I'm a bartender & I get very irritated
w/ the ignorance thats surrounded around something as simple as Dining Out.
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So, I became EXTREMELY excited when I noticed Yahoo.com had posted
13 Things Your Server Doesnt Tell You.
Here are a couple that are particularly VERY important to know:
Avoid eating out on holidays and Saturday nights.
The sheer volume of customers guarantees that most kitchens will be pushed beyond their ability to produce a high-quality dish.
Treat others as you want to be treated.
(Yes, people need to be reminded of this.)
Don't snap your fingers to get our attention.
Remember, we have shears that cut through bone in the kitchen.
Splitting entrées is okay, but don't ask for water, lemon, and sugar so you can make your own lemonade.
What's next, grapes so you can press your own wine?
If you find a waiter you like, always ask to be seated in his or her section. Tell all your friends so they'll start asking for that server as well. You've just made that waiter look indispensable to the owner. The server will be grateful and take good care of you.
If you can't afford to leave a tip, you can't afford to eat in the restaurant.
Servers could be giving 20 to 40 percent to the busboys, bartenders, maître d', or hostess.
If you want to hang out, that's fine. But increase the tip
to make up for money the server would have made if he or she had had another seating at that table.
Never, ever come in 15 minutes before closing time.
The cooks are tired and will cook your dinner right away. So while you're chitchatting over salads, your entrées will be languishing under the heat lamp while the dishwasher is spraying industrial-strength, carcinogenic cleaning solvents in their immediate vicinity.