When it comes to my neighborhood restaurants, I've always preferred eating in the comfort of my own apartment to getting a table (by myself) and eating there. The catch is that a few of them aren't used to take-out orders.
I'd be curious if any of you have any tips for ordering take-out from places where you may be one of very few (if not the only) take-out order.
Stuff I wonder about in particular:
* Should you just not do it? Sometimes I've been told I can't place a take-out order because they're just too busy. Does it really put a strain on the staff on a busy night? Will they hate you the way they hate a non-tipper or habitually rude customer?
* How should you tip?
* Is there any way to make it easier on the staff?