I pride myself on my service. I employ only the best of servers when I cater a party. I expect nothing but the best. So is it too much to ask for the same when going out to eat. Now I am not going to group all places together. I don’t expect the diner down the street to give me the same service as any of the top notch restaurants in any major city, but once again, 9 out of 10 times the diner is better. Every city I have lived in or been to the service is always different. The best service I have had has been in Seattle and Portland. There is a reason for this….there isn’t any actors there. Now, I just want to state that some of my best servers are actors themselves, but I think there is a difference between service at home and service in a restaurant. In someone’s home it is a little more personable, which leads it to a somewhat more relaxed atmosphere no matter how formal the dinner is.
LA is particularly difficult. Nobody here is a server. They are actors. Serious actors. They don’t give a flying fuck if your $40 steak is overdone or they brought your entrée with your appetizer. Maybe they are star struck by the D list celebrity sitting next to you, or pissed because it isn’t them sitting there with the scarlet D across their forehead. Speaking of bringing my entrée with my appetizer, my major peeve is the rush. You better not rush me. If I want to take most of the night to eat my dinner, that is my prerogative. I just spent 4 years living in Barcelona where you were lucky if you got a menu in the first 20 minutes…and it might take another 20 just to get your drink. Why do we rush? I don’t want to be rushed. I don’t want to have to be rolled out of the restaurant not remembering what just happened or even having a clue what I just ate without having to take notes (which I do a lot anyway, so I guess I shouldn’t bitch too much). I want to remember a fabulous dinner with the best service ever…everytime. Is it too much to ask?