As the editor of Eater LA, Kat Odell goes out to dinner almost every night. With so much time spent in restaurants, she's picked up a few tips along the way on how to score an epic dining experience.
If a restaurant is all booked up, never fear. "Go in a little bit earlier and sit at the bar," she recommends. "Become friends with the bartender, and a lot of times they'll help you get a table."
Kat's second tip involves just a tiny bit of bribery. "Chefs love to drink, so bring some beer, bring a bottle of whiskey to the restaurant, have it sent to back to the kitchen," she encourages. "I'm sure you'll get a couple of extra dishes."
When trying a new restaurant, Kat adopts the wisdom passed down to her from her father, who said, "You can always judge a restaurant by the quality of bread and butter, or olive oil, that it serves at the beginning of a meal."
To find out what Kat says you can tell from a restaurant's bathroom, check out this episode of "Daily Shot," and watch "Eat, Drink, Love" on Thursday nights on Bravo.