What are some tips for having a good restaurant experience?

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Stefanie Sacks, MS
Nutrition & Dietetics
A good restaurant experience starts with getting educated about your dining choice. Going out to eat is a treat for many (including me) so I take going out seriously and only want to dine at places that have clean and thoughtful food. I never shy away from asking a lot of questions about menu items and being specific about how I want my food prepared. Communication is key. Most restaurants have websites (with their menus listed) so surely scour. And read customer reviews. 
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