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3 Annoying Trends in Hipster Eateries

skidmarkjones | Dec 10, 201603:51 PM

Went to "Go get em tiger" today for brunch. The latest in trend-desperate hipster brunch spots in LF/Silverlake. The food is the standard fare you'd find at any of these places, done the same way they all do it. OK but nothing worth repeating, a bit overpriced. Hot bevs are served in handle-less glasses...why? The mug was invented for a reason kids. Nice outdoor terrace space overlooking HWood blvd. Friendly staff.

Not unique to this place, but I have to comment on three undesirable and seemingly ubiquitous trends lately:

1. When did ordering at the counter become a desirable dining experience for customers? Especially when staff brings the food to the table anyway. You force customers to either all stand in a line (not usually high on anyone's "things that are awesome" list) and hope to land a table after, or to break up the party, where one person waits in line and orders, while the others try to claim a table and hold it. It's unpleasant, unnecessary, and it feels like customers are working for the restaurant (managing seating and taking orders), but still paying full price for the food. Just take our order at the table, so we can, you know, enjoy ourselves.

2. Related to ordering at the counter, paying in advance means asking for a tip in advance of actual food and service. How can we tip on food and service we haven't experienced yet? Presumptuous and obnoxious.

3. Finally, the complete (and apparently recent) inability of these places to time dishes. For centuries restaurants have had no problem timing a table's order to arrive all together. This allows everyone to easily and comfortably abide by one of the basic rules of social propriety: don't start eating until everyone has been served. Having plates come out individually "whenever they're ready," is inexcusable and indicates laziness or a complete lack of basic expo skill in the kitchen. There's no benefit to the customer to have a bunch of plates come out at different times. It's also an inefficient use of servers (or, I guess "food runners" in this case, since they don't actually wait tables here --see above), requiring them to visit a table multiple times for what should have been a single trip to serve everyone.

Regressive trends, that nobody seems to be questioning..except me. Or am I not alone?

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