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Old 09-14-2006, 11:02 AM   #61
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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).
Don't be silly, GB! Is there one pet peeve I've listed that you actually like in a restaurant? Somehow I doubt it.

You'd have to be a Pollyanna not to notice flaws in just about any restaurant -- "perfect" is an elusive goal, but I don't expect perfection. In judging just about anything in life, one must balance the positives against the negatives, and in the restaurants I prefer, the good points greatly outweigh the bad. If the food, service, atmosphere, and price are good, minor flaws don't matter, but when those flaws eclipse the positives, I don't return.

I'm critical and I expect someone to be paying attention to the details, particularly when I'm paying a lot for the pleasure of eating in their restaurant, and I don't reward incompetence or negligence with my repeat business. I doubt you do either.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:07 AM   #62
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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.
Really! You ever eat in a restaurant with the temperature set to 60 degrees and blowing on you, or no A/C and the temperature in the 80s? That's just a sign of neglect by the owner or manager. Some people may prefer to pretend that everything in live is just peachy, but I'm not one of them.

BTW, I found your response to be pointedly rude -- adding a smiley face doesn't change that. If I had posted such a response, I'm sure I would have received a PM from one of the administrators.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:13 AM   #63
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I do not think there is anyone who enjoys the children who are misbehaving....
I don't know about that, GB. I've seen parents go ballistic when anyone dares to suggest that their child shouldn't by lying in the middle of the floor, throwing food, or screaming at the top of their lungs.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:13 AM   #64
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Really! You ever eat in a restaurant with the temperature set to 60 degrees and blowing on you, or no A/C and the temperature in the 80s? That's just a sign of neglect by the owner or manager.
This just goes to my point about each person being different. The temp that you find uncomfortable the person at the next table might find perfect. My wife has been known to put on a sweater when the temp is in the 80's while I am stripped down as far as I can legally go.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:14 AM   #65
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I don't know about that, GB. I've seen parents go ballistic when anyone dares to suggest that their child shouldn't by lying in the middle of the floor, throwing food, or screaming at the top of their lungs.
Sorry, I meant to say with the exception of the parents of said kids lol.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:15 AM   #66
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Don't be silly, GB! Is there one pet peeve I've listed that you actually like in a restaurant? Somehow I doubt it.
That is why I said "not to say that you are wrong about any of them". Although there are a few I would not put on my list personally.

I was just trying to joke around with you a little bit FryBoy
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:16 AM   #67
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while I am stripped down as far as I can legally go.
OK, this is bordering on too much info!!!

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Old 09-14-2006, 11:18 AM   #68
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One thing that I constantly see when we have threads like this one are conflicting statements. Some people can't stand when dirty plates are left on the table, while others can't stand that some peoples plates are cleared when the entire dining party is not done yet.
that is why being a restauranteur is such a hard job, because pleasing some people will inevitably mean pissing other people off... i have worked in restaurants where there were different policies on this, slow eaters feel rushed when others' plates are cleared, fast eaters get annoyed at having finished and having to stare at their pork chop bones in front of them for 20 more minutes... just as in life, you have to do what you believe is most appropriate and expect the fact that you cannot please everyone
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:23 AM   #69
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I go with the "bad children" camp of thought. I avoid any restaurant that bills itself as a "family restaurant" and avoid "fast food" places. So when I'm paying top dollar to dine at a premium-type restaurant, I don't expect to find children playing tag, tripping the waiters, wailing, etc. In that vein, when I dine out and see a particularly great family with the children obviously feelling like they're getting a great treat and having fun "pretending" to be adults, I make a point of stopping by the table if I haven't caught Mom in the loo, and complimenting them on their kids' great manners. Whenever I've done this, I get beaming looks from Mom & Dad. Hey, I know it isn't easy to get those kids to behave, and sometimes the family needs a compliment!
As a child my parents took my 5 siblings and myself for family dining on Sundays. We grew up with manners and were expected to behave appropriately when we were out in public, including the dining table. Many times people stopped and complimented my parents that we were well behaved children. Little did they know that we'd get the wrath if we stepped out of line. All it took was a look from my dad and he could send you in tears.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:26 AM   #70
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One thing that I constantly see when we have threads like this one are conflicting statements. Here is what I mean by that. For some people they do not like when they have to wait for their water glass to be filled, but other people can not stand when their water glass is filled frequently. Some people can't stand when dirty plates are left on the table, while others can't stand that some peoples plates are cleared when the entire dining party is not done yet.

Something we need to keep in mind (for our waiters and waitresses sake) is that everyone is different. what one person expects, someone else will expect the opposite.

Of course this is only true for some things. I do not think there is anyone who enjoys the children who are misbehaving or the waiter who gets the orders wrong and doesn't seem to care or other things like that.
I see your point GB. But surely the wait staff can tell that the customer is getting discouraged upon their frequent returns. Should I point this out to them then and assure them if we need anything that we will let them know? That would probably tick them off I'd think. So its a tricky thing. Either I take the brunt and deal with the annoyance or point it out and then oink them off.
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