Sean Elder, editor in chief of the digital food magazine Real Eats, posted on CNN's Eatocracy this week about the 5 things you never want to hear in a restaurant. Elder explained that his top two things are:
1. “It depends on what you like.” When you ask the waiter for a recommendation, it shouldn’t be a matter for the UN Security Council. As our columnist Michelle Wildgen says, "I don’t expect them to know my taste but I do expect them to know what the kitchen does well."
2. “We have two orders of the [blank] left; if you’re thinking of that I’ll put the order in now.” As in comedy, timing is everything. If it’s 9:30 on a Saturday night and the rack of lamb is flying out of the kitchen, okay: thanks for the heads up. Otherwise, as my wife says, 'Why didn’t you make more?' She, like a lot of people I talked to, don’t like the pressure and want to study the menu in a calm, relaxed state of mind.
I agree with Elder, although those may not be my top two, I definitely have my restaurant pet peeves. Here are the top two things I never want to hear in a restaurant:
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1. "We don't make substitutions." When I go out to a restaurant I don't want to be told what I can and cannot eat. If I want to make a small substitution for another item that is already on the menu, why not? It's not that hard to swap fries for a salad!
2. “It's about a 20 minute wait.” Hostesses always say 20 minutes when they actually mean 40 minutes, which I know is their little way of keeping customers from walking out the door. However, when the patron gets hungry and ready to bite their waiter's head off (pun intended), it becomes a losing situation for everyone.