Chefs, as a rule, don't get out much.

For starters, their work hours don't allow it. And when your job is to fire and expedite other people's dinners, it can be hard to see eating out as entertainment.

But when they're off the clock, local cooks' tastes run to the decadent — linguine with clams, perfectly cut sashimi — as often as they do the simple, like pizza and burgers. 

For this first of many food-centric photo galleries, I asked several restaurant staffers what they most often go for when someone else is behind the burner.

Their answers may surprise you. They often surprised me. 

— Lindsay Christians