So last night we got home and I couldn't deal with cooking (mustard-grilled lamb, boiled potatoes with butter, salt and parsley, and broccolini), so I punted and went to go get us food from California Pizza Kitchen. (What can I say, I like it now and then.) The CPK ASAP location near Angel Stadium is gone, so I went to the new fancy CPK restaurant at the Anaheim GardenWalk, two blocks from (ominous chord) Disneyland.
There were THOUSANDS of people walking around eating at the good (McCormick's and Schmick's), the bad (Bubba Gump Shrimp Company) and the ugly (the Texas Cheesecake Depository). The CPK had a line out the door of cranky, hungry touri...er... guests in our fair city. The takeout counter was busy too -- and I didn't have the phone number, since they just opened two weeks ago. So I waited... and waited... and waited... while the couple in front of me gave the world's most nightmarish order to the takeout counter.
The woman ordered a Thai chicken pizza. A good choice, and one I often get myself. Then there was the man. He ordered -- and this took nearly 20 minutes -- a pizza with no tomato sauce, but with extra garlic oil, and fresh tomatoes, and Italian sausage, and bleu cheese, and something else, but with the toppings all the way to the edge of the crust, etc., etc. It took the poor 20-year-old at the takeout counter forever to get it all right -- and then, of course, the kitchen read "bleu cheese dressing" instead of "bleu cheese baked on the pizza", and the guy flipped his wig, and it was just too painful to watch.
Honestly, when did it become OK to do this?? I understand a modification because you're allergic or averse to something. I could even understand it if you called ahead. But when you're "building your own pizza", you need to go to a place where you build your own pizza. Not a really shockingly busy CPK on a Saturday night. To CPK's credit (or is it?) they accommodated him. I'm surprised they did, but it's a credit to their customer service (and the dark side of the "guests are always right" philosophy).