Do you doggie bag?
- ipsedixit Oct 6, 2006 09:58 PM
There was a recent online WSJ article about taking leftover food home from restaurants and it contrasted the different attitudes between American and Euros.
I'm curious, amongst chowhounds ... do you doggie bag?
I almost always do, unless (1) I am travelling and staying at a hotel or (2) I have plans afterwards, e.g. theatre, movie, etc.
ALWAYS... unless it's something silly and a waste of packaging like three bites of a dish or a salad... but I am the queen of take out and left overs. :)
Definitely...servings at most American restaurants seem to serve two (or more!). It's not at all like that in Europe which is why they don't typically doggie bag at all over there.
Of course there are a few things that don't doggie bag well. Nachos (if it's mostly chips)comes to mind. If it has heavy meat/beans it works out ok, but of course it won't be as good as freshly served.
A tip my friend taught me - if you are going to order a creamy dish - like an alfredo pasta - and plan to take 1/2 home to reheat, try requesting that the sauce be made w/o butter. Less chance of it separating when reheated.
Some day maybe more restaurants will offer 1/2 portions so the need for all those take home containers will lessen. These days you have to ask - and very few places will agree to do it. Until then, I will enjoy my little take home presents to enjoy later. :)
>>Maybe you could order a dish and just tell the server ahead time "why, don't you just serve me half of it now and bag up the rest for me to take home ..."<<
This is actually a standard tip given at Weight Watchers -- when your food is served, split it in two portions, and ask for a take-away container before you even start eating.
Is this a rhetorical question? LOL! ABSOLUTELY! Except, as you say, if I'm headed to an event. And I do so without shame. In fact, I've even been known to ask for other diners' leftovers. Twice a year I'm invited to join friends when they take out clients to top drawer NYC steakhouses. The clients are headed back to hotels and don't want to take their leftover steak or rib roast, and more importantly, the attached bones, with them. I say, pack it up. It's MINE!