Last week, my sister and I stopped at an adorable roadside stand in Connecticut called Harry’s Place. I’d driven past it a few times and always thought it deserved a stop. Looking at the menu, I could see that burgers were their claim to fame — fresh and dripping with juice just like mom used to make. The trouble was, I didn’t really feel like a burger and wanted something slightly lighter, or at least lighter tasting. I decided on the lobster roll, which ended up knocking my socks off. But when I got home, I read in the local paper that the restaurant was recently rated one of the 20 burgers in the country you must have before you die, or something like that. Boy, was I was wishing I’d gotten that burger!
I travel a lot. I eat out even more. And I’m learning that if I had the “specialty of the house” everywhere I went, I would probably be unable to move, not to mention a lot less satisfied. It’s hard not to splurge on certain items when you know you’re only going to be somewhere once. But it’s a good habit to get into (I didn’t say it was easy) to order only exactly what you want, whether it’s a burger or a house salad. This way, you get what you’re craving and the meal will leave you more satisfied.
At Green Mountain, I have heard women talk about how they would order the unhealthiest thing on the menu–even if they weren’t in the mood for it–because they were going to start their diet tomorrow. We’ve all been there. The same goes for traveling and wondering whether the most decadent dish is worth splurging for, since it’s “just this once.”
I think the first step is catching yourself before you order, maybe before you even open the menu and asking yourself, what do I truly want to eat?
The good news is that now, when I’m in the mood for a burger, I know where to go.
Do you have trouble ordering what you really want? Share your thoughts in the comments section.