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Old 09-11-2006, 01:13 PM   #11
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Smokers.

Service that's too quick (food arrives 1 minute after you sit down, while you're still enjoying your drink, main course arrives while you're still eating salad, or in one case guacamole that came between the main course and dessert).

Service that's too slow (30 minutes for a steak?).

Service that's too friendly ("Hi! I'm Twit, and I'll be your server tonight! How's the wife and kids? How 'bout them Dodgers?").

Service that's rude (e.g., tossing the plate in front of you, forgetting the bread, ignoring the water glass).

Service that's overly attentive (I used to go to a restaurant where the busboy filled the water glasses and cleaned the unused ashy trays literally ever 2 minutes).

Service that disappears after bringing the food.

Service that promptly removes the dishes from each diner as they finish rather than awaiting until everyone is done (makes the slow eaters feel rushed, embarrasses the fast eaters).

Excessive air conditioning or heat.

Loud music.

Loud talkers.

Cellphones and the idiots who take or make calls at their table.

Rooms that are too bright or too dark (dinner only).

Rooms that are so noisy you can't hear your dinner companions speak.

Over-priced wine list (2 times retail is acceptable, 3 to 4 times or more is gouging).

Wine list with nothing of interest yet nothing cheap.

Lousy wine glasses (small, thick, clumsy).

Dirty wine glasses (lipstick, for example).

Waiters who question my assessment that the wine is bad (e.g., corked).

High corkage fees (I like to bring my own wine, as do many Californians; many local restaurants here in the beach cities charge from nothing to $5 per bottle, some up to $10; $25 is more gouging, and there's one new place in Vegas that wants $75 per bottle -- I say they can sit on my corkscrew).

Overpriced side dishes (I don't mind paying $30 for a good steak a la carte, but what's with the $8 steamed veggies and $10 baked potatoes)?

Lack of side dishes for one in up-scale restaurants (I travel on business a lot, and I often eat alone -- I don't want a pound of asparagus and a quart of scalloped potatoes with my steak, but I've encountered only one up-scale restaurant that offered to give me a half portion of each to accompany my main course).

Food that arrives cold.

Medium-rare that's medium well.

Over cooked pasta.

Over cooked veggies.

Tiny portions (didn't the "spa food" trend die with disco? It should have!)

HUGE portions with HUGE prices (no wonder older people often share -- they aren't cheap, just smart -- I don't want a 28-ounce sirloin or a muffin the size of a basketball, and I hate being forced to pay for all that waste -- and all that waist, too).

Desserts that look good but have no taste and cost $8.

Lousy apple pie.

Nothing on the dessert menu with ice cream.

Places that charge you for two desserts if you ask for a scoop of vanilla on your apple tartin.

Dirty coffee cups.

BAD coffee.


So, do you understand now why I like to cook and prefer to eat at home?

Restaurants! Bah! Humbug!
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:19 PM   #12
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Cellphones and the idiots who take or make calls at their table.

AAAAAAHHHHHH !!!!!!! These people piss me off so bad!!!
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:22 PM   #13
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Paul gets cold water
I almost always drink hot water...

The wait staff fills his up time after time...even if I ask they seem to forget to refill mine. Is it harder to carry a pot of hot water than it is to carry a pitcher of cold water?

Also... there are many times that they bring that hot boiling water ( tea water) in a water glass...how am I supposed to pick it up and drink it?? UGH!
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:32 PM   #14
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Holy cow FryBoy, you have quite a list there.

I don't have any that haven't already been listed somewhere.

Definitely agree with the cell phone thing. Boy that irritates me.
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:40 PM   #15
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Hence why I almost never eat out; for many of the reasons stated above.
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:53 PM   #16
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Since the complaint/peeves topic was started a week ago, see no reason for a part 2. As I recall we had this discussion a while back. Perhaps the two can be merged?
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:02 PM   #17
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The way I see it one topic is about "dining out" - the other topic is what goes on in your own kitchen.

Technically it's not a Part II - it should stand alone.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:05 PM   #18
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Since the complaint/peeves topic was started a week ago, see no reason for a part 2. As I recall we had this discussion a while back. Perhaps the two can be merged?
well kitchen pet peeves - the original - was to be things that happened in the kitchen that ticked you off... my original intention was to be broader and perhaps include the things about dining as well, but the respondents took over and all responses were basically about the kitchen.... so in this dining pet peeves, my intention started out as "things on your plate/in your dish that made you mad" but it took on a turn more along the lines of "dining out service that tick you off".... if you see my first post on both of these, you will see where i wanted to go with these... i will try to be more descriptive in my future posts as to the direction i would like them to go....
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:23 PM   #19
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Phone calls during the meal
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:06 PM   #20
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Parents who do not control their precious little bundles of unrestrained energy, either ignoring them completely or telling them 'NO!" over and over before going ballistic.
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