Please, why do so many great places have great bread and serve the basket with ice cold butter? I was just at Abe and Louis and once again, a great bread basket, with ice cold butter. Call me crazy, but i grew up with butter on the table and hard crusty bread...it does not spoil that quickly, so why do I need to wait a half hour to let it soffen and butter my bread----at the best places with the best bread??????????
I like my bread served with cold butter - if i was served butter that was melting i would return it.
This habit also makes my husband CRAZY! Yes, it's because of the health dept. If there is a candle on the table at your next dining experience, try resting he butter plate on it & it should soften your butter.