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I dine often at a restaurant that is known for very large portions. When I visit this restaurant, I bring along a plastic container. I prefer packaging the food rather than the waitstaff doing it in the kitchen. Friends feel it's tacky. Have others done this?

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  1. It's tacky. Let them do it for you... or ask that the box be brought to the table.

    1. Yes, Mike, it's tacky. It reminded me of a story my MIL told of seeing an elderly lady taking zip lock baggies to the buffet. OMG.
      All restaurants are prepared with boxes for the "doggie".

      1. While it is tacky, I often feel like this is a better option than using the containers provided in the restaurant. Whether they use styrofoam or paper or aluminum foil, I almost invariably remove the leftovers and transplant them into tupperware or something of that nature upon reaching home anyway. It keeps any odors from permeating other items in the fridge, and it keeps leftovers fresher, not to mention the sheer waste of using all those containers. I have yet to actually tote tupperware to a restaurant, but the urge strikes more often than I'd admit to most.

        1. I agree. I think it's tacky and I wouldn't really be a fan of my guest doing it. Of course, you should do whatever you want. I thought I'd heard that bringing in your own container was a health code violation and the servers can't handle them. I'm sure that isn't a problem if you're boxing it yourself, but I would imagine if this were true, they wouldn't be doing it for you.

          1. You know, as good of an idea as this is (using a recyclable container, keeping an eye on your own food, less hassle to get the container...) if I were a friend or the waiter I would find it pretty tacky for reasons that I'm not able to articulate quite as well.
            I don't see the harm though if you're alone, not a regular at the restaurant, or with a friend who doesn't mind.

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            1. re: Lixer

              >for reasons that I'm not able to articulate quite as well.
              >
              i think it's a matter of a slippery slope and avoiding kind of a dining
              room tupperware spectacle.

              short of some scenario where say you have a relationship with a
              chinese or indian resto, and are picking up 50 kebabs, or soup for 20people,
              i think it is a strong default that this isnt done at the table.

              >I prefer packaging the food rather than the waitstaff doing it in the kitchen.
              >
              "why"