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Why does anywhere you eat INSIST on their idea of what a meal should be?

Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,745 ✭✭✭✭

This weekend I had breakfast at a place that had 5 different plates you could choose from….all of them had something that I couldn't eat (like hashbrowns or such.) All of the choices made you pick "bacon OR sausage". I asked for eggs, sausage AND bacon. She said it would be extra to add bacon…..I told her YES….and repeated that I wanted eggs, sausage AND bacon….then added not to bring anything else. She left….

Of course a plate was brought to me that was the #1 combo which is not what I asked for.

She eventually came back and I asked for the bacon I ordered….she said "thats extra"…..by now I'm over the comedy routine and I tell her "I KNOW" I pointed to the hashbrowns and told her I didn't ask for that. She left and eventually brought some pitiful bacon to me.

Why is there a song and dance every time? Why can't a restaurant just have a list of food….let you pick the things you want?

Why is there a series of plate assortments everywhere you go?

What if I want the chicken with ribs and a piece of fish?

Why do I have to get the fish with rice and something else I don't want?

Who makes this stupid rule…..how do we find that person and make him eat something he didn't want so he gets the idea?

If its back there in the kitchen…..and I'm willing to pay for it….why can't I have it?

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    FrogdogFrogdog Member Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭✭

    Sounds like you’ve got a good idea for a new restaurant. If only you weren’t so busy selling guns…..

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    Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,269 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 12

    The place you seek is called "Golden Corral". Or just order the eggs, sausage, and hash brown plate with a side of bacon and then just leave the taters behind. Make sure you smother them in ketchup so they can't re-issue them.

    That said, it does sound like you simply had a ditz for a waitress. I'm sure your tip reflected that.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
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    Lucky4597 Lucky4597 Member Posts: 382 ✭✭✭

    NOTHING generally comes the "way" I want it. Cars, guns, gadgets, tools, meals, clothes. A lot of my waking hours are spent scheming on how to get these things tricked out to my specifications. This is what the sober-monkeys call a "lack of acceptance". I suffer, literally, from this condition. 8/10 times the quest is unsuccessful - that is, still an imperfect result. But the 2/10 that it is - ooooh now we're talkin'! 🤣

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    Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,745 ✭✭✭✭

    If I owned all of everything here that would totally happen…..no problem

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    SW0320SW0320 Member Posts: 2,419 ✭✭✭✭

    It is reasons like this is why we find ourselves eating at home more and more. We are both excellent cooks being that we do food for a living.

    Now all we need is some one to come in to do the pots and pans.

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    jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,818 ******

    Can I get a cardiologist with a side of endocrinologist?

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    jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,818 ******

    Oh, and Happy Mothers Day, Kasey!

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    redhawkk480redhawkk480 Member Posts: 2,492 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 12

    we have a Family Restaurant , that is out by I90 that will sub stuff any way you want it , and their food is pretty darn good,, if you ever make a road trip up this way ( WI ) give a shout and I'll buy you breakfast ,, as along as it's a Sunday or Monday that is , other days I would be at work

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    austin20austin20 Member Posts: 35,218 ✭✭✭✭

    so, it’s a nothing burger. No onions please, wait will they do that? 😁

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    waltermoewaltermoe Member Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭✭

    Sounds like you found that place that was in Saturday Night Live skit back in the 70s.

    Cheese burger chips Pepsi. Ok give me a hamburger fry’s and a coke. No hamburger, only cheese burger chips Pepsi.

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    jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,818 ******

    I remember that one.😀

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    Lucky4597 Lucky4597 Member Posts: 382 ✭✭✭
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    Gregor62Gregor62 Member Posts: 3,097 ✭✭✭✭

    Unfortunately this is a product of our current society post COVID. Businesses have adopted a mindset that all orders are robotic without variants from a posted menu. Most around here ask if you will be using an App, if that tells you anything.

    To the point from your post. When you try to order item "A" with the variant of item "C" from a fixed menu, poor little Suzie's head spins in a circle like the little chick from the Exorcist, because the choices on her device do not show any variations. Suzie has no clue what to do, aside from involving a senior employee.

    They can only understand what their keyboard/ computer shows (training), since most everything has gone digital.

    Customer needs and service has gone the way of the Do-Do bird.

    The only place you will find personal services any more, are the tiny Ma/Pa restaurants that have survived.

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    notnownotnow Member Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭

    i thought someone would have posted this by now. oh and by the way, happy mothers day.

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    bigcitybillbigcitybill Member Posts: 4,896 ✭✭✭

    Kasey, you knew/know the answer to your own question.

    They're bundling high-profit menu items with low-profit menu items to make you feel better

    about spending more money on something you don't even want.

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    mike55mike55 Member Posts: 2,920 ✭✭✭✭

    Stick with buffets or BK, have it your way! 😁

    Just sayin'

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    Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,745 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for the Mothers Day wishes….we had a nice day. My daughter came by with her boyfriend….they took his vintage Falcon over to Larry's mom's so she could take a ride in it. We cooked on the grill and sat by the fire pit until way later than any of us intended. Something about having a fire going in the yard…..it makes you forget about time.

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    drobsdrobs Member Posts: 22,553 ✭✭✭✭

    What I find annoying is going to a breakfast place that doesn't have a standard breakfast combo like Bacon (or sausage), Eggs (cooked to order), and Pancakes.

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    Merlinnv12Merlinnv12 Member Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭

    I would love to see a restaurant where you could pick individual items for your meals. I think it would go over well and be very successful. You could name the restaurant “PICK YOUR POISON”.

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    “What we’ve got here, is, failure to communicate.”
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    Lucky4597 Lucky4597 Member Posts: 382 ✭✭✭

    What I love-not-love are people whodon't seem to embrace and enjoy the regionalism of cuisine around the country. I.E. - in San Antonio for business and someone will say, "I'm going to try the Florida Grouper", and then they are all pouty that it was "just ok". You're in San An-freakin'-tonio goofball! Order the Tex-Mex! Wallow in it - it's some of the best you'll ever eat! I get to Gadsden AL periodically and I will eat BBQ 5 days straight - even what the locals call just-ok is phenomenal.

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    Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 3,042 ✭✭✭✭

    I dislike it when they put lettuce, tomato & mayo on a cheese steak sandwich & still call it a "Philly." I've given up trying to explain that it may be a California cheese steak, but it ain't the way they're made in Philly. Now I just ask for the l, t & m on the side & end up getting a small salad plate.

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    Lucky4597 Lucky4597 Member Posts: 382 ✭✭✭

    I believe this is what we are all talking about. Jack is ranting for us all...

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    AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 15,082 ✭✭✭✭

    I have left a 1 cent tip to a waitress that didn't listen to what I ordered.

    But I doubt that registered to poor service to her.

    ?The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.?
    Margaret Thatcher

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
    Mark Twain
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    pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,323 ✭✭✭✭

    Didn't restaurants offer a la carte menus in the distant past . Or maybe i am imagining something rather than remembering 🤔

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
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    62vld204262vld2042 Member Posts: 1,038 ✭✭✭✭

    Ask my wife.........about what happens when I get mad in a restaurant.

    It's one thing to leave no tip, when you've experienced bad food/service.....…

    But.......if I feel that I've been purposely ignored, or wronged.........I will leave TWO cents on the check copy......on a nicely folded napkin........in the middle of the table.

    TWO cents........to make sure "they" don't miss it.😎😎

    BTW.........I love it when our Einstein waiter/waitress thinks they can memorize our order. It usually means that I'll save at least half of the nominal tip.😋😇

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    slingerslinger Member Posts: 1,359 ✭✭✭

    You proper order was in one of those boxes you keep hidden in the back.😉

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    Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,269 ✭✭✭✭

    It galls me to learn that a place says they serve breakfast but don't open until 7:30. Cripes, that's practically lunch time for us geezers. Was on the road yesterday and today. Looked up five restaurants near where I stayed last night. None open when I wanted to eat and get on the road. Ended up at a -shudder- Denny's.

    They no longer have a long list of breakast choices, but do have an ala carte menu from which one might select, bacon, eggs, hash browns, and toast - for about the same price as their fruity pancake "special for a limited time only" dreck.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
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    yoshmysteryoshmyster Member Posts: 21,322 ✭✭✭✭

    Service is on the order taker. You should have said something when the plate hit the table. Now if the order was wrong and they take it back would I eat what they bring back out?

    And 20% is silly for few steps from the kitchen.

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    Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,745 ✭✭✭✭

    The person that brought the plate was a runner, not the server….and I did say "I'm supposed to have bacon" to the guy…..but never saw him again.

    On a side note…..something I've learned about breakfast joints…..Huddle House wins. The sausage they have is MUCH better than Waffle House and Cracker Barrel.

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    Bubba Jr.Bubba Jr. Member Posts: 8,244 ✭✭✭✭

    I did that once years ago, but I dropped the penny in a puddle of ketchup.

    Joe

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    Merlinnv12Merlinnv12 Member Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭✭

    An upside down glass of water on the table also gets the message across! Not that I have ever done that though.😀😀

    “What we’ve got here, is, failure to communicate.”
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    Kevin_LKevin_L Member Posts: 1,716 ✭✭✭✭

    If service is intentionally bad or indifferent, I talk to a manager. Anything else is just a discourteous response that doesn’t fix anything.

    🇺🇲 "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson 🇺🇲

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    Lucky4597 Lucky4597 Member Posts: 382 ✭✭✭

    Here-here, an error, or backup in the kitchen is not on the server, generally speaking. Good ones communicate and let you know that something is up. Not checking back for 30 mins is unacceptableand and they can control that. There are people who just seem to love to "run" service staff. I read that there is a psychology behind this - that many people have so little control over circumstances in their lives that when they now have this situationally temporary employee at their disposal they boss them around to feel more in control. When I see that it makes me cringe.

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    Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 3,042 ✭✭✭✭

    We do our best to be friendly with the wait staff, manager & owner; specially if it's a local place we frequent. I also like to walk past the kitchen and acknowledge the chef/cooks, on the way in & out. . It usually results in larger portions cooked the way we like it. The best was when I was served a platter with 2 thick cut grilled pork chops smothered in vinegar peppers & onions. Another customer gave me the evil eye when he was served a single chop on a round plate. 😁

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    BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,512 ******

    About all I can say is that to own and run a successful restaurant in this day and age takes nothing short of being a pure genius!

    When it comes to food, everybody has their own opinions on what is good and what is not.

    The old cliché " You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of people all of the time" sure does pertain to this subject matter!

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    austin20austin20 Member Posts: 35,218 ✭✭✭✭

    amen, god forbid someone makes a mistake or forgets something. If something is wrong let them know the vast majority of folks will happily correct the error and want their customers to be happy/pleased

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    NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,806 ✭✭✭✭

    I try very hard not to irritate or otherwise tick off people that may have the ability to spit (or worse!) in my food.

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    Locust ForkLocust Fork Member Posts: 31,745 ✭✭✭✭

    I think the food truck that only makes grilled cheese sandwiches for $1 is a brilliant move

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