerica.Com physician more on the things your waiter might not tell you.

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