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Aug 10, 2012 08:05 AM

Would you ever ask for a doggie bag at Alinea? Saison? Per Se? French Laundry?

This post about doggie bags, , got me thinking.

Putting aside for a moment whether any of those restaurants (or restaurants of that ilk) would even offer a take-out-leftover service, would you ever ask for a "doggie bag" at the French Laundry? Alinea?

Maybe that 24 course tasting menu at Rogue was one course too many?

Or how about taking home that second piece of toro from Urasawa?

Would the thought ever cross your mind to ask for a doggie bag?

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  1. My request to doggie bag has nothing to do with the location and everything to do with my meal.
    Toro? No. No cooler in my car. The last few fries on a seafood platter? No. Scallop foam? No.
    But half of a sirloin from a fine steakhouse? Yes.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      Oh dear why no room for the scallop foam?

    2. When I've eaten at places like that, there's been nothing on my plate to doggie bag. They're not serving huge portions that over flow your plate. If anything, I'm left feeling like how much I would have liked one more bite of the dish. Then its on to the next course. Never leave feeling hungry, but there are never leftovers.

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      1. re: Bkeats

        I believe that Keller has been quoted as wanting to leave his dinners wishing for one more
        bite. I've eaten at both of his restaurants mentioned and feel exactly like Bkeats about
        the portions etc.

        1. re: Bkeats

          Same here. Never had a problem since there was never leftovers.

        2. Once it's on my plate,and I pay for it, it's mine. If I want to take it home, I will. If they give me a stink eye for that, then I would assume, they maintained ownership. And they assume the cost.

          1. In that league one should not have to ask. The MD should discreetly inquire whether the extra portion should be couriered to the penthouse, boat, or the airplane.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  veggo, your perspective is always priceless!

                  1. No.

                    While I have not dined at two, I did not, at the other two.