Restaurant Behavior 202
This is the follow up course to Restaurant Behavior 101. It seems to be sorely needed these days. I've said it before and I'll say it again: No one needs to cook and/or serve you dinner unless you are a child or an invalid (and in some very sad situations even that is not always the case) so you better show some respect. Now I know that none of my lovely readers would ever behave poorly in a dining establishment, so I encourage you to pass this on to your less aware friends/lovers/fuck buddies.
1. When you make a reservation, show up. Or call to cancel. If you show up 45 minutes late without calling, and then proceed to yell at the GM for not holding your table, then you are a delusional entitled jackass. We actually witnessed someone doing this at a very busy, very popular restaurant. On a Friday night. Riiiiiiight...so the restaurant is supposed to hold the table for you regardless? I don't think so. A phone call is not that difficult, unless your fingers are broken and your tongue has been cut out (in which case you probably won't be dining out that evening anyway).
2. This one is for the servers (especially the ones here). Don't argue with one another when the patrons can see and/or hear you. It's a serious buzzkill.
3. A friend's dilemma brought this next one to my attention. Look at the menu before you sit down. If there is not one in the window, ask the host/hostess if you can peruse one prior to sitting down. If you sit down, look at the menu and THEN leave? Well then I propose a rule that says that the restaurateur can slap you silly.
4. Say "thank you." Often. Someone fills up your water glass? Thank you. Clears your plates? Thank you. Shows you where the bathroom is? Thank you. You will reap what you sow, I guarantee you (I will be happy to elaborate on this in a later post).
Let's hope that it's a long time before I need to put up Restaurant Behavior 303.
"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld