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Off-menu accommodations and special orders

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Off-menu accommodations and special orders

Old School | Jul 17, 2002 05:58 PM

If you're like me, you often see something on the menu that sounds good but there's that one ingredient that just misses and you want the item prepared without it. Or you'd like an egg-white omelette, but with a tiny bit of yolk put in--just for color. Or you're at a restaurant and have a taste for something that's simply not on the menu at all, and ask if they'd make it for you anyway.

Obviously, there are places where you wouldn't even bother asking for such a special request, knowing it's not going to happen. On the other hand, I've found places in my travels where--for whatever reason--they're not only happy to do it, they almost seem to expect it from the clientele.

I've dined with people whose "preparation specificity" is so involved that others at the table have actually gotten up and gone to the restroom during the order, figuring they'd have at least five minutes until their turn.

There's a very good deli in Beverly Hills called Nate and Al's, where it seems like everyone has some highly contorted special requirement. My favorite was from someone who wanted their bagel double cut, and then wanted the top and bottom scooped out, and then all three pieces toasted "medium dark." The waitress took the request like she was taking the order for a cup of coffee.

Anyone have ideas on places in Chicago that let you get away with this bad behavior?

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