Only 23 percent of Americans order their steak medium-rare, which means 77 percent of Americans order their steak wrong. Five Thirty Eight took a year's worth of steak ordering data from Longhorn Steakhouse—one of the country's most popular steakhouses and displayers of dead, mounted animals—and you can't deny the numbers. Here's the ordering breakdown:
- Medium-rare: 22.5 percent
- Medium-well: 25.8 percent
And the thing is, Americans know that they're wrong. In 2014, Five Thirty Eight also asked people to self-report how they order steak, and only 8 percent admitted to ordering it well-done and only 17 percent admitted to medium-well. None of the self-reported numbers lined up with the hard data reported by Longhorn, which indicates people are too embarrassed to share what they actually order in restaurants—and as Gordon Ramsay or Anthony Bourdain would tell you, maybe they should be.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.