Secret: You’re More at Risk for Food Poisoning After 8 p.m.
Although it can feel sophisticated to dine out later, the closer you
get to closing time, the more likely you are to get a compromised meal
because the ingredients were prepped hours before, giving bacteria
plenty of time to multiply.
Additionally, the kitchen may not be
in ideal condition as your meal is prepared. The fryers have accumulated
the build-up of an entire night's service, plus the oil isn't fresh
anymore. Instead of making your food crispy, the grease just soaks into
your food. Plus, the kitchen is in cleanup mode, so your dish could be
being prepared next to a station that's getting cleaned, risking
contamination from the spray solution.
If you're going to dine late, try to order something that's grilled,
broiled or boiled. You want to get something that's cooked (as opposed
to something served raw, like salad) so there’s a greater chance of
killing off any dangerous bacteria.