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Old 09-13-2006, 10:12 AM   #41
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I don't like being rushed.

And I don't like when the waiter/tress want to tell you thier whole life story and try and get too chummy...unless I/someone at the table, has initiated the conversation.

I also hate when a group of us will go out, and people order the same things, I mean c'mon, everyone get something different and share! Am I alone on this?

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Old 09-13-2006, 10:59 AM   #42
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I remembered something i HATED. We went with a friend to clebrate his birthday, about 16 of us to a restaurant in Covent Garden. Some other people came at the end for pudding and champagne, 3 of them.

The person I sat next to bought a girlfriend who spoke no English, so we were all speaking both in english and French, because not everybody spoke french either. It was frustrating telling the same jokes and anecdotes twice in a row, lol She did not know anyone, and I thought it was uncomfortable to bring her to this particular even under the circustances. Then, these same tow did not order a first course, instead helped them selves to MINE! I mean, they did ask, but I could not say no, so I got literally one bite of what I had ordered. They also helped them selves to "tastes" of my main meal and pudding. This was the first time I had met these people.

Normally I agree, tattrat, you share and share a like, but I kind of like to be asked, not told. and I like to have some of the food I ordered; and some of theirs, lol!
THEN at the end, everybody got sticky about dividing the bill, the people who came for pudding and champagne tried to not pay for the champagne, and the two people who ate my food ...saying they were paying less because they did not have a starter. Had it not been my friends birthday I might have said something!

In the end the birthday boy and my husband picked up the excess. Made me hoppng mad. If you come to wish someone happy birthday you kind of don't expect them to pay for you if its agreed before hand we all go dutch. If you don;'t have a starter or whatever, well, I think tough luck. Its a PARTY. if you can't afford it say before you come, or DON"T COME!
Ooh, I am angry all over again about that meal now!

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Old 09-13-2006, 12:19 PM   #43
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:36 PM   #44
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Ooooooooooo middie, you reminded me!

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Old 09-13-2006, 12:37 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Alix
Ooooooooooo middie, you reminded me!

Someone who blows their nose really loudly behind you. UGH!

Excuse me! I had a cold that day!
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:57 PM   #46
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At the moment, I can't really think of any dining pet peeves I have, but if you want a really entertaining food read, pick up Alan Richman's Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater. It's his true commentary of eating EVERYTHING all over the world. It's truly funny.
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:00 PM   #47
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I do not have any that have not already been mentioned, but Fryboy, I have a follow up question for you...Have you ever been out to eat where you have not been disappointed ? That is a mighty long list of pet peeves 9not to say that you are wrong about any of them).
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Old 09-13-2006, 02:47 PM   #48
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GB - you beat me to it!!! Fryboy - I'd be interested to hear if there's any place you've dined where you haven't found something wrong. Do the restaurants in your area have your picture posted?

Seriously, I'm not saying that anyone should have to put up with poor food/service, but let's be realistic. Once you start listing things like "a/c is too cold; heat is too hot", etc., etc., your complaints start to lose a lot of oomph. As you yourself said - you do sound like a "bitter old man". How do you ever enjoy dining out? I hope for the sake of your dining companions that you don't bring all these things up while everyone is trying to enjoy their meal - or do you find yourself dining out alone a lot lately.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:01 PM   #49
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
I have gotten into the habit of not ordering the whole meal at once. We'll order drinks and when they come, we order apps. Later on we order the entrées. It's the only way I can be sure of controlling the tempo of the meal. I don't always do this as sometimes we skip apps or are OK with a quicker meal.
Great idea Andy M. I'm putting this in the memory bank for our next nice meal out....thats one that really gets me.

Over or undercooked food

Or when I order iced tea and it get it just sweetened right and I leave the table for something and I come back and the waitress refilled my partially dranked glass with more tea.....errrr! I've just finally stopped ordering it.

When an over eager waiter/waitress returns to your table excessively to check on you. And on the other hand one that takes your order and you have to hunt her down for other things or ask another waitress/waiter.

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Old 09-13-2006, 06:30 PM   #50
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And on the other hand one that takes your order and you have to hunt her down for other things or ask another waitress/waiter.

Where do they go when they don't return for ages? I don't know much about how a restaurant staff operates, but do they actually seat and serve guests and leave? I do remember one in a diner type restaurant had an emergency call from home and left, but I don't think that would happen often. I think they must be talking with others and forget some of the tables. Is it ok to "forget" the tip in such an occasion?

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