Before the Meal: The Appetizer

So, you want to go out to eat huh? The first thing you need to decide is what you feel like eating. After five years serving seafood I can't begin to tell you how many people come in and don't actually want seafood. Most places have a wide variety on their menu though, so this isn't much of a problem. Next, find out if they take reservations and call ahead. Too many people complain about the wait when they could have taken two minutes to call ahead. However, this doesn't guarantee that as soon as you get there that a table will be available. What most people do, and then forget about when they walk in next time, is sit around after the meal talking. This adds to the wait time, which is only an estimate, not an exact time, empirically provable. We can't very well tell people to leave when they're done, we would lose all our business. Lastly, let the seater know up front whether you need special accommodations or if you'd like a particular table. It is incredibly annoying to take a party past several tables only to have them ask for a booth they passed ten minutes ago. So the first lesson here is to be smart, be patient and try to be at least a little prepared.

Appetizer Part 2