Ever have the feeling that people are talking about you in a restaurant? There’s a good chance your instincts aren’t wrong: they probably are. The restaurant industry is notoriously insidery, with secret languages and clever acronyms to boot. We can’t decide if this is lucky or unlucky, but now, thanks to a new series from The New York Times, we’re offered a behind-the-dining-room look at the secret codes of our favorite restaurants. See ‘artichoke’ written on your check? Congratulations, you’re a looker. Catch a glimpse of ‘Big Macher’? Get your wallet out, the check is coming to you. Read the comprehensive list, and become fluent in their language, here.
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