Dishes to Approach with Caution at Restaurants

Krystal Smith

Hey, food lovers! We’re dishing out the scoop on ten supposedly delicious eats that could stir up some stomach drama. From burgers that are more casual than they seem to be to raw oysters that might not be worth the risk, we’re giving you the rundown on what to steer clear of for a healthier dining experience.


Meatloaf is made of ground meat, pork, or veal and is considered too high in fat and sodium. While this is a tempting food that will wow your taste buds, you should stay clear of consuming it because of its high fat and sodium content, which can be unhealthy for your health. Nowadays, restaurants have placed a premium on meatloaf by adding it to the food class that evokes your childhood memories and nostalgia, but against the backdrop of this, they use recipes that consist of various fillers and little meat, making it unhealthy and not worth the price. 

Gourmet Burger 

The gourmet burger is not as healthy as it seems; this assertion comes at the end of research that came to being after various debates and looks like it is going to be around for a while. Gourmet burgers were prepared with ground beef and toppings like avocados, tomatoes, and grilled onion. But the massive introduction of other unhealthy toppings like mayonnaise, cheese, and bacon has turned it from healthy to harmful cuisine, possibly leading to complications in your body system. 

Raw Oyster 

While many people enjoy eating raw oysters from its shell, the tradition is nothing but an enjoyment at the expense of your health. There have been cases where people have contaminated viruses and bacteria by eating raw, uncooked food. Raw oyster is not an exception because of pathogens infestation through ocean water. Many restaurants have placed this on their menu and said it to be a selling experience, unbeknown to you that you are buying health risks. 

Buffalo Wings

The unhealthy constituents of buffalo wings are enough to turn you off. Still, most people are not privy to the unbalanced recipes used in making this unhealthy delicacy. A small order of 10 buffalo wings in a restaurant contains 1,650 calories, 1400 grams of fat, and 504 grams of saturated fat, while four tablespoons of wish-bone blue cheese dressing consists of 600 calories and 56 grams of fat. These are too much for your body to handle and are a leading cause of obesity among young people. 

Raw Sprout

Eating raw sprouts can lead to food poisoning. Raw sprouts were hailed for their health benefits, such as increased vascular activity. However, the wrong side of this food has been established because of the growth process of alfalfa, clovers, and bean radishes that could harbor a series of bacteria like E.coli, which is too harmful to the body. The resultant effect of such consumption can lead to diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and others. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer to trade your health for a little piece of raw sprouts in the restaurant. 

Hollandaise Sauce 

Hollandaise sauce is a tasty and pricey meal that’s a darling of chefs and consumers alike. However, current research into this cuisine has revealed the risk of salmonella contamination and bacteria infections due to the addition of raw eggs. Additionally, hollandaise consumption can increase body weight, block blood flow, and pose health problems. This was attributed to the unsafe handling of the sauce and poor storage.

Unpasteurized Cheese

It has been said that eating unpasteurized cheese can lead to severe food-borne illnesses like fatal tuberculosis. The cause of this can be attached to the preparation process. Unpasteurized cheese is made from raw milk, which is not heated to kill all its pathogens. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been verified cases of more than 144 deaths linked to the consumption of unpasteurized cheese between 2007 and 2016.  

Chicken Sashimi 

Chicken Sashimi, or raw chicken, is another food you should never eat in a restaurant. The reason for this can be linked to the preparation process, which includes just 10 minutes of preparation of the tiny sliced breast meat of the chicken. This process is unhealthy and insufficient to crush all the microbes that might be housed in the chicken. Microorganisms like campylobacter and salmonella are the most common bacteria in TBS food, leading to diseases and, unfortunately, death for those with compromised immune systems. 

Bread Basket 

While this might be tempting when offered as a complimentary option, it is advisable not to consume it due to issues such as bloating, increased sugar levels, and constipation. It has already ruined your appetite and led to unnecessary stress on your body system. Since you are getting enlightening satisfaction from the main course, there is no need to try anything from the bread basket. 

Iceberg Lettuce 

Iceberg lettuce is a cheap and long-lasting green vegetable always available on the menu. Apart from the availability benefit and the ease of preparation, you can get no nutritional help from eating iceberg lettuce outside the fact that Iceberg lettuce contains more than 90% water, making it a less impressive option to dine in a restaurant.