Chefs reveal the menu items you should never order

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Have you ever gone to a restaurant and asked the waiter for menu recommendations? Or ask them to help you decide between two dishes?

Related: Foods dietitians wish you would eat more of:

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Artichokes

“Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables because they are delicious and they are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals in the body which can prevent chronic illnesses and keep your skin young and healthy. They are also a great flat-belly food because they help fight constipation and inflammation. Fresh or frozen are fine! Add them to your salad or toss them into your stir fry.”

Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.N., founder of the New York-based BZ Nutrition

Pork

“Pork has a bad reputation because we often think of the fattier cuts like bacon or ribs. It also has taken a back seat to chicken as the lean meat of choice. But when you choose the right cuts (think tenderloin and trimmed pork chops), you've got a lean protein-packed option. Pork is also a great source of B vitamins, zinc, and selenium.”

—Abbey Sharp, R.D., a blogger at Abbey’s Kitchen

Cottage Cheese

“I love cottage cheese because it is a great source of protein and calcium—a half cup contains approximately 13 grams of protein and 10 percent of your daily calcium needs—it’s also so filling, and plain cottage cheese also doesn’t contain any added sugars. I love that it’s a food you can chew, which adds to satiety and fullness cues. I think consumers forget about cottage cheese because the marketing for Greek yogurt is so strong. Cottage cheese is very versatile in that you can eat it plain or with a variety of toppings such as fruit and nuts. You can even add it to smoothies and use in dishes like lasagna and stuffed pasta shells. “

—Lindsey Pine, M.S., R.D., owner of Tasty Balance Nutrition

Wild blueberries

“These berries have more than double the antioxidants of conventional blueberries. While they’re only available fresh for a short time in a small part of the country, you can find them in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store. I love keeping them in my freezer and using them as an ingredient in smoothies or fruit-based ‘nice cream.’”

—Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition

Seafood

“Seafood, which includes fish and shellfish, is a good source of high-quality protein and other nutrients like iron and zinc. In addition, fatty fish (like canned tuna, salmon, anchovies, herring, sardines and trout) provide docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fat that is essential for brain development and function, and may help to slow down the process of brain aging as we get older.”

Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, author of Eat Right When The Time Is Right

Beans

“Beans are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. The high fiber helps with decreasing your waistline and improving digestion. If you buy beans in cans, be sure to rinse before cooking as sometimes they are stored in salt!”

Jen Flachbart, M.S., R.D.N.

Pomegranate

“Everyone is buzzing about antioxidants these days, but one antioxidant super fruit tends to slip under the radar: the sweet and pleasantly tart pomegranate. Perhaps it's because of the labor involved in cracking open the fruit to uncover its ruby red arils. But rest assured there are ways to reap the benefits of the pomegranate—polyphenols, vitamin C, potassium and fiber—without all the work. I like to look for ready-to-eat POM's Fresh Pomegranate Arils. Or I’ll drink POM 100% Pomegranate Juice, year round. It’s great because there are never any added sugars, preservatives or artificial anything. In fact, a 16-ounce bottle has the juice of four whole pomegranates.”

Kara Lydon, R.D., L.D.N., R.Y.T., author of Nourish Your Namaste and The Foodie Dietitian Blog

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a seasoning we often pay more attention to in the fall and winter seasons, but it’s a great spice to consume all year round. Cinnamon has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and research has shown that it may help improve blood glucose in people with diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Try sprinkling some cinnamon on your coffee or oatmeal, or add to your seasonings for chicken and vegetables.”

—Maxine Yeung, M.S., R.D., owner of The Wellness Whisk

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But how much do they really know? They're just passing along the food -- they're not making it, after all! It's the chefs you should be asking -- they have the inside scoop! Watch the video above to learn about the menu items you should NEVER order, according to top chefs!

Scroll through to see some foods the chefs would NEVER order:

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Never order fish on a Monday. 
Skip Kobe beef. The price and small portions outweigh its quality. 
Chicken in restaurants is overpriced and poor quality. That being said, restaurants often give customers too much -- it's not healthy. 
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Related: 25 chain restaurants Americans hate:

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Fricker's 

Excessive Noise Levels: 22%
Poor Service: 22%
Problematic Food Prep: 12%
Dirty Environment: 22%

Photo credit: Facebook.com
 

Dave & Buster's 

Excessive Noise Levels: 32%
Poor Service: 23%
Problematic Food Prep: 13%
Dirty Environment: 14%

Photo credit: Reuters

Taco Mac

Excessive Noise Levels: 24%
Poor Service: 28%
Problematic Food Prep: 13%
Dirty Environment: 9%

Photo credit: Facebook.com
 

Native Grill & Wings

Excessive Noise Levels: 23%
Poor Service: 19%
Problematic Food Prep: 13%
Dirty Environment: 15%

Photo credit: Facebook.com  

Quaker Steak & Lube

Excessive Noise Levels: 25%
Poor Service: 18%
Problematic Food Prep: 11%
Dirty Environment: 12%

Photo credit: Getty

Buffalo Wild Wings 

Excessive Noise Levels: 30%
Poor Service: 17%
Problematic Food Prep: 12%
Dirty Environment: 10%

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The Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

Excessive Noise Levels: 25%
Poor Service: 20%
Problematic Food Prep: 12%
Dirty Environment: 10%

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

Huddle House

Excessive Noise Levels: 15%
Poor Service: 20%
Problematic Food Prep: 13%
Dirty Environment: 23%

Photo credit: Reuters 

P.J. Whelihan's Pub and Restaurant 

Excessive Noise Levels: 31%
Poor Service: 13%
Problematic Food Prep: 8%
Dirty Environment: 10%

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

Joe's Crab Shack 

Excessive Noise Levels: 24%
Poor Service: 18%
Problematic Food Prep: 11%
Dirty Environment: 11%

Photo credit: Getty

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Excessive Noise Levels: 21%
Poor Service: 20%
Problematic Food Prep: 11%
Dirty Environment: 10%

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

Wild Wing Cafe

Excessive Noise Levels: 24%
Poor Service: 20%
Problematic Food Prep: 10%
Dirty Environment: 11%

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Hard Rock Cafe 

Excessive Noise Levels: 24%
Poor Service: 20%
Problematic Food Prep: 11%
Dirty Environment: 7%

Photo credit: Reuters

Rainforest Cafe

Excessive Noise Levels: NA
Poor Service: NA
Problematic Food Prep: NA
Dirty Environment: NA

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Iron Skillet 

Excessive Noise Levels: 11%
Poor Service: 19%
Problematic Food Prep: 16%
Dirty Environment: 16%

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Texas Roadhouse

Excessive Noise Levels: 38%
Poor Service: 10%
Problematic Food Prep: 7%
Dirty Environment: 10%

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Buffalo Wings & Rings

Excessive Noise Levels: 31%
Poor Service: 31%
Problematic Food Prep: 10%
Dirty Environment: 9%

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

Dick's Last Resort 

Excessive Noise Levels: 18%
Poor Service: 20%
Problematic Food Prep: 9%
Dirty Environment: 16%

Photo credit: Getty

Logan's Roadhouse

Excessive Noise Levels: 24%
Poor Service: 15%
Problematic Food Prep: 12%
Dirty Environment: 14%

Photo credit: Facebook.com

House Of Blues 

Excessive Noise Levels: 19%
Poor Service: 19%
Problematic Food Prep: 14%
Dirty Environment: 10%

Photo credit: Getty

Bar Louie 

Excessive Noise Levels: 25%
Poor Service: 16%
Problematic Food Prep: 10%
Dirty Environment: 8%

Photo credit: Getty

Red Robin Gourmet Burger and Brews 

Excessive Noise Levels: 26%
Poor Service: 16%
Problematic Food Prep: 10%
Dirty Environment: 9%

Photo credit: Reuters 

Waffle House 

Excessive Noise Levels: 17%
Poor Service: 12%
Problematic Food Prep: 9%
Dirty Environment: 22%

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Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill

Excessive Noise Levels: 27%
Poor Service: 11%
Problematic Food Prep: 12%
Dirty Environment: 11%

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

Duffy's Sports Grill

Excessive Noise Levels: 33%
Poor Service: 14%
Problematic Food Prep: 10%
Dirty Environment: 5%

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

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