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Aug 27, 2013 12:16 PM

"doggie bags"??

I'm sure being "ancient" is a factor, but find that amount of food served in a restaurant is WAY more than I'm gonna eat at one sitting. I don't hesitate to have what I dont finish boxed up to go.

Back in June, joined brother and his family at the NJ shore for the day and we went out to a local/family place. I had fried flounder... hunka fish could EASILY have fed 2. Baked potato was MASSIVE... only ate half. When I asked to have left-overs boxed up, think I shamed SIL and her mother into doing the same?? One had 2-3 big fried shrimp and other had 2-3 fried scallops left on plate. I KNOW them well enought to just say... ya KNOW you're NOT really gonna EAT that tomorrow!?! Came home with lunch/dinner for next day... and not one shred of guilt!

Used to be a Victoria's Station in King of Prussia, PA... specialty was prime rib. Ranged from a boneless cut (probably a good 8ounces) to TWO bones (like from that scene in Uncle Buck!!). We'd come home with LOTS of stuff for dogs that dined on prime rib scraps... we'd reroast the MEATY bone, slather with BBQ sauce, and munch away the next day.

Are you a DB person??

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  1. Absolutely. We make a point of setting aside a portion of our restaurant meals for our American Eskimo. She would be crushed if we returned home from dinner without a few morsels for her.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      when my parents go out without me they bring home a "maggie bag" sometimes if they go to a place we frequent often it comes home with a note and and extra treat from the chef in it.

    2. Not any more. As I live alone, any leftovers would at most be an appetizer. Not like the kid can take it to school for lunch.

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        Same here, it's usually some kind of late night or random fridge-grab snack.

      2. Certain restaurant insiders advise asking the server for a container so you can do your own packing of leftovers at the table, because it is not uncommon for the server or kitchen staff to help themselves to some of your food before packing it for you.

        I keep a baggie or two in my purse for that purpose, since sometimes the restaurant's DB packaging leaks.

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        1. re: greygarious

          I can't imagine why a waiter would want to eat off my plate that I've been eating from. It's one thing for me to eat my own leftovers. If I were a server I would find that just disgusting. It's bad enough you have to look at another persons half eaten food but eat it?? Gross.

          1. re: Jpan99

            I'm not going to say this is "common" but it is not unheard of. If you had a pasta dish, they are not taking a fork and twirling themselves a fork full of pasta, but if you had a side of fries, onion rings things of that nature, yes they are sometimes eaten by staff.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              That tells me more about restaurant staff than I want to know.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                I've been in and around the business since I could first walk. Literally my first job at 3 years old was scraping gum off the tile floor of my fathers diner. There is NOTHING I haven't seen or experienced and what I mentioned here is rather tame.

                I laugh every time I read about people complaining about a hair in their food, or a servers thumb on the rim of a glass etc. While I completely agree it's poor service, it's such small consequences compared to the journey your food takes before it get's on your plate. Or in this case after!

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Spare me the grisly details if you please!

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    When i was a young pup working in a very well known restaurant, the GM of the place used to pull Costanza's before it was ever a thought on a future Seinfeld episode. I used to shake my head in disbelief.

                    As a patron....there was a restaurant chain known as Bobby Rubino's Place for Ribs...a copy of Tony Roma's back in the 80's. Members from my club had the exclusive New Jersey franchise rights and had two restaurants in Bergen County. One of their feature specials was this thing called an *All City Rack of Ribs", which was actually two full racks/slabs of Canadian Baby Backs for $ amazing deal. I could just barely finish one rack, let alone I asked for them to be wrapped up to go. The first two times I went to reheat the leftovers....only a half rack was in the doggy bag....Very annoyed to say the least. I could wait to go back and order them again, just so I could confront the Busboy or Server when they brought the bag back to the table....Sure enough, only a half rack was returned. I brought the issue up with the manager and he asked me if I was sure and if I did not eat the other half rack...

                    I told him he was an idiot and told the owners they owed me one and a half racks of ribs.

                      1. re: jounipesonen

                        heh heh, he's getting the slow roll. they haven't given him the ribs yet.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      Wouldn't be surprised about your food journey. I've been in retail electronics more than a few years and believe me your TVs and laptops take a beating at times. Fragile, please.

                    2. re: Perilagu Khan

                      Probably an indication of how poorly paid they are.

                2. re: greygarious

                  Aside from the fact that the staff may indulge themselves, I've had the experience where, because it's a 'doggy bag' the staff took that literally and included scraps from other plates for the dog.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    If I were that hungry as waitstaff, I'd probably take a few fries BEFORE serving it. Eating off a stranger's plate seems desperate and if they were going to do that, why not just take it off plates that weren't to be wrapped to go? Plenty of food gets thrown out in the back.

                    1. re: chowser

                      I have a feeling they don't necessarily think it through that much. Just food, sitting around.

                  2. Had dinner at a small bistro w/ this girl a few years back. She had the steak fritte and couldn't finish. Ask for a doggie bag. They took the steak away and returned w/ it wrapped in foil shaped like a small purse.

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                    1. re: Chinon00

                      Some famous restaurant used to do a sort of foil "origami" swan of leftovers.....forget who

                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                        Was it at the Plaza? Or something? I remember it in an episode of the Sopranos...see how cultured I am? (slinks away)

                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                          Benihana and other Japanese Steakhouses used to do that.

                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                            I have encountered such at many restaurants.

                            Others have special bags, boxes and little foil seals.

                            It just depends.


                        2. I don't usually have food left to doggie bag, but when I do I usually request a bag and if it's early in the night somehow it seems to make it's way into my mouth before the next day.