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Old 02-19-2008, 02:57 PM   #71
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OK folks, lets get back to the topic at hand. Any further tipping discussions should be done in a new thread. Thanks.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:01 PM   #72
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sorry. my fault.. im still learning my way around here and i'll try to stay focused :)

sorry..
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:16 PM   #73
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I think that it's nice if you can make a personal connection with your waiter but as has already been pointed out it depends on which restaurant, level of business, etc., etc.---we had young children once, a small budget, and we liked to eat out at at a pizzeria (sp?) on Friday nights. We befriended the waitress and she always made sure that we were at her tables and gave us excellent service. Of course we tipped her well. We always looked forward to Fridays and chatting with her for a few minutes.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:25 PM   #74
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I place all the plates on top of eachother, scrapping off the food into the top place in the process. Makes it nice for easy takeaway, plus I know I'd appreciate it - becuase I used to be a server :)
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:04 PM   #75
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If you are waiting for your table to be cleared and the dishes are in your way...move them. In a dining room that is under control, you should not have to wait very long to have your dirty place settings cleared. The level of service will dictate the level of control however. If it's a fine dining setting, tables are kept clear, crumbed and glasses are filled on an ongoing basis.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:12 PM   #76
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If you are waiting for your table to be cleared and the dishes are in your way...move them. In a dining room that is under control, you should not have to wait very long to have your dirty place settings cleared. The level of service will dictate the level of control however. If it's a fine dining setting, tables are kept clear, crumbed and glasses are filled on an ongoing basis.
Hi Marko! Glad to see you - where've you been?
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:26 PM   #77
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Hi!

I've been busy moving from British Columbia to Toronto and getting settled in my new position as Executive Chef of Eaton Hall.

Have a look at my blog for all the details!!

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Old 03-12-2008, 03:51 PM   #78
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What's your opinion on this?

You (as part of a dinner party of two or more) are having dinner at a restaurant and you are between courses. Do you leave all the empty dishes where they are or do you collect and/or stack them to make the bus boy's or server's cleanup easier?

We ate out numerous times while on vacation the past two weeks and I observed this behavior and it has become a matter of curiosity.

What do you do?
I tip heavily by way of apology?

Seriously, I try to help, but there's a ruthless part of me that says, "You know, I've cleaned up 5-kid messes that took literally 15 minutes to scrape the leavings off the table before. This isn't too bad." So, for me it depends on the sort of attitude the server has had all meal. If it's been optimistic, high-energy and timely service all meal and he or she isn't even showing the first hint of, "Oh God, I have to pick all that up," then I'm going to tip pretty good and pat 'em on the back, tell them I've been there before.

If I get what seems to be a growing trend in some chain restaurants, the rolled eyes, annoyed-at-having-to-work look that makes me want to call over the manager and have them fired on the spot, I'll stiff 'em on the tip -and- call the manager when I get home. There is no excuse for bad service.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:48 PM   #79
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I do not stack any plates. I will place my silverware on my plate but that is it. In my experience the servers are best to remove them correctly.

Some of the posts remind me, however, of an experience a few years back. We went to dinner on the Cape to a summertime busy somewhat casual seafood restaurant. We were a table of ten and the seating was such that the server would have difficulty clearing. But instead of waiting to pass plates my sil passed them ahead of time so they sat right in front of me in a tall stack. All different sizes. I was not pleased. As a past server, I would prefer to pick them up than have them stacked in a way that is too heavy or awkward to neatly take away.
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