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Tender Greens--stingy

I love this place. I've eaten much of what's on the menu. I'm trying to fight off a cold, and went over there for two orders of soup and that lemonade. They were low on the chicken soup and she was scraping the bottom to fill the containers. There was some space in the second container and I asked if she can add a little more soup, and she said, NO, that's the fill line, that's how much you would get if you ate it here. There are no markings on the container, btw, plus she had filled the first one up a little more. Then I asked if I could get some bread with the soup. NO, bread does not come with the soup. That bread is a skinny little 1/4 inch toasted slice.
I get that they are trying to be economically efficient for the restaurant's bottom line, but good freakin grief.

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  1. Better be careful, or "No soup for you!"

    1. I've been to Tender Greens 4 times (I think). I liked it so much the first time (had mainly the seared ahi salad) that I went back the next day. I remember thinking the portions were quite generous for the price. The last time I went, last week, I felt that the portions were a little skimpier, but it may have been because I got the salads to go. But it seemed to be a change from my initial experience there. Maybe with success they are sticking to the bottom line (and the "fill line") a little closer.

      1. I asked for a piece of bread last time and they gladly gave me one - no hassle and no charge. Might just be the server you get, can't really blame a person behind a counter for following the rules. Maybe you're being stingy for not buying the bread? ThatPat might be right though.

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        1. re: duckduckgoose

          No. Bread should come with soup! I was at BLD once and I asked for bread to go with my eggs or something or soup. They charged me for it and it wasn't fresh baked bread it was just two slices of the most basic bread around. Bread, water, salt and pepper are staples. Considering the mark ups, that should be comped.

        2. I had the same experience with the bread, but when I offered to buy a piece, the server looked at me as if I was speaking Martian. Another server then just handed me the toast and didn't charge me for it. They must just not figured out that people like bread with their soup and haven't established a clear policy on it.

          1. Skimpy Skimpy Skimpy!

            Last Friday, ordered salad with Ahi Tuna, came out to 4 slices of tuna each the size of a skinny malnutritioned 2-year old's finger! Where's the beef?

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            1. re: tatertots

              For the reasonable price the portions are reasonable.

              1. re: tatertots

                "skinny malnutritioned 2-year old's finger" haha

              2. I have to say, we eat at Tender Greens all the time. You can't say the portions are stingly for $10 or so. All the ingredients are very good and I think it is an excellent concept for a restaurant. My wife loves the Nicoise Salad and I like to get the Flatiron Steak Salad. I wish there was one in Hollywood and I would eat there all the time for lunch. The mint lemonade is really good and I also like the desserts (aztec brownies are delicious).

                1. Idiots. I hate it when restaurants are cheap like that---they really lose my business. I can't stand cheap!!!!

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                  1. re: hazelnutty

                    I agree with bsquared. I think that you get a fair amount of food for the money at Tender Greens. I go there at least weekly and am not even usually a lover of salads. I love the "crouton" type toast that comes on top of the salads and have paid extra for an additonal one! I usually get the Cobb Salad and enjoy it every time-

                    1. re: handlertaper

                      I find the portions quite generous at Tender Greens, and the price is very reasonable. I've never been charged for an extra piece of bread but (like you) I would happily pay if asked. After all, why expect extras for free?

                      1. re: handlertaper

                        I wouldn't know I've never eaten there. Although the food sounds good. I was just generally commenting.

                    2. I can't agree that bread falls in the same category as salt and pepper and should be supplied free of charge completely at the customers' whim.

                      And even if places do give a basket of bread they are deemed stingy if they don't supply endless free refills.

                      Why is it that restaurants are considered "stingy" when they don't give away free stuff?

                      Movie theatres don't give you free popcorn with admission but no one says "they're stingy, I'm never coming back" ...and they make far higher profits than any restaurants

                      ..nor does a concert venue or zoo give you free refills on beverages yet people think restaurants are stingy if they don't... again, far higher profit margin

                      If a place gives bread with everything, fine. If they don't and you don't want to buy it then it isn't the restaurant being stingy.

                      Seriously, where but restaurants do people expect so much for free?
                      Do you expect it at Walmart? The drugstore? The local bar? The movie theatre?
                      Come on! Where else do people get in a huff if the second they walk in they aren't automatically presented with free goods?

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                      1. re: lebelage

                        I couldn't agree more. I find it ironic that the restaurant is considered "stingy", when it is the diner who isn't keen on paying up.