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Old 05-05-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Funniest/Most Embarrassing Restaurant Experience

Remember the first time Julia Roberts met an oyster in "Pretty Woman"? How about "When Harry Met Sally"' Meg Ryan's *ahem* demonstration in the restaurant...Billy Crystal was ready to die. Or a monk serving soup to poor Peter Boyle in "Young Frankenstein"...ouch!

We all have at least one story. The summer I turned 12 my unmarried aunt (who lived with us) decided to take me on her annual vacation to visit cousins in Chicago. Our first full day there my cousin's husband decided to take us to a tres elegante restaurant. Told us to order whatever we wanted - he was a successful plastics chemist in the 1960s. My Mom had been no slacker in introducing me to fine foods, so I ordered a small prime rib. It came with au jus. When they served our dinners a small pitcher of something came along. My ever-helpful aunt decided to pour my au jus on my rib...even though I told her I would do it when I wanted it. Surprise! The waitress had mistakenly picked up another patron's maple syrup for their fritters! Needless to say I was not enjoying the fact that everyone else had their meals and I had to wait for my redo. They were willing to wait but I told them they should enjoy their food that was still hot and fresh while I waited. Everyone got a good laugh - even my disposition improved when my food finally arrived. One of my younger cousins even moved the next pitcher of au jus away from my aunt just to make a point!

FWIW, I got a lot of mileage out of that story for the rest of my aunt's life - and she lived a very long life.

OK you guys, your turns. I bet there are some good ones out there just waiting to be told.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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I love lobster but had ever only had lobster tails. Didn't know it came any other way! On our honeymoon at Cape Cod I ordered lobster and was shocked to get the whole animal. I had difficulty eating something that looked like it could get up and walk away! The antennae were especially off-putting to me. I managed to get most of the tail eaten and the waitress asked me if I wanted a box! I politely told her no thank you and she replied
"But there's still a lot of meat left here in the claws" I still declined but I was a bit embarrassed anyway. The next time I ordered lobster I made sure they "took care of it" before it came to my table.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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I think I may have told this story somewhere before, but if I did, it bears retelling. a newly married friend of mine and his bride went out to dine at a ritzy restaurant one night. upon finishing their exquisite meal, the young wife asked to have a remaining duck leg packaged up to take with her. the waiter condescendingly replied, 'we don't give out doggie bags at this restaurant.' upon which the young lady stood up, grabbed the duck leg off her dinner plate, shook it at the waiter, and countered, 'oh yeah? just watch me!' as she exited the restaurant, with her husband at her side, smiling and supporting her elbow on their way out....:)

I think he said one of the tables applauded them....
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:43 PM   #4
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Okay, we were at the Holiday Inn for our monthly "fancy" meal (this included any meal that was eaten out), I was probably around 7 years old, my two sisters younger. We were behaving and several tables had remarked on our great manners to Mom and Dad as they were leaving. Daddy decided that he just did not recognize the three proper ladies, he decided to stir things up. Our dessert, orange sherbet, in silver dishes on top of paper doilies and plates were brought to us. Just before we took our first bite Daddy whispers loudly, "Don't eat the doilies!" The three of us lost it, laughing full roar. A couple of tables wondered aloud about the rude kids, the waitress told us to ignore them. Dad still has this urge to tell us not to eat the doilies...
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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I was 15 & helping out some good friends at an elequant banquet & the last course was flaming banana's foster. As I was serving the last couple of patrons one of the champange glasses of the ice cream slid right into one of the ladies purses. I was extremely embarrased. It just happened that 4 years later I worked part time for the lady while going to college.
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Okay, we were at the Holiday Inn for our monthly "fancy" meal (this included any meal that was eaten out), I was probably around 7 years old, my two sisters younger. We were behaving and several tables had remarked on our great manners to Mom and Dad as they were leaving. Daddy decided that he just did not recognize the three proper ladies, he decided to stir things up. Our dessert, orange sherbet, in silver dishes on top of paper doilies and plates were brought to us. Just before we took our first bite Daddy whispers loudly, "Don't eat the doilies!" The three of us lost it, laughing full roar. A couple of tables wondered aloud about the rude kids, the waitress told us to ignore them. Dad still has this urge to tell us not to eat the doilies...
Those people who thought you kids were rude are weird. Kids having a good time in a restaurant is not rude.
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I'm reminded of the time I went to a Chinese resto with a several friends. We ordered a bottle of Royal de Neuville, a French, sparkling rose. It comes in a Champagne style bottle with a Champagne style mushroom shaped cork. We did our best not to giggle when the waiter opened the bottle with a cork screw.
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Those people who thought you kids were rude are weird. Kids having a good time in a restaurant is not rude.
This was back in the '60's when kids were seen but not heard.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:51 PM   #9
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My son Poo and his wife took me to a very nice restaurant that was famous for its seafood. I forget what they ordered, but I ordered Shrimp Scampi. They shrimp were those small ones. Not what I ordered at all, but I said nothing. I went to put my fork into the shrimp and kept having to stab it. They were so overcooked and tough. Then I tried the pasta. The chef poured the alcohol at the last minute and didn't give it a chance to cook off. Now I don't drink and never have. So I can taste alcohol when it is present. I am willing to eat sauces that have alcohol in it, as long as it has been allow to cook off. This was totally not edible. Why not just give me the bottle of booze to guzzle down. I just left my food on my plate and played with it so it looked like I was eating. I ate a lot of bread that meal. (YUK!)

When the waitress came to clear she asked me if anything was wrong with the food. I showed her how hard the shrimp were and the alcohol content. Even my son agreed after tasting it that my complaint about the alcohol was valid. She brought the plate back to the kitchen and told the chef the problem. I look up and standing there at the kitchen door is the whole kitchen staff staring at our table. My son stood up and stared right back at them. (Bless his heart!) We got the whole meal for all three of us on the house. Including their dessert of Tiramisu. And the owner gave my son a pass or ticket for the next time they came the meal would be on the house again. He apoligized for the behavior of the kitchen staff. I wasn't embarrased by them, only amused. I DARED to question the chefs cooking abilities.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:23 AM   #10
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i have so many odd or embarassing restaurant experiences, so i'll just start with one. more to come

when i first met my wife (in late november) i had only been dating her a few weeks when i asked her to go to atlantic city with me for new years eve, to stay over with me at a casino/hotel. she agreed, but just days before the holiday, i got into a bar fight in which my nose was broken.

i couldn't pick my new girlfriend up with for a special weekend away with me having a swollen nose and raccoon eyes, so i went to bloomingdales to the clinique counter to get cover up makeup.

apparently, my tone is honey glow. lol.

i learned how to dab it on, and figured that i would! just tell her( my eventual wife to be) that my odd look was just that i was tired.

you know, makeup ain't as hard as women will have you believe.

so, while we ate dinner in one of one casino restaurants, the a.c. in the restaurant went out, and the place heated up quickly. i became sweaty pretty fast. not knowing what to do, i just wiped with a napkin.

you shoulda seen her face.

after explaining myself, she kinda understood, but more was impressed at how much effort i put into it, as well as wasn't too sure what she was getting into. lol.

i'm amazed she ever allowed me another date after that.

ok, so up next, why red wine and white dresses don't match.
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