1. Can kids eat free at any of the restaurants you go to? Do senior citizens get a discount? Are there times of the day when anyone can get a discount?
  2. Can you name restaurants in this area that serve food from other countries? What kinds of foods do these restaurants serve? Have you ever eaten at any of them?
  3. Did you enjoy eating out in other countries you have visited? Which country had the best food? Which foods did you enjoy the most? Did you think the cost was high or low?
  4. Do you care what a restaurant looks like, or is the food the only thing you care about?
  5. Do you ever drink alcoholic beverages when you eat out? If so, what do you drink?
  6. Do you ever eat at McDonald’s? KFC? Other fast food restaurants?
  7. Do you ever eat greasy food? Salty? Sweet? Spicy?
  8. Do you ever leave a tip at a restaurant? How much?
  9. Do you ever order out from a restaurant? What kind of foods?
  10. Do you know anyone who has owned a restaurant?
  11. Do you know how to order food in English? Have you ever done so? If so, was it easy to do so?
  12. Do you know what a Caesar salad is? Buffalo wings? Nachos? Chicken fried steak?
  13. Do you like eating at buffets? Why or why not? Where was the best buffet you’ve ever eaten? What kinds of foods were there?
  14. Do you like to try new restaurants, or do you prefer to go to those you have already been to? Why?
  15. Do you like western food? Japanese? Thai? Italian?
  16. Do you prefer fresh ingredients prepared by a chef as you order or do you prefer pre-cooked food?
  17. Do you think this area has a good variety of foreign restaurants? What other kinds of restaurants would you like to see opened?
  18. Do you think western food is too expensive? Why or why not?
  19. Do you worry about calories and fat content when you eat out? How about cholesterol? How about insecticides and other chemicals in your food?
  20. Have you ever been to a restaurant with valet service?
  21. Have you ever eaten at an all you can eat restaurant? Did you eat too much? Do you think it was a good value? Was the taste as good as a regular restaurant?
  22. Have you ever had a restaurant cater a party at your house? If not, would you consider it? If so, were you happy with the service? Would you do it again? What kind of food did they serve?
  23. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? If so, what kind of restaurant? How long did you work there? Did you enjoy your job?
  24. How many different types of salad dressing can you name?
  25. How much do you usually pay when you eat out?
  26. How often do you eat out?
  27. In what ways have people’s eating habits changed over the years? How have your eating habits changed over the years? Have your eating habits change this last year?
  28. What do you think about children crying in a restaurant when you are trying to eat?
  29. What do you think about people smoking in a restaurant when you are trying to eat? What would you think if you saw the cook at the restaurant smoking while he is cooking your food?
  30. What is your favorite appetizer? Main Course? Dessert?
  31. What types of taking out food do you enjoy eating?
  32. What’s the most disgusting food you ever ate in a restaurant?
  33. What’s the worst experience you ever had at a restaurant?
  34. Where do you usually go when you eat out?
  35. Who do you usually go with when you eat out?
  36. Who pays when you go out for dinner?
  37. Why do you think westerners are usually heavier than Asians?
  38. Would you send a dish back if it did not taste good or if you received the wrong food?

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