There are plenty of reasons people choose to dine out as opposed to making food for themselves at home.
Laziness can certainly be a key motivator, but there’s also the somewhat indefinable “experience” that comes with grabbing a meal at a restaurant.
Many establishments have embraced various gimmicks in an attempt to set themselves apart from the back.
Say what you will about the outrageous prices the man known as “Salt Bae” charges at his steakhouses, but I can’t really knock the hustle of someone who was able to open multiple outposts around the world by leveraging the viral fame that can be basically credited to the internet’s thirst for videos of a hot dude seasoning a hunk of meat.
However, you don’t need to make the trip to a restaurant that falls under the “Fine Dining” umbrella to take advantage of the theatrics that can partially justify the price of your meal.
Sure, the likes of Chili’s and Applebee’s might not be the ritziest joints on the planet, but there’s something to be said for hitting them up and treating yourself to the spectacle that comes with getting a steaming plate of sizzling fajitas dropped off at your table.
If you enjoy that particular experience, you may want to brace yourself for a video that recently went viral on TikTok for “exposing” the simple trick restaurants who offer those kinds of dishes deploy to kick them up a notch.
It makes sense that many diners assume the signature sizzling is the result of meat and veggies continuing to cook in the cast-iron tray they’re traditionally served on.
However, an employee at a Mexican restaurant in Houston made plenty of people question everything they’ve ever known thanks to a video where he showed a cook simply drizzling water over an order of carne asada to produce a billow of steam before bringing the dish to the customer.
I’ve never felt so deceived.