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I was to order an appetizer OR soup or salad, an entree, and dessert. I hadn't been in the restaurant before, and when I looked at the menu, they had a "special" which included a choice of appetizers, entree, and dessert for a set price well below my reimbursement. So I did EXACTLY what I would have done on my own dime -- ordered the money saving "special".
For timing in restaurants I text myself. I note the time of everything. Each time a server visits, portion of meal served, etc is noted. I also have my phone on record in case I need to remember more details.
My problem with the "simplicity" of following the guidelines is that I do almost exclusively dining shops. Some want the bathrooms photographed, most don't. Some want the storefront photographed, and most don't. It can be tricky when you are doing multiple dining shops over a weekend to correctly remember which guideline you are supposed to follow. In my experience, there is nothing "simple" about mystery shopping, though it has been a great way for me to virtually eliminate my dining out budget.