The 5 Things You're Doing Wrong at Restaurants
We've found some surprising ways to avoid sticker shock when the check arrives—and still have a terrific meal.
You're Walking in Hungry
You've heard it's not wise to go grocery shopping when you're famished—and it turns out that advice applies to dining out, too. Aaron Allen, a restaurant consultant who has advised clients including The Cheesecake Factory and TGI Fridays, says over-ordering is a common mistake among the ravenous. Two ways to avoid this pitfall: have a small snack before you leave home, or split an appetizer, which will leave you plenty of room for your entrée (and save you some money, too—especially since appetizers are some of the most high-margin items on the menu).