UnderCover Waitress: Restaurant Stories Picky Eaters

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Restaurant Stories Picky Eaters

Very entertaining article by the Rev. James L. Snyder for Recorder online. This man knows what he does and does not like to eat. The relevant quote:

There on my plate, in plain sight for everybody to see and sneer at, was a mixture of vegetables that included broccoli. The horrid “B” word. To make matters worse, as if they could get any worse, this vegetable medley was actually touching my roast beef.

The broccoli touched his roast beef. How many of us have waited on the "this food can't touch that food" crowd?

Parents and caregivers of small children are most familiar with the screams of indignation that emit from a toddler's throat when the vile peas and carrots roll into the yummy mashed potatoes. It is a universal rule of young childhood: different foods must not touch each other.

I mean no offense to the good Reverend when I point out that most of us outgrow this compulsion. As a matter of fact, Rev. Snyder kept his anguish to himself, and his wife (if I remember correctly) dutifully removed the offending broccoli.

The Food Toucheth
Other dinner patrons, not so much. We have a regular who will rant on and on about not putting the meat on top of the potatoes. He has lectured me ad nauseum about the sauce from the meat getting soaked up by the potatoes, thereby causing the meat to be dry and potatoes to be ruined. I have suggested using side order plates for this guy, but the customer doesn't want side order plates, he wants his food on one plate not touching other food on the plate.

I think the sous chef had simply had it one night when I put the order through with the caveat that the guy wanted the food on his plate to not touch other food on his plate. Sous chef used four or five small dishes (we call them "monkey dishes") and arrayed them on the plate, each with a different food in it. (Potatoes in one, hot veges in another, etc.)

If the customer complained, I never heard about it. But I noticed that the next time he came in and was seated in my colleague's section, he was not served with monkey dishes. Am guessing he instructed her to tell the kitchen to put the food on the plate, but don't let the food touch, and don't use monkey dishes...

1 comment :

  1. C.S. Lewis considered food fastidiousness to be a form of gluttony. I wonder if the good reverend is aware of this.


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