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Jun 25, 2009 06:28 PM

does it bother you when they charge xtra for grilled onions on your burger?

It bothers me, I am a miser, but years ago it was never an issue- it just pisses me off when I ask for grilled onions and find an additional $1 added to my check ......what is the BFD????
How does that make my fellow chowhounders feel????

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  1. sorry but I have no problem with it, everything has a cost to the owner.

    1. I'd rather have the topping as an extra charge, than pay for toppings I don't eat.

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      1. re: bagelman01

        Yes everything has a cost, but why is a slice of cold bermuda onion free, but when you sautee it in the same grease as the burger, it becomes a premium item.....

        1. re: paulispumonti

          Cause it takes time for the grill guy to cook it.

          1. re: critter101

            Also sometimes grill space is limited, and they might delay starting another order. I do think it should state on the menu, or you should be told of an extra charge ahead of time.

      2. Yes grilled onions take some time and attention. is the skill/time of the cook worth nothing? i think a buck is a bargain.

        1. Depends on the type of place I'm at. If it's a fast food type place (gourmet or not) then I'd understand. If it's the type of place that's charging $16 for a burger, I'd hope they'd throw it in for free.

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          1. re: Azizeh

            I agree with your point about the higher end the burger, the more I expect to come with it gratis. :) Because I -know- they're making a small fortune on a $16 burger, even if it's local, grass-fed, organic, disease-free, raised-in-cowtopia, magically-delicious beef. :)

            1. re: Azizeh

              actually azizeh I don't agree with your logic here. If you go to a fancy restaurant then their costs are higher (rent, taxes, laundry, extra staff, fixtures, plates, glasses and silverware etc) so I don't see why you would think that they should throw it in free.

              1. re: smartie

                Because, even taking that into account, they still have a huge profit margin on a $16 -burger-

                1. re: Morganna

                  And that is their profit margin.

                  "Excuse me could I have some black truffles on my burger?"

                  1. re: jfood

                    Oh come one. Grilled onions are hardly comparable to black truffles. Sheesh.

                      1. re: Morganna

                        They also live in an industry with a 90% failure rate in a soft economy. If we spec this out you want a garnish that uses more labor, fuel, space, and ingredients to be yours with no added cost.

                        i have yet to see a business plan where that makes any sense.

                        1. re: Morganna

                          jfood knows, he was just being dramatic. Maybe he should place a :-P when he is kidding.

                          1. re: jfood

                            *smile* That'd help me, anyway, I tend towards being too literal sometimes. :)

                      2. re: Morganna

                        surely the profit margin in an upscale restaurant of about 10% is the same when selling a burger at $16 as Applebees selling theirs at 9.99 and McD's selling theirs at 5.25?

                      3. re: smartie

                        My logic is that at a nicer place, they don't tend to nickel and dime you for every little request because you're already paying $5 for an iced tea. It's the same as McDonald's charging 50cents for extra dipping sauces. They know you're paying the bare minimum, so they're not obliged to give you hand outs, I guess.

                        At my restaurant, we throw grilled onions, avocado, cheese, or even bacon on any sandwich for free. A burger and soda will already cost someone over $25, so we don't feel the need to charge someone for mustard or five extra minutes of legwork.

                        1. re: Azizeh

                          I dunno if that's always true though, look at some of the steakhouses that are already charging an arm and a leg for a steak, but make you pay extra for a simple baked potato.

                          1. re: im_nomad

                            Yeah, they don't get my business either. ;D

                          2. re: Azizeh

                            What a strange restaurant you are running.

                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                              Sal - agreed. I can't find decent avocados around here for less than 99 cents apiece and it takes at least 1/4 of an avocado to make a difference in a panini or sandwich, so you're talking a quarter COG, which should translate to about an $0.63-$0.83 cent upcharge for most restaurants. Shouldn't be free.

                      4. I just want them to be clear and upfront that what they might be suggesting is going to cost me extra...or I feel deceived. Non disclosure is a form of lying.

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                        1. re: scuzzo

                          Well, if the grilled onions are part of the description, they shouldn't cost extra. If not, most people would expect they might and many would think they should.