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no hot bread with lunch at Bonefish Grill - Lawrenceville

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I had a coupon for $10 off two lunch entrees, so we decided to try the new Bonefish Grill in Lawrenceville. It is in the shopping center with the ShopRite across from Quakerbridge Mall.

We ordered two entrees and did not get any hot bread with the pesto sauce. None of the tables near us had it either. Then we noticed that a young couple who were seated about 45 minutes after us had the hot bread. Seems like you have to be in the know and ask for it. Dumb us!

  1. Did you ask for some? Maybe they are charging for it now. Some places are.

    1. You're saying they gave you pesto sauce with no bread, or skipped the bread/pesto altogether?

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      1. re: ebchower

        Skipped the bread/pesto sauce altogether.

      2. What time did you go? Maybe the couple who were seated 45 minutes after you got the dinner menu, while your party, and everyone else were having lunch. btw, how was the food that you did get?

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        1. re: Herm

          We got there after 1pm, so it was possible the young couple got there around 2pm. Maybe that is the lunch/dinner cut-off. I don't know.

          The food was good, but portions were small. I was still hungry. I was counting on the hot bread. :-/

        2. No bread with lunch is a fairly common practice, perhaps the couple you note asked for it. I wouldn't feel slighted by this.

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          1. re: jrvedivici

            The official reply was "you can ask for it and if we have it we will give it to you".

            How is one suppose to know to ask if one has never been to the restaurant for lunch before? The waitress never told us. There was nothing on the menu.

            To me, you treat all your customers the same. This whole episode has rubbed me the wrong way. I have never encountered such practice by a restaurant before.

            They have lost us as customers.

            1. re: ieee488

              Not sure why you're hot under the collar? You dined, you saved $10 and you learned that next time you come in for lunch, ask about the bread.

              Let's put this in perspective: you've now 86'd Bonefish for their hot bread snafu and Peony Pavilion for their $1.25 hot water?

              1. re: Foody4life

                Yes, I have 86'd Bonefish.

                And yes I will not go back to Peony Pavilion. No customer wants to charged for hot tea when they only had hot water.

              2. re: ieee488

                Most diets will recommend skipping the bread at restaurants. I'm sure if they gave it automatically they'd have plenty of it going untouched.

                1. re: ebchower

                  Yeah, I like when restaurants don't automatically bring bread. It's just a waste for me.

                2. re: ieee488

                  I once felt the same when they didn't give me crackers for my sandwich.

              3. I went for lunch 2 weeks ago and asked (since I had kids with me). I was told that they generally don't serve the bread for lunch, only dinner.

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                1. re: lauren75

                  The key word is "generally".

                  So, they weren't *willing* to give you the bread, but how did they determine the other couple near us on Saturday to be more deserving of the bread?

                  1. re: ieee488

                    Supply and demand. Maybe that evening's bread shipment arrived late - around 2.

                    Kind of like ordering prime rib. End cuts aren't listed on the menu so one can't be expecting a place to have an unlimited supply.

                    Not worth getting upset if the end cut or bread's not available when you dine.