Saturday, June 27, 2009

13 Things Your Waiter Won't Tell You

I found this article while looking around on Yahoo. Believe it or not, most, if not all of these points do apply to bartending so listen up. I agree with all 13 points.

From Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by The Waiter (Ecco/HarperCollins) by Reader's Digest Magazine

Waiters share insider secrets about restaurants -- from tipping to what days to avoid dining out

1. 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.

2. There are almost never any sick days in the restaurant business. A busboy with a kid to support isn't going to stay home and miss out on $100 because he's got strep throat. And these are the people handling your food.

3. When customers' dissatisfaction devolves into personal attacks, adulterating food or drink is a convenient way for servers to exact covert vengeance. Some waiters can and do spit in people's food. (I have never and will never do something like this. I believe in karma. The Universe will always take care of the really mean customers. I don't have to stoop to their level just to get revenge.)

4. Never say "I'm friends with the owner." Restaurant owners don't have friends. This marks you as a clueless poseur the moment you walk in the door. (When people do this, it makes me want to charge them more because to me it sounds like they are just asking for a freebie. If the owner is really your friend than wouldn't you want to help support their business?)

5. Treat others as you want to be treated. (Yes, people need to be reminded of this.)

6. Don't snap your fingers to get our attention. Remember, we have shears that cut through bone in the kitchen. (We aren't dogs so don't treat us like one.)

7. Don't order meals that aren't on the menu. You're forcing the chef to cook something he doesn't make on a regular basis. If he makes the same entrée 10,000 times a month, the odds are good that the dish will be a home run every time. (Two words: High Maintenance!!)

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. 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. (I couldn't agree with this statement more.)

11. Always examine the check. Sometimes large parties are unaware that a gratuity has been added to the bill, so they tip on top of it. Waiters "facilitate" this error. It's dishonest, it's wrong-and I did it all the time.

12. 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. (Nobody ever does this, but it sure would be nice if they would.)

13. 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. (People that come in right before opening and right before closing annoy me so much. So, so much. I can tell these people have never worked in the industry before or else they wouldn't pull this crap.)

1 comment:

generic said...

If the owner is really your friend than wouldn't you want to help support their business?

Ain't it the truth? And if the owner does find out you're there, any self-aware human has to protest the discount. This recession isn't gonna cure itself. And service workers spend what they earn.