10 Great 'Real Food' Restaurants and How to Avoid Fake Food Scams

10 Great 'Real Food' Restaurants and How to Avoid Fake Food Scams

Consumers are increasingly scared about what they are eating, thanks to a non-stop wave of high-profile food scandals and media exposes, from 60 Minutes to Inside Edition to Bloomberg News, many more. We’ve seen cheese made of cellulose (so called “wood pulp”) instead of milk, olive oil that isn’t from olives, lobster that isn’t lobster, and much worse.

But the latest high-profile food scandal subject has been restaurants, which lie about what they serve a disturbing amount of the time, and are often on solid legal ground thanks to glaring loopholes in labeling laws as they apply to menus. Inside Edition publicly shamed high-profile New York restaurants - including one with 3-Michelin Stars - over false claims of serving Japan’s famous Kobe Beef. The same show found America’s biggest seafood chain left a vital ingredient out of its lobster bisque - lobster. Numerous studies have shown that the vast majority of sushi restaurants - nearly all - routinely swap cheaper and sometimes dangerous fish for popular tuna and snapper. Even in the birthplaces of acclaimed edibles, where food-loving travelers make it a point to visit, restaurants are rife with fraud. “Maryland crab cakes” on the banks of Chesapeake Bay were found to be made with cheap Asian crabs. On Florida’s Gulf Coast, the home of grouper, residents were rocked by a massive “Grouper scandal.”