Maybe this is a different question than usual or maybe I've just not been keeping up on board discussions.
There's a place that serves a merguez sausage that just kills me. It is different from merguez I get elsewhere and is far above and beyond anything I've tried to make or bought at local butchers. I just love the stuff and I want to know the source. (Although it is not impossible, I think it unlikely that they make it in house). But I am self-conscious of the fact that to ask the restaurant where they get their merguez is tantamount to telling them that if I can source it for myself I will spend less money with them. So I have been unable to ask. For 15 years.
How do people feel about asking about sources? I don't want to put these guys on the spot. It is fair enough if they would prefer to not reveal their supplier for this very reason.