Which Places do you Frequent because the Owners Appreicate your Patronage
I've been to many excellent small family run places where the owners/proprieters and staff know that you come out of your way for their food. They show their appreciation in many wonderful ways,and I appreciate their food. A few of my fav's are:
Aqui Es Texcoco, where Paco will gladly assist you with trying different things as well as accommodating your guests.
Marisco's Godoy, the whole staff is friendly and will help this gringo by explaining areas of their menu that I wish to try as well as cooking methods and spicing.
The Marisco's and Gorda trucks by the Toys R Us, always very friendly and patient to help with questions.
El Pescadore, the guys are just polite and friendly and willing to recommend a fish sammy.
I could list more but, this is why I will go out of my way to patronize places like this. Have places like this that are your go to places? What are your gems.
Gosh. "Owners"...."appreciate"? Two rareties at SD restaurants. Sab -e- lee comes to mind. Not much else.
Everyone at Bety's in Encinitas is super friendly (plus I think their food is the best Mexican home cooking I've had in the greater San Diego area).
In particular, the son (I think his name is Luis) is exceptionally friendly and welcoming, always making sure that we have a great experience and he even remembered our family and what my daughter ordered, after we hadn't been there for a few weeks. I believe it's either his mom or grandmother who does a lot of the cooking in the back, and his sister is up front in the dining room.
They're all hard-working, quality and service minded people who really care about what they serve. They make us feel very welcome and sincerely appreciated. The food is so fantastic that we'd probably go there regardless, but their attitudes definitely make us want to support them even more.
I've been to Bety's a number of times, but it's always been for take out. However in the past two weekends I've made it a point to dine in there and have noticed something that I wanted to pass by others on this board who go there more regularly than I.
On both dine-in visits, they were both in the late morning hours on the weekend, they had the music up so loud that it actually interfered with service. In trying to flag down a server I was not able to be heard above the music. Now I give a lot of margin to small independent ethnic restaurants in terms of what they do to provide atmosphere, but in the two cases where I dined in it was almost to the point where I felt like complaining about it. It was almost as if they were having a house party, it was so loud.
Anyone else have this experience there, and did it bother you?
This is a problem for me in most restaurants, and really in most public places in general. It's as though having a moment's silence is simply not permissible. I always enjoy having a nice conversation over a meal, and nothing ruins that more than obnoxiously loud music. Somehow I doubt that anyone would complain if that practice was abandoned.
I don't know that I have a place I'd say this about. Usually the reason I patronize a place is if the food is good. I will say that I feel better about my patronage if I feel like the owner is a nice guy, or someone who I want to see succeed. And I know there are places I've avoided patronizing, because I don't want to support people financially who I have issues with on a personal level, for whatever reason.
Kaito. Everyone who works there is incredibly welcoming and we always feel like guests in someone's home. By leaps and bounds the friendliest restaurant I have ever been to.
Jay at the Linkery has always been very friendly, everyone at Alesmith Brewery have been very nice, and the owners at Viva Pops and at Ranas.com were very pleasant and welcoming.
Okan. The owner/manager always makes a point to stop by, say hi and ask how things are going, no matter how busy it is.
Oton. Whoever is training their staff at both places (Okan) is doing an excellent job.
Kaito. All of the staff are welcoming and accomodating. Regularly checking on how we're doing.
Mariscos La Ensenada -Oceanside
and Brookyn Boyz Pizza - Oceanside
Great treatment from all Owners and staff.