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Serving 101

Posted Friday, April 3, 2009, at 3:02 PM

I get so frustrated when I go to a restaurant and my salad comes 30 seconds before the main course, or better yet, with my main course.

Serving 101: Salad BEFORE meal!

I would expect drinks to come first, followed by appetizer, soup, salad (of course if applicable). Then, after everyone has finished their salad, bring out the entree.

We were just eating lunch at a local restaurant today when our appetizer, salads and entrees all came out at the same time.

To make matters worse, the appetizer was still frozen.

It gets better.

When we sat down our waitress told us it might be up to 30 minutes before we got our meals because the restaurant had a "big party." That "big party" happened to be about the only other party in the whole restaurant I could see. It seemed as if we were inconveniencing the waitress and like she wanted us to go somewhere else to eat.

I bit my tongue, smiled, and told the server she should be happy the restaurant was "busy" ... more tips, right?

What are your dining out pet peeves?

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The waitress that has only 4 teeth in her head, or the one that smacks gum.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 5:20 PM

Having been in the food service industry, I tend to be sensitive to service, cleanliness and food quality. Sometimes it takes away the enjoyment of eating out.

From having been "in back" I also know that there are other things that influence service besides the server themselves. If the service or quality is consistently poor, look at management.

For six years, my job was to take over under-performing restaurants and train management. The stories that could be told.

While I worked in locations from Tennessee to California my fondest memories are of a restaurant here in Shelbyville. The fondness came from the people I worked with and the customers I got to know.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 5:30 PM

4fabfelines you just reminded me, I really dislike seeing pierced tongues, noses or lips on people who serve me.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 5:32 PM

Crying children in restuarants. It seems that that's when they are the loudest and most piercing.

-- Posted by gottago on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 9:16 PM

It's not the crying children, it's the parents who pay no attention to them, allowing them to be a disturbance during their entire visit.

-- Posted by dmcg on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 4:01 AM

Amen . . . I can't stand when parents allow their children to act up while at a restaurant and ruining the other customers' experience.

It's like when people bring babies to a movie theater . . . WHY OH WHY!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 7:47 AM

The waiter that sits down at your table, writes his name upside down on your "paper" table cloth and wants to "hang out" for your order!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 8:11 AM

Speaking of crying children.....what about the parents that let their child stand up in the both and stare at you while you eat. I have had this happen many times. I know children are curious, but it is very rude to let your child sit and stare over the booth at you while you are trying to enjoy your dinner. Come on parents.....make your child mind and teach them some manners.

-- Posted by honda14 on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 7:59 AM


I haven't been back to Shelbyville in a number of years but one thing has always annoyed me. That old woman at KFC on Madison St. with the messed up teeth that used to stand over you grinning, slobbering and waiting until your mouth was full before she would ask you how was your meal. Then, keep grinning and slobbering at you while you tryed to eat. Now, I like KFC but that woman gotta go. Is she still there and what is her shift so I can be sure to re-schedule my KFC visits around her work schedule?

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 9:57 AM

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