When dining out watch for hidden charges

If you’re watching your budget, be sure to ask the price of daily specials recited by the waiter or captain. The charge for specials at some restaurants is noticeably out of line with the other prices on the menu. Beware of the $10 bottle of water; ask for tap water instead. And always review your bill. Note that some restaurants offer freebies: in a Mexican restaurant in most U.S. cities the first basket of chips and salsa often comes without charge. In upscale French restaurants, the chef may send out a complimentary amuse bouche (a small treat from the kitchen; literally a "mouth teaser") before or between courses. But in Portugal and Brazil, the lavish dishes of cheese, olives, spreads, and bread put before you are not free.