if this weekend was any indication.
I'd like to know exactly when "I don't care for (insert least liked food here)," became, "I'm allergic to (insert least liked food here)." I understand allergies have increased dramatically and I don't want to make light of anybody's reaction to certain foodstuffs but I don't believe most of the people who make the claim. I still treat their request seriously because it is conceivable they really are allergic to chocolate (one of the "allergies" we had this weekend) but I still don't believe it.
If I eat an excess of carnitas tacos I get heartburn. Does that make me allergic to pork fat? I sure as hell hope not. I also love when people claim to be allergic, or have reactions to things like sulfites which produce a specific reaction in those with the sensitivity, and their symptoms are nothing like the actual reaction.
Have we become such a food obsessed culture that people are no longer comfortable having preferences? Perhaps the chocolate allergy was the result of the person having to explain for the thousandth time that she didn't like chocolate and then fending off the disbelieving remarks?
"Allergies" aside we were busy as hell and increasingly these three day weekends are kicking my ass. I am only now starting to recover and I've slept plenty. We were going to tweak the menu a little yesterday but both myself and the other cook that was on were just burnt and our brains could only handle doing the prep for what was currently on the menu. His wife is pregnant too, due two months after the GM and they just had their new landlord flip out on them so he's got that to deal with also.
We also had our share of the tacky people who come in, take a table and then leave after discovering we don't have fish & chips/burgers/kid's menu/clam chowder/whatever they're looking for. I've mentioned this phenomenon before and would really like it to stop. Any ideas would be appreciated. We have a menu posted up front. The GM urges people to study it before taking a table, particularly those who fit the profile of tacky time-waster. Besides just being annoying, these people throw the dining room rhythm off. We try to seat each waiter in turn and when people get up and leave, not only do we generally have to reset the table, because they've managed to blow their nose in the napkin or something like that, but then the waiter gets skipped and if it's at all busy the next waiter ends up being double or triple seated.
I also love the people who leave because they "are looking for seafood." On our current menu we have; oysters, mussels, halibut, ling cod, albacore, scallops, a seafood sausage pasta, rock shrimp (when we can get them), a fish of the evening and quite often a fish or seafood special. What they really mean is they're looking for deep-fried shrimp.
Sorry to be so cranky this morning. We had a lot of people who were great, including a guy who told us last night we had the best food he had ever tasted. I maintain he needs to get out more. I'm just tired of dealing with the same problems over and over. I know the messing up the table and not ordering doesn't happen with the same frequency elsewhere. Yes, I'm sure it happens on occasion everywhere. But not every weekend. Not 3-4 times per evening. If we were serving hyper-modern cuisine I could see it. If we were serving nothing but offal I could see it. If the menu were printed in a foreign language I could see it.
I have a feeling the serenity prayer will be getting a work-out this summer.