Some call it a throwaway dish. Others say it's a scapegoat. Either way, these dishes exist so that there's something for everyone. And so Brian and Robert don't just end up going to some cold, silent diner.
Thus, Robert gets the pasta, and Brian sells his grandmother's heirlooms for his steak.
Of course, these throwaway dishes don't only exist just to cater to special dietary needs. A scapegoat can also be something simple and familiar for the unadventurous diner.
In a different situation, Esther thinks jellyfish salad sounds delightful, if not potentially psychedelic. Suzy is disgusted just thinking about it. So, chicken it is. Because that's the scapegoat. Grilled breast meat with some mixed veggies on the side — for Suzy.
And everyone's happy. Or at least they better be.