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Mar 30, 2014 05:27 AM

Asking a restaurant for recipe

I have never done this before. Is this a common, accepted thing to do? I had this amazing pasta dish at a restaurant that I will likely never go to again, as it was during some travels. Would it be appropriate to call and ask for the recipe?

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  1. I have asked for recipes and gotten them, but never by phone. But hey what have you got to lose? The worst that can happen is they hang up on you, right? Take a deep breath and pick up the phone. And good luck!

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    1. re: Caroline1

      I just flashed back to being seventeen. "Please don't let her Dad answer . . ."

    2. I agree with Caroline1. I have asked and received recipes from restaurants. Some have said it's a secret, but none have been rude to me.

      1. I think it's not something you should do for a restaurant in your area as you can frequent the restaurant, but if it's a place you encounter on your travels then you can make contact as you're unlikely to experience that again (just a personal view, and not a rule by any means).

        I've done so before (email, not phone) - complimenting them on the meal, indicating that I'd dined there in my travels and asking if they were willing to reveal the ingredients/recipe.

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        1. re: haiku.

          How will the restaurant know where you live?
          i don't think that should matter.
          Sharing is sharing.
          If the restaurant feels threatened by little old me making their food, they've got bigger problems than a patron paying them an ultimate compliment.

        2. You most certainly can. I have never called though or e-mailed. What I have done is sent a hand written note complementing them on a particular dish and asked if they could e-mail it or write me back with the ingredients.
          I revisited one restaurant in particular, which has since closed, and was very pleased to see they the owner/chef put my note on display for others to see as you entered the restaurant.
          As my dad used to say, if you want milk from the cow, stroke her gently!

          1. I'd ask for recipe... what do you have to lose?

            Had an appetizer at someplace on Sea Side, NJ boardwalk that was very tastey... and BIG enough to be a meal with maybe a side salad. I didn't ask for recipe, but knew I could duplicate it at home. Grilled portabello mushroom, topped with grilled/roasted red pepper, grilled chicken, and topped with mozz. Have made several different version with no fails... subbed pork/beef tenderloin for chicken, added grilled onions, changed up cheese to cheddar, etc.