Obviously, oysters, wings or freaking bloomin' onions are hard acts to follow. But now there's scientific evidence an amazing appetizer will actually spoil your entree. Really.
A new study by Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management found if you start off with an amazing appetizer, you're actually less likely to enjoy your entree, and likewise, if you have a "mediocre" appetizer, you're more likely to enjoy your entree, according to a report by science news site EurekAlert! Lesson: set low expectations, then surpass them. That's just a life lesson, really.
Participants in the study were treated to either a mediocre bruschetta appetizer or a bruschetta appetizer with better ingredients, followed up by a main dish of pasta with garlic and oil as the control. Unsurprisingly, the better bruschetta was rated better. But participants also seemed to enjoy the pasta more if they started with the mediocre appetizer than those who ate the better appetizer, according to the report.