Tuesday, September 30, 2014
This afternoon as I was checking my Facebook, I came across a beautiful piece of work... It was a paragraph of what any server or host (those who actually have a brain) would think to themselves on any given day... but all summed up into one.
My good friend Alycia shared the following with her friends:
"I hate it when guests walk through a lobby full of people on a Friday night and says "you're not on a wait, right?". I hate it when guests don't read the menu. I hate it when I'm behind the host stand and guest ask me if they just seat themselves. I hate it when guests think they're being funny. I hate it that guests only want to talk to me when I'm running seven other tables. I hate it when parents let their kids make huge messes all over the table. I hate olives. I especially hate it when a guest walks in and refers to their child as "a half". I hate it when a guest complains to me about how their drink is not strong enough. I hate it when I ask a party if they're ready to order, they say yes and then keep on discussing what they want. I hate it that that always happens when I'm also running seven other tables. I hate it when I approach a table and they ignore me. I hate it even more when they call me back as I'm walking away. I hate it when a table tries to talk me when I'm clearly helping another table. It's a good thing that I actually like my jobs though."
Bravo! Love, Bravo! You made my day!
Source: Alycia Vasquez
Image: Dumb & Dumber. All Rights Reserved.
Monday, September 29, 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Iowa couple behind a goodwill gesture that went viral said they did it to serve as an inspiration for others.
Makenzie Schultz and her husband, Steve, were celebrating their six-year wedding anniversary over the weekend at a sushi restaurant in Cedar Rapids.
But the service “sucked.”
Instead of taking to social media to complain, Makenzie posted a picture of the tip they left. The image took the internet by storm gaining over a million likes and 147,000 shares.
Despite waiting for 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for their entrée, the couple gave a $100 tip on a $66.65 bill.
“People all around us were making fun of the restaurant and how bad the service was,” the Facebook post explained.
That would usually mean pitiful tips for the server. However, the couple from Cedar Rapids blamed their hour-long wait for food on staffing.
“That’s when I told my husband, ‘He’s working so hard and you can tell he’s so stressed out but he’s not letting on to us.’ When he came to the table he was very sweet and nice,” Makenzie toldWHO-TV/Channel 13. “That is why it touched me. We have been in his shoes.”
Saturday, September 27, 2014
No one says it better than The Bitchy Waiter,
In "The 20 worst questions to ask your server".
There he shares the most common questions any current Front of House staff, but specifically servers endure on a daily basis.
One of my favorite is...
6. "What's taking my well-done burger so long, did they have to go kill the cow?"
Stupid questions like these drive me crazy. Especially because as stated by the bitchy waiter as servers hearing stupid lines a million times.
One thing that really drives me crazy is similar to number 12...
12. "Can I get a little extra liquor in my drink?"
...Can I get less ice in my drink?
The answer... sure but it doesn't mean you are getting more liquor! If anything you are getting more soda or juice.
Think before you ask. As most Front of House staff say, everyone should work in a restaurant once in their life.
Be sure to check out The Bitchy Waiter!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. It is also defined by some sources as an outer shell of mozzarella filled with butter or a mixture of butter and sugar. It is usually served fresh and at room temperature. The name "burrata" means "buttered" in Italian."
Fair enough...The only thing is it's one of the main cheeses I can't eat. Mozzerella and of course Cream.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I never quite understood why American minorities tip so poorly?
Most of the time you have people of Latin or Black (African American) decent come into a restaurant and question prices on your menu. Most of the time menus are posted outside.
The other day I had a party of 5 come in, look at a menu ask for take-out...fine! They realize it it was a burger discount day and ask for To-Go. Once told it was dine-in only they stayed, Gave a 10% tip.
I don't think they understand that the servers make $2.63 per hour.
Today, a party of 8 including children came in and ordered burgers and steak tips as well as alcoholic drinks. They stated that our menu was a bit higher in price (over heard by the server and myself) and yet ordered what they did. They were needy as well and ordered pricey drinks. Their bill was about $110 and left $9 for a tip.
That basically translates to : We spent too much on food and drinks we will figure out what isnt Too much to leave as a tip.
It becomes fustrating because this creates stereotypes.
To bring it home: my aunt likes to send food back that may not taste like her own or cause scenes for reservations not ready for when she makes them. She basically expects free food is what it is.
These people have never worked in a restaurant and should never eat outside of their own home.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tonight was my first time ever visiting Rockafellas.
Our server was great and attentive.
I dont want to come off as a bad Yelp reviewer, because those people suck. Most are fat and just love complaining that they go out to eat alone.
I love food and I've eaten at some amazing fine dining restaurant as well as regular deep-fried bar food.
Tonight, I ordered the Short Rib (cooked pretty well) that sat in the window a minute too long as it waited for my accompaniments Med Well steak tips, that were sent back as being rare. Weird...I know...
Garlic Mashed were super dry regular mashed, corrected with a little butter, salt n pepper at the table.
Good notes: Drinks & Caesar Salad were tasty!
Oh!...& Courtney was super nice!
Result: You literally have 2 more strikes! This explains why we were the only two diners. You are in the central area of Salem, MA! Step it up!