On my first and only visit to the well reknowned Saddle River Inn I ordered an appetizer, soup and salad, no main course (I can't eat a large meal). It is important to know that those three dishes came to $29. I was told by the waiter that there is a minimum entree order of $25 and if I didn't order an entree then I would be charge $25 for the salad! I asked to see the manager and she assured me that this time it would be fine to leave my order as is and not charge me for the entree which I did not order/want but that it is written on the menu (which I didn't see) so next time they would have to charge me for it.
Why not say there is a minimum charge per person? I feel this is not fair to those of us who don't want to eat a heavy, large meal yet still want to go out to upscale restaurants.