As anyone who has ever dined out knows, there is always that one person at the table who becomes a food critic. They’re the ones who take forever to make a decision, agonize over every detail, and basically drive their server crazy. While it’s fun to be a food critic, there are ways to do it without annoying your server.
Here are thirteen tips for being a food critic without driving your server crazy.
1. Make your decision before you order. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to avoid annoying your server as a food critic. If you take forever to decide what you want, it holds up the whole table and drives your server crazy.
2. Be specific about what you want. Vague requests will only confuse your server and make them more likely to get your order wrong. If you’re particular about something, let them know upfront so they can accommodate your request.
3. Don’t change your mind once you’ve ordered. Once you’ve made your decision, stick with it. Changing your mind after you’ve ordered is just going to hold up the table and frustrate your server just because you are a food critic.
4. Be patient. Good things come to those who wait. If you’re in a hurry, it’s best to just order something simple and be done with it. Otherwise, relax and enjoy your meal.
5. Don’t send food back unless it’s truly terrible. Unless the food is inedible or seriously overcooked, it’s best to just leave it be. Sending food back wastes everyone’s time and is just plain rude.
6. Be polite. This one should go without saying, but it’s worth repeating. Your server is a human being, not a robot, so treat them with respect. A little politeness goes a long way.
7. Don’t be a know-it-all. There’s nothing more annoying than a know-it-all who has to correct their server all the time. If you know more about food than your server, great! But there’s no need to rub their nose in it.
8. Keep your requests reasonable. Asking for impossible things will only frustrate your server and make them less likely to accommodate your other requests. If you want something that’s not on the menu, ask if they can make an exception. But don’t ask for the impossible.
9. Don’t be a penny-pincher. It’s one thing to be frugal, but another to be cheap. If you’re constantly trying to get your server to give you discounts or freebies, you’re going to annoy them. And it’s not like they make that much money anyway.
10. Be grateful for good service. If your server goes above and beyond, let them know that you appreciate it. A simple “thank you” can go a long way.
11. Don’t be a demanding diva. If you’re constantly making demands and expecting special treatment, you’re going to annoy your server. Just because you’re paying for something doesn’t mean you’re entitled to everything.
12. Don’t get too personal. Your server doesn’t need or want to know your life story. Keep the conversation light and avoid getting too personal.
13. Tip well. This is perhaps the most important tip of all. If you don’t tip well, you’re not only being rude, but you’re also making your server’s job that much harder.
So, there you have it, our top thirteen tips for being a food critic without annoying your server. We hope you’ll find them helpful the next time you go out to eat. Do you also intend to be a food critic? This article here should help. Remember, be polite and respectful, and always remember that the servers are people too. They deserve your appreciation for all their hard work. Bon appétit!
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