"If it's brown, it's done. If it's black, you're done."
Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop (New York NY)
"Think about the process."
Levon Wallace, Proof on Main (Louisville, KY)
"Make it nice, not twice."
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig (Chicago, IL)
"I say 'make it your bi**h'. Butchering those chickens takes too long? 'Make it your bi**h'. That omelet won’t roll right? 'Make it your bi**h.'"
Isaac Miller, Maven (San Francisco, CA)
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. His favorite restaurant maxim is "get out of here, we're working", which he hears quite regularly. Follow him to awkward yells of "behind!" at @Dannosphere.