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Nov 13, 2013 10:00 AM

Jay Rayner on queuing for restaurants

I have to agree with him. Toronto seems to be flooded with hip restaurants where people line up for hours so they can be seated at a bench.

But then I'm old. I might have enjoyed it when I was younger. Unfortunately a lot of places with interesting food fall into this category so I may never try them. I'll wait until the trend turns back to reservations.

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  1. Personally, I think standing on queue for two or three hours will yield a less than stellar meal as a consequence. To me that indicates a kitchen staff consistently slammed, and wait service overtaxed. Corner-cutting becomes the norm.

    Just me take on the "trend".

    1. I love Jay Raynor! "If everybody was patient, nothing would ever get done. The world depends on restless, impatient people."

      and "I believe fully in humility. I am brilliant at that, do it better than anybody else."

      These are my words to live by!

      I won't wait longer than 30 minutes. I can't believe people who think standing in line is part of their eating experience.

      1. Entirely agree with Jay. Queuing for dinner is not in our genetic make-up in the UK. No need whatsoever for us to import bad customs from foreign cultures.

        1. He mentions Shake Shack and Five Guys, which are fast food burger joints that don't have table service -- it would be ludicrous to expect them to take reservations!

          It's also ludicrous to stand in line for more than half an hour (and that's stretching it). What always puzzles me is the number of people who say they've waited hours (as many as three) to eat at Cheesecake Factory. Really?

          1. There are entirely too many unavoidable lines and waits in life (traffic, cable guy, so on) for me to wait in an avoidable one.

            I also don't understand the people who say they can't make reservations because they can't plan that far in advance. How does an hour-long wait enhance the "do it now" experience?