Are you someone who doesn't like to eat out because you are concerned with the sanitation? Sometimes articles come out explaining some horrific dining experience due to unsanitary conditions. Luckily, this is much more rare to experience than you may think. However, there are a few things you can do to ease your mind a bit and enjoy eating out again if the possibility of germs bothers you. Here are five tips to consider:
Ask Your Waitress for Hot Water: One thing you can do is to ask your waitress for hot water. Your waitress will bring out a cup for you that you can use to dip your fork, knife, and spoon in before you use it. This is just another sure way to get rid of any germs that might not have been washed in the back.
Get Carry Out Cups: When you eat out at a restaurant, you don't always have to get your drink in a glass. All restaurants will have carry out cups that you can request for your drink instead. The benefit of this is that you won't have a cup that has been used before. However, if you prefer the glass, which is also technically better for the environment, you can ask for a straw so that you don't have to put your mouth on the glass.
Ask for No Lemon: Lemon wedges can actually be pretty harmful to your health because of the fact that they are cut open and usually placed in a bin for a while before actually being used in your drink. For this reason, it's best to ask for your drink to not come with any lemon.
Bring Along Hand Sanitizer: While the waitress or busboy is going to wipe down your table for you, it's better to be safe than sorry. You can bring some hand sanitizer to wipe down the area you will be sitting and touching while in the restaurant for extra reassurance. If you forgot hand sanitizer, you can always request some. Many restaurants will have some on hand for you.
Get a To-Go Container: Instead of having your food placed on a plate, you can also request that it is placed in a to-go container. The benefit of this is that it's easy to box back up if you plan on taking the rest that you don't eat to go.
When you consider these five tips, you can make your restaurant experience a bit more sanitary and enjoyable for yourself. For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Tony Roma's.