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Sep 12, 2007 10:04 AM

Am I the only one who peeks at the online menu prior to visiting a restaurant?

These days just about every restaurant has its menu available online. Now I've found myself constantly checking the menu to any restaurant I visit regardless of the meal (breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner).
Friends call me to meet them somewhere? I always defer to their choice, of course, but check the menu first anyway out of simple curiousity. Unless the menu is seriously out-of-date, I usually already know what I want to try or I obsess all day between this or that.

I'm starting to wonder, is it just me? Sure it lacks sense of surprise and spontenaity but it arms me with enough information and anticipation of what I'll be ordering later that day.

Frankly, I just can't. help. myself.

Oh, and I'll be eating here tonight (first-time)... Choices!

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  1. I don't think so. I do it all the time.

    p.s. The pork chop and Flatiron Steak at Duo are great!

    1. You are not alone. I love looking at menus before I visit a restaurant. At Mediterranean restaurants I love to order entress with pasta and shellfish/calamari. The menu will give me an idea of wat to expect. i love dick at Chinese retaruants, and like to see the price range of sushi at Japanese restaurants. I don't usually decide what I am getting until I get there, but it is nice to get an idea of the choices.
      IFor you dinner tonight, I think the pork chops and the duck entress look good- and the risotto fritters sound great as a starter. Enjoy!

      9 Replies
      1. re: macca

        I can't help myself-- I'm dying to know what Chinese restaurants you go to!!

        1. re: madisoneats

          A local favorite of mine is Out of Asia in Saugus ma. A few months ago, a freind took me to King Fung Garden in Chinatown for the peking duck- it was so good!. Not Chinese, but I also like the Duck Walk in Wakefiled. The stuffed chicken wing app is really good- and I like all of their duck entrees.

          1. re: macca

            I'm sorry macca--I was poking fun-- no cruel intent .... it was just a great misspelling/typo.

            1. re: madisoneats

              Duh- did not even notice the typo

              1. re: southernitalian

                They are so good. Have no idea how they do it, as when they come out, they are HUGE- they must steam them for a bit, then pull back the skin, and stuff them with spices, scallions and who knows what else- then fry them. I think I have their menu in work, and will check it out tomorrow. Will post back.But they are about two to three inches wide and two to three inches high.

                1. re: southernitalian

                  Found the menu- here is the description:
                  Marinated chicken wings in homemade herbs and spices, stuffed with chicken, shitake mushrooms, celery, onions and Thai spices wrapped with tofu skin, then deep fried.
                  So delicious- served with dipping sauce. I think I may have to get a take out order on my way home tonight.
                  As a matter of fact- I have lots of menus here at work- I guess it is kind of an obsessin with me, too. But a few Thai appetizers would make an easy, tasty dinner tonight.

            2. re: macca

              haha - Macca - you have a word mispelled in your post. I was beginning to wonder WHAT kind of Chinese restaurants you were going to???

              Popcorn - I do this all the time - even if it's a place I've been to before. You never know if they'll have new items on the menu!

              1. re: dallen

                I have new contacts on order, and I guess my eyes are not working very well. Will have to try and proff my posts until I can see again! Or than again, m aybe it was freudian slip!!

            3. are you kidding me? this is one of my all-time favorite hobbies. having access to menus only amps up my anticipation at eating at a place, and i really enjoy the anticipation. plus, i did weight watcher's for a while, so i always wanted to be able to go into a place with a game plan. also, i like to nose around and see what specific things on restaurant menus are recommended (by chowhounds and others).

              you are not alone, my friend.


              1. I do it all the time and often have already picked out what I want before I get to the restaurant. I think it's a disease...

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                1. re: sassygirl

                  Not only do I pick out what I'm going to have, I usually also decide what my dining companions are going to eat as well :)

                  In the Bay Area (and East Bay in particular), most of the good restaurants update at least on a monthly basis, and some change daily... sometimes I'll check out a menu for fun, and decide at the last second to go for dinner that day because I like what I see.

                  1. re: sassygirl


                    Obsessive On Line Menu Reading Disorder.

                    I suffer from it, too

                  2. I do it all the time too. I also love to look at menus posted in restaurant windows, even after I've just eaten a meal and am stuffed (my dad does this too). When my mom, who is not generally a food enthusiast, asks us how we can stand to look at a menu after we've just eaten, we reply "yeah, but we'll have to eat again."

                    Online menus are a great invention!