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How to Get Your Favorite, Famous Restaurant Recipes

Updated on July 25, 2009

How Do You Get Those Recipes?

If you love to cook, chances are you love to eat. Replicating recipes from your favorite restaurants is probably one of your pastimes. The problem is that they aren't always quite as successful as you hope for.

I just love restaurants and chefs that share their recipes. Some even have them posted on their websites. Others, sometimes all it takes is a sincere compliment to the chef to get the secret. Unless you are after a secret sauce or the KFC original seasoning recipe (which is kept under lock and key), a recipe usually isn't that hard to get.

Here are some tips to sweet talk a chef into giving up his or her secrets.

  1. Be nice to your server. He or she is probably going to be the one that relays your request to the chef.
  2. Send your compliments to the chef before you ask for the recipe.
  3. Do not criticize the food or complain about your dish. That kind of cancels out the compliment.
  4. Ask your server if the recipes are available. Some restaurants have a number of recipes published on their websites.
  5. If the recipes are not available, chances are your server will ask the chef for you. Most likely, the answer you will get will be verbal, not written down, so be prepared to write down the ingredients and basic instructions.
  6. If the chef is too busy to give you the recipe, don't give up, but don't be a pest. Send a note to the chef in the mail (with a stamped, addressed, return envelope) or through the restaurant's email complimenting the food, and asking once again for the recipe. Thank the chef in advance for taking the time to help you.
  7. Only ask for one recipe, not the entire menu. Also, don't ask about how to make simple things like white sauce, or for a recipe that will take the chef an hour to write down for you. In other words, don't ask how to make Beef Wellington. Keep your request simple.

Red Lobster and Olive Garden Real Deal Recipes

It is amazing how many copycat recipes are out there for The Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Apparently people just don't know that many of them are available on the corporate websites.

From The Red Lobster, you may want to try appetizers and sides like Asian Garlic Grilled Shrimp, Maryland Crabcakes, Cherry Maple Glaze and Lobster Bisque, entrees including Lobster and Asparagus Penne Pasta, Lobster Pizza, or even the Roasted Maine Lobster with Crabmeat Stuffing.

From the Olive Garden, you'll find famous recipes like Meat Ravioli with Bolognese, LInguine with Anchovies and Mussels, Shrimp Scampi or Baked Stuffed Artichokes with Foccacia.

Both The Red Lobster and Olive Garden offer a number of appetizer, side dish, main dish, vegetable and dessert recipes that you've come to love over the years. So rather than look up copycat recipes, why not cook the real thing?


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      htodd 7 years ago from United States

      Nice post Julie,Thanks for the post