A few nice places that serve bread and butter with the meal - no charge.
Nell Thorn in La Conner. And Le Pichet in Seattle.
Very cozy place, great food and here's what they have to say about bread and butter which they give out with the meal.
"The purest form of our inspiration is kneaded into our bread. The organic flour already smells of a fresh loaf when you open a sack. This flour is mixed with water and allowed to ferment, gathering the wild yeasts and finally baked to yield a moist, crispy-crusted bread."
Diners, we have a choice. Wouldn't you rather eat at a place that has this attitude versus a restaurant that charges $3 for bread and butter with dinner?
Here's another place I love - Le Pichet.
I emailed them regarding their policy and attitude and here's their response. (They never have charged for bread)
"...our goal is to convey to our guests the hospitality and warmth of the traditional French table"
That comment about "hospitality" and "guests" sums it up. My feeling is that restaurants that don't serve bread and butter without charge DO NOT have that warm attitude about their customers. By their policies those places that charge see us and think, "How can we get another 3 bucks out of these suckers?"
The previous posts about bread and butter policy at local restaurants was moved to "Not About Food" evidently because we didn't mention names.
Now we are mentioning names.
What is your feeling about bread and butter at the table?
I would say that the place in la conner is an exception and that most places that serve bread do it as an after thought, and the bread is not good, and I'd rather they focus time and money budgets on excelling at whatever they do best. If someone else wants bread, they can pay for it.
That said, I also love that when I want bread, I want good bread with good butter or oil, and I am more than happy to pay $3 or whatever the cost is to do so.
That said, we got free bread at Tilikum Place Cafe on Friday. That's the only place recently I've noticed it.
In France bread is never brought to the table before the meal is served. It is brought with or after the meal has been served. Also, in most restaurants, the quantity of bread is modest -2 diners merits 2 slices of baguette, 4 diners get 4 slices. Bread baskets are not refilled unless requested, and French diners rarely, if ever, ask for more. The bread is not charged for separately, but it is a modest addition to the meal, not something diners fill up with while waiting for their meal.
I beg to differ, Twinsue. I had a French BF (from Paris) for several years, and both here in the states, there was a baguette EVERY day - and he could eat most of it himself. I know that is a more 'traditional' consumption pattern, rather than the modern trend - but not unusual.
When we traveled in France multiple times, we were often served a generous bread basket, and it frequently came before we had ordered. JF would of course eat quite alot. But never had butter with his bread.
I don't have a problem with charging for bread and butter so long as the bread and butter is at least very good. The cost of bread and butter (or tortilla chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants) is otherwise a pretty big overhead cost for the restaurant, which I assume is otherwise folded into the cost of other menu items. I love Cafe Juanita's bread/cracker basket (no charge)--several types of housemade breads and crackers. Divine!