57 Secrets Your Restaurant Server Isn’t Telling You
What would servers from across the country tell you if they could get away with it? Well, for starters, when to go out, what not to order, what really happens behind the kitchen’s swinging doors, and what they think of you and your tips.
Tips are pooled
“In many restaurants, the tips are pooled, so if you have a bad experience with the server, you’re stiffing the bartender who made your drinks, the water boy who poured your water, sometimes the hostess, the food runners, and maybe the other waiters.”—Christopher Fehlinger. Here are some handy tips for how to tip in every situation.
Eggs are normally made from powder
“Even at the best breakfast buffet in the world, 99 times out of 100, the big pan of scrambled eggs is made from a powder.”—Jake Blanton. In fact, there’s only one dish at McDonald’s that actually uses real eggs.
It’s normally the kitchen’s fault
“People think that just because your food took a long time, it’s the server’s fault. Nine times out of ten, it’s the kitchen. Or it’s the fact that you ordered a well-done burger.”—Judi Santana
We know when you’re having an affair
“When you’re with the woman who’s not your wife, you’re a lot nicer to us, probably because you know that we know it’s not your wife.”—Caroline Radaj, waitress at a members-only club outside Milwaukee
You’ll get rewarded for being a regular
“It’s much easier to be recognized as a regular on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. Once you’re recognized as a regular, good things start to happen. You’ll find your wineglass gets filled without being put on your bill, or the chef might bring you a sample.”—Christopher Fehlinger. Check out these simple tips for saving money at restaurants.
Avoid certain days
“Avoid Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day like the black plague. It’s crazy busy, so they’re not going to be able to pay as much attention to quality. Plus, they bring out a special menu where everything is overpriced.”—Steve Dublanica. Here are some more secret tricks hiding in restaurant menus.
Order for your kids
“If the restaurant is busy and your child is shy, please order for him. Kids can sit there forever trying to decide, or they whisper and you can’t hear them. Meanwhile, the people at the next table are yelling at you to come over.”—Derek Dudley, a waiter at a casual pizza restaurant in Phoenix
Know how to tip
“The best tippers tend to be middle-class or people who have worked for everything they have, not the really wealthy or the kid who inherited the trust fund. Which is not to say that we mind if you use coupons. But when you do, tip on the amount the bill would have been without them.”—Judi Santana
First dates are the best for tips
“First dates, especially blind Internet dates, are great for tips. You know he’ll probably order a bottle of wine and leave a 20 to 25 percent tip because he’s showing off.”—Jeremy Burton, waiter at a grill in southwest Michigan
Don’t order fish early in the week
“Don’t order fish on Sunday or Monday. The fish deliveries are usually twice a week, so Tuesday through Friday are great days. Or ask the restaurant when they get theirs.”—Steve Dublanica. Here are some more seafood facts that will change the way you eat.