Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Random Rant: Restaurants

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I haven’t written a post since right after my wedding. Let me just tell you, it’s been wonderful. The husband keeps saying, “you’re my wife,” and that puts a smile on my face.

We have been enjoying our honeymoon and are glad the weather in Chicago is warming up ever so slightly for the rest of the week. Now on to my rant.

We just had Valentine’s Day dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Chicago. The food is always delicious. The service is always good.

One thing that really grinds my gears is when everybody who works in the restaurant stops by my table. I’m all for attentive service, but I can’t stand being constantly interrupted in my meal.

If I’m paying $600 for my meal, then by all means, send everyone from the bus boy to the manager to come kiss my ass. But if it’s just a regular $100 dinner, leave me alone. If I’m seeming to enjoy an intimate dinner with my husband, and were both grinning from ear to ear, Leave. Us. Alone.

After chatting with 6 different patrons and employees, I’ve had my fill. Thanks for the dinner, but leave me alone. Focus on people who look unhappy. Those are the folks writing fucked up Yelp reviews on your establishment.

Now that I’ve had my rant, I feel better, and now I will get back to enjoying my first Valentine’s Day as a married woman.

5 responses

  1. Congratulations on your first Valentine’s Day as a married woman! 😀

    I agree it’s annoying when waiters interrupt a meal several times to ask how it’s going.

    I remember a restaurant I went to in New York which had two signs on every table. If you wanted the waiter to stop, you put up the second sign, and if you didn’t want the waiter to stop, you kept the first sign up. It was an good system.

    Hopefully the rest of your meal is interruption free!

    February 15, 2012 at 00:37

    • The rest of my meal was great. And later in the honeymoon we were at a very expensive restaurant, and I was happy for the manager to interrupt us. And at that restaurant, he timed it so we didn’t have a mouth full of food. What a crazy idea, right?

      February 25, 2012 at 06:36

  2. Easy

    What she said!

    February 15, 2012 at 15:07

  3. silverneurotic

    and haven’t you noticed that they always wait until you have your mouth full to stop by so you look like a total spazz trying to swallow your food and assure them all is well. Gah!

    And congratulations!

    February 15, 2012 at 21:50