Asking The Chef to Choose My Meal.
it depends on the place and the chef, but usually you get respect from a chef whose ego is stroked.
this week hubby went to an indian that we wanted to try for take out, and ordered "3 things that you think will work well together". It was the best indian food I've had in years!
I did this once at the Snack Bar in Philadelphia and the chef went wild, sending me out some complimentary sample dishes that he wanted me to taste. I was thrilled and sent him back a glass of his favorite cocktail concoction.
It helped that I was there when it wasn't very busy.