While my husband and I typically reserve eating out for special occasions, there are times when he just
prefers to surprise me. I do enjoy these special times together. When dining out, keep a few things
in mind as you not only decide where to go but also what you may be having. Here are my top five disasters in eating out.
1. Plan ahead and know the restaurants policy on complimentary drinks-Many restaurants offer
complimentary coffee or tea. Golden Corral is one such establishment, they may not tell you unless you point it out and specifically ask for the “complimentary drinks”
2. Dirty plate ware and silverware- There is nothing more glaring than going up to a buffet and having to
sort through plates, and silverware to find the cleanest possible. I am not even talking about well, they
don’t look polished. I am seriously talking about food and particles stuck on the plates at our recent trip
to a popular buffet.
3. Less Than Appealing Food Line- I understand that when you visit these chain buffet’s that it is at times
hard to keep up with the influx of guests. What is hard to deal with is really looking forward to the soups
and finding not one but all three inedible. If you can see a thick film and drying out underneath, it really
is a sign that it is old. If you look in and there is one empty with the bottom burnt in the pot, well, that
must have been popular that’s why there is nothing left.
4. Inattentive Employees- If you are there to eat then obviously you want food to be able to eat. In today’s times, it seems that even the employees are more interested in gossiping, texting or otherwise ignoring the customers in line.
5.Excellent Servers – yes, not everything is always bad, on a recent trip to Golden Corral, a popular buffet in our area, we had the best waitress we have ever had. She was prompt, courteous, and professional. Her attitude and concern for our needs made a bad visit exceptionally great. In the same aspect, the hot server on the meat end, took great pride in taking customer’s personal requests and making a steak cooked to perfection and served with a smile.
When dining out, always try to be prepared for anything and always go in knowing what you want, to
some extent. There will always be different attitudes and personalities in anything you do. Not everyone
takes as much pride or respect in their jobs but you may be surprised if you continue to remain open minded.