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Apr 27, 2009 09:04 AM

Restaurants that surcharges water, bread and takeout.

Are there any others hopping on the bandwagon? I dislike the extra fees and rather not see it on my bill. Whats next? An "eat in fee" for electricity, dry cleaning linens, water, and dish washing soap charge? And even if its donated to a charity, they should always ask before charging you like how the supermarket does.

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  1. The article is a little disingenous as it relates to Company (Co.). I've eaten there and the bread and butter are very clearly right on the menu. Even though they quote the manager, if the customer read the menu they'd see it right there... so to suggest its a surcharge is just wrong... Not to mention, since its clearly on the menu, to suggest that they waiter indicate the price is wrong as well.
    Whether they should have it on the menu, well thats a different story.... at a minimum, you should get butter with your bread.

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    1. re: ESNY

      If I have to order bread to get it (as in the article), I assume I am going to be charged for it. I don't expect free bread at every single restaurant I go into.

      But I would expect butter to be included.

      1. re: Sooeygun

        I seem to recall that in Europe, it used to be customary to have a "bread and butter" charge for each diner. Am I remembering correctly?

    2. Wow it's getting to be a bit ridiculous here, surcharge for iced cocktails?? Seriously.........

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      1. re: gourmet wife

        That part was really not well presented. At Morton's cocktails served with ice have more alcohol (and are larger) than regular cocktails.

      2. Someone a while back posted about a restaurant in San Francisco shaming and charging for tap water. Something to the effect of: Drinking water with your meal is bad for you and we are only doing our part for your health by serving you water. If you want to indulge in health compromising activity such as this you will have to ask for it and pay for it.

        Complete hilarity to me.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            I don't buy his idea that prices will come, but it was interested scanning the reader comments after the article. I find it amazing how many people see free bread as a right. If I get free bread in a restaurant, I eat it, but if I don't, I don't feel like I have been ripped off.

            1. re: Sooeygun

              If the restaurant normally served breasd before a meal and your table did not get any would you feel ripped?

              Sometimes it is a matter of expectation.

              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                If the restaurant's standard is to serve free bread and I don't get any, I'm going to ask for it, that is, if I'm interested in eating bread at that meal. But if the restaurant isn't one that serves free bread, I'm not going to complain about it and I certainly don't feel entitled to it.

                1. re: Sooeygun

                  "If the restaurant's standard is to serve free bread and I don't get any, I'm going to ask for it"

                  No soup for you!!