I recently stumbled upon this listing of 100 Things Restaurant Patrons Should Never Do from Endless Simmer. I had to share my favorite points with my thoughts on the list:
5. When dining in a small, heavy-volume restaurant (especially one expected to be a quick serve), do not sit 45 minutes after you have finished all food and drinks and have paid the bill. There is most likely a long wait, and you’re ruining everyone’s day.
After reading this rule, a local corned beef institution comes to mind: Slyman’s Restaurant in downtown Cleveland.
I’ve had their sandwiches before, but only dined in one time. I arrived for a 12:45PM lunch meeting and the place was PACKED. They do a nice job of getting people served and outta there, so it was smart for us to plan a later business lunch so we could hang around without upsetting our waitress and the hostess. An extra tip doesn’t hurt either to ensure the lack of sassing.
13. “Yeah, I’ll take” or “Gimme/Get me” are not respectful ways to start a sentence. So don’t do it.
I’m not much of a “gimme”, but this made me realize that I do tend to start my orders with “I’ll take the…”, which is kind of rude when you think about it. Since then, I’ve done my best to say “I would like to order…” Kill ‘em with kindness, I say.
28. Please don’t be loud– the whole restaurant doesn’t need to hear about every detail of your life. I’m pretty certain the rest of your party isn’t interested, either.
I come from a long line of ridiculously loud Czechoslovakians. Our typical dress for most holidays looks like this:
On top of it, the Italian half of me doesn’t help this situation as I tend to talk with my hands. I have been know to attack innocent bystanders when I get started on certain topics (golden retrievers, John Mayer, my disdain for mail trucks). I am guilty as charged as being potentially annoying in social dining situations. I apologize to all local restaurateurs.
26. If you mention that you’re a frequent Yelp-er or Chowhound-er as a scare tactic, you are officially banned from ever eating out again. That is just so unnecessarily insulting (and makes you look like a real douche and gives all bloggers a bad name.)
I have ONLY ONCE mentioned the blog while dining – before going to AMP150 I tweeted my dinner plans. In response, the chef replied to me to let him know when we arrived. If I’m going to give my honest opinion on a meal, I want to have an honest experience, not one that’s been skewed because I’m taking pictures and reporting my level of satisfaction from it.
33. Remember the golden rule. You’ll be fine.
In case you need a reminder, check out the wiki. Enough said. Moving on…
46. If you had a really great experience, let be known! Tell the manager if you had an outstanding server.
As a former food industry employee, I know a positive comment can be just as constructive as a complaint. Whenever I have outstanding service or a meal that I’ll never forget, I always try to track down the manager and let them know. They are so used to hearing the negative that I find that it makes their night to hear a compliment from a happy customer!
50. Remember, dining out should be fun, so chill out, leave the drama at home, and be respectful — it will get you far!
You have to remember you dine out to get away from home, to step away from the stove, to relax for an hour. Why make it stressful on yourself? Even though I’m a picky eater, I just remember to be very clear about my requests and to tip accordingly for great performance. If you know you are being a pain in the behind, give the staff some slack in other areas.
By the way, in that above point, feel free to replace “dining out” with the word “life”. 🙂
This is just Part 1! Stay tuned for my thoughts on the follow up segments!