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Nov 6, 2012 08:10 AM


This question is probably heresy on this site, but I've been wanting to go to Travail for a long time, and my husband says he's not standing in line to eat dinner. So tell me so I can tell him, why would anyone stand in line and hour, two hours or even two and a half hours for dinner, unless you are waiting for Red Cross supplies?

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  1. Sorry, but I wouldn't wait that long either. He's right. There are plenty of great restaurants in this town who value your time as much as your patronage. And those restaurants make great food too. It would be one thing if they had a huge lounge/bar to hang out in, but they don't and no food is worthy of that long of wait.

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    1. re: Db Cooper

      I am so with you here. We'd have a cow if we had to wait that long for any other service, but somehow dining is different. Huh? As much as I'd love to try it, I don't feel like standing around, drinking and staring at the slowpokes at table 14.

    2. It's not as though you are just standing there like a dunce (unless you show up early) can get a beer or two or some wine and a cheese plate or curds or other nosh while you wait for a table. They have a wall-mounted bags game and a shuffleboard as well.

      If it is just two of will get sat in less than an hour and a half on a weeknight. Most times when it is just my wife and I, we get sat in half an hour.

      If someone doesn't think food is worth waiting for (and I can't say I blame them), then there is nothing you can say to change that. I wouldn't wait in a line for a phone, no one could convince me it's a good use of my time...but make no mistake, you can't get a meal anywhere else in town quite like the prix fixe at Travail.

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      1. re: Foureyes137

        That's the other downside to me. Yeah, you can get a beer or some nosh while you wait. And stare at each table wondering how long it will be till they are done. And wow is that a fun feeling to have people hovering over wondering how long it will be till you leave so they can get your table.

        1. re: Db Cooper

          I've never had that feeling, and I've been to Travail many times. The waiting crowd is on one side of the restaurant, and the tables are on the other. The closest table to the waiting area is the hot tub time machine, and it's surrounded by walls.

          At any rate, no one has ever hovered over me while I've eaten, and I doubt the staff would allow it to happen.

          1. re: Db Cooper

            I think you'd agree that that sounds more like a diner problem than the restaurant's problem. I manage to enjoy my company enough to not really care when my name gets called, as long as it gets called, so I can't say I've experienced this.

            I've also not sensed others eye my table...not to say they are not staring, but I suppose I don't care so I don't notice.

          2. re: Foureyes137

            I don't need 10 courses and would never stand in line. It was good when I didn't have to wait(over a year ago) but now when I stop in and there is a wait I'll go to V44 and have a great meal.
            On the side went for lunch a Fika today at the Swedish Institute it was great. Pork Belly to die for.

          3. You can't tell him why he should do it, so don't. I did the big wait with a group, and it sucked. All I wanted to do was go next door to McDonalds. The food was great and I really appreciate the experience, but I'll never go again. That said, it doesn't sound like your husband is into it so don't force him. It sounds like this is a great opportunity to go out to Travail with a friend (maybe on Monday Night Football night) when he won't miss you. Then schedule a dinner night with him elsewhere. You both win.

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            1. re: GutGrease

              Travail isn't open Mondays.

              But going with someone else is a good suggestion.

            2. My advice is later (8pm or so) on a Tuesday/Wednesday. As noted above, they actually shut down on Halloween because they were empty. I've only gone by myself, and snagging a single bar seat isn't normally too difficult. Given the lack of available waiting space, I don't ever plan on going with more than 1 other person, unless they change their policies. And that's a shame, because I love the place.

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                1. re: semanticantics

                  How frequently does this happen? I haven't had time to go back since they raised their prices (again). Is it possible that they've found the upper limit of what enough people to keep them full all the time will pay?

                  1. re: shadowfax

                    Or no one goes out there on holidays? Halloween, election night......

                  2. re: semanticantics

                    Sh* you tell me. I was sitting at home watching reruns of "Full House" and Ink Master and wishing I could stab myself repeatedly in the brain with an ice pick.

                    1. re: MSPD

                      Yeah, no kidding. I've been dying to go to Travail forever, but my husband will. not. wait. to eat. Zero patience for that. Cripes. Could have gone twice now. Making a mental note for the next holiday that isn't a traditional dining out holiday.

                2. I was going to keep this little nugget of info to myself, but I'll "pass the rock." Travail accepts reservations for one 10-top table for either a 5:00 or 8:00 seating. All ten must order the full tasting menu. As if anyone would do anything different! :o)

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                  1. re: Brad Ballinger

                    I thought it was 8, and $1000 reservation for all you can eat / drink.