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Jun 15, 2009 05:15 PM

Stacking dishes, WTF?

Is it just me or does anyone else think that stacking your dish at the table while dining is in poor taste? I have witnessed this a couple of times...someone is finished with their course and they will stack the dishes they have used after they are done...drives me insane!

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  1. Besides the fact that stacking dishes at the table is definitely in "poor taste", this soils both sides of the plate and I don't see any advantages at all. Bringing each plate separately to the dishwasher or sink is preferable. Conclusion-I agree with emn76.

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    1. re: naturelle

      I think the OP is referring to restos, and you to dinner parties at home. But I agree with you about home affairs, I don't want good-deed-doers doubling my work by soiling the bottoms. Soiled bottoms are not for Wedgwood, they are for au pairs tending babies.

    2. Sorry, I can't have an opinion on this - my wife does this when we eat out, and doesn't care what I think. By the time we're ready to go, there's a nice, neat stack of plates, bowls and silverware ready for pick-up.

      1. almost as poor taste as a waitperson clearing dishes from some when others at the table are still eating that course.

        last night, a waitress actually lifted my plate and walked away while I hadn't finished my main course. There was still some meat and veg on the plate. She had placed another dirty plate on top of my food, so I wouldn't take it back. I asked her about replacing my unfinished meal, and she said, you ate most of it.

        Needless to say, that waitress received no tip, and I let the manager know that his staff stinks.

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        1. re: bagelman01

          If there were Darwin awards for poor service persons, bm01, you nominate her, I'll pay the entry fee, and we'll split the prize money.

          1. re: bagelman01

            That's when the fork is directed at the lifting hand. My sister did this once, in Page, AZ, to the waitress who - eager for her cigarette break - tried three times and on the third time actually wrestled with my sister over the unfinished plate (and my sister was not dawdling).

          2. As jfood stared in horror a few weeks ago when a colleague did this ritual, he then took his napkin and crowned the stack of dishes. OMG. Jfood will pass on the dessert.

            1. The thing I hate even more than that is when the other diners start crumpling their paper napkins on their plates when they are finished. DH has this annoying habit and short of hitting him over the head of his plate, he can't seem to remember not to do this. He even does it at home.

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              1. re: RGC1982

                I do this from time to time, as it's a sure fire way to stop yourself from picking at food remaining on the plate, even when you're not hungry.

                1. re: im_nomad

                  I guess it looks better than stuffing the napkin in your mouth (just joking).