Texans know what they like. And what they don't.
With the help of a dating app called Hater, which connects users to love interests who hate the same things they do, Mental Floss revealed a map of the most-hated food items in each state -- and Texas' probably won't surprise you.
Other states hated foods like chicken nuggets (New Mexico), Keurig K-Cups (Washington), Chick-Fil-A (California) or licorice (Florida). But more than any other food, Texans hate steak cooked well-done.
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— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) October 1, 2018 RELATED: Burglar steals 150-pound pig from Foreign & Domestic There are plenty of theories on why ordering meat well-done is the literal worst thing you can do at a restaurant. In the late Anthony Bourdain's famous "Don't Eat Before Reading This" piece for the New Yorker, he wrote:
People who order their meat well-done perform a valuable service for those of us in the business who are cost-conscious: they pay for the privilege of eating our garbage. In many kitchens, there’s a time-honored practice called “save for well-done.” When one of the cooks finds a particularly unlovely piece of steak—tough, riddled with nerve and connective tissue, off the hip end of the loin, and maybe a little stinky from age—he’ll dangle it in the air and say, “Hey, Chef, whaddya want me to do with this?” Now, the chef has three options. He can tell the cook to throw the offending item into the trash, but that means a total loss, and in the restaurant business every item of cut, fabricated, or prepared food should earn at least three times the amount it originally cost if the chef is to make his correct food-cost percentage. Or he can decide to serve that steak to “the family”—that is, the floor staff—though that, economically, is the same as throwing it out. But no. What he’s going to do is repeat the mantra of cost-conscious chefs everywhere: “Save for well-done.” The way he figures it, the philistine who orders his food well-done is not likely to notice the difference between food and flotsam.
Restaurants even sometimes put a caveat on their menu about ordering steaks well-done, according to The Takeout. So it shouldn't be any surprise that Texas, which Zagat said was home to the second-most exciting food city in the country (Austin) as well as the 13th-most exciting (Houston) last year, has the correct and true feelings about how to cook steak.
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