Restaurant portion sizes ... and what to do about server's snide remark?
- ipsedixit Oct 7, 2007 02:54 PM
Having dinner with a friend.
Friend orders 2 entrees.
Waiter, with requisite smirk and sarcasm, says, "Good thing we aren't an all-you-can-eat place. That's a hearty appetite you got!"
We ignore the comment, but the rest of the meal was (how do you say?) a bit uncomfortable.
So my question is, who decides that a restaurant's portion size is the "correct" amount of food for all people?
(As an aside, friend is training for a triathlon and "needs" the extra calories, but that's an entirely different thread ... on a different board.)
Who decides? The market I'd guess. The same forces that "decide" the prices.
Any server who remarks on how much/little/fast/slowly I am eating (unless it is out of a sincere concern that perhaps I didn't like something) gets 5% tip. That's beyond intrusive.
One time when I was hungry and ate pretty fast the waitress bellowed "Ya sher snarfed that down fast!" How did I respond? Stone silence, turned head to look out the window.
Another related peeve: when server comments on my order "That's a popular item...that's my personal favorite...excellent choice." These come across as either condescending or I simply couldn't care less. Either way, server has nothing to gain by this useless chatter.
Wow. Some tough customers here! I've never been put off by a server saying "excellent choice" or some such. Usually I take it as friendly chatter. Useless, maybe, but friendly. Nothing to get peeved about.
Of course, judgmental remarks about what/how/how much you eat are out of line.
It's out of the ordinary for somebody to order two entrees. So it doesn't seem crazy or rude for him to have made mention/ made a joke of it.
On the other hand I think most restaurant portions are way too big. I usually only eat half. I guess I would be irritated if the waitress asked "what are you on a diet?"
I hoped you only tipped on what the waiter considered to be more typical, that is, one entree. And I hope you tipped appropriate to the rudeness of the waiter and his nosy comments. My max tip would have been 5% on your one entree and one of his. Rude, rude, rude.