Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Lidia Bastianich Chef, Author, Owner of Felidia | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Not About Food

Don't touch my plate!

Share:

Not About Food 17

Don't touch my plate!

Procrastibaker | Oct 25, 2006 10:25 PM

I wonder if any veteran servers could give me some perspective on the following practice common at many, many restaurants (though not, in my experience, at really upscale places): taking a patron's plate the *instant* s/he takes the final bite and/or before the other people at the table are finished eating. Are they trying to stay on top of things? Is it just bad training? I invariably end up feeling rushed and watched. Plus, if you're the first one finished and your plate is suddenly gone the whole dining vibe gets screwed. Suddenly you're just sitting at a table watching the rest of your party eat. It's uncomfortable.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Feedback