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New Boston Globe Critic Devra First

Kbee | Aug 9, 2007 07:12 AM

I realize she's written for the Globe for awhile, but apparently she's been officially appointed Restaurant Critic. Not a terrible debut, but something she said really stuck in my craw:

"a waitress hounds us for our orders with each new course, then takes forever to deliver them"

Perhaps I'm misinterpreting this, but it seems like she's saying they ordered their meal course. by. course. one. dish. at. a. time. and then complained that it took "forever". Even better, the server is the one that took forever to deliver them. Is she kidding? Does she think the waitress was hanging around out back, hot dishes in hand, taking her time to deliver them? If the dishes arrived hot, I think it's safe to assume it was the kitchen that took "forever". Guess what, Devra? When you insist on ordering piecemeal, you take away the kitchen's ability to pace your meal correctly, and you will sometimes have long pauses between courses, depending on how long it takes to make each dish. As for the waitress "hounding", I'm not surprised that she would want to know what will be ordered next. She'd like to know what silverware to put out, and get all those menus out of the way, and the kitchen would also like to know what's next as well.

If she's going to be a professional diner, she needs to start acting like one.

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