Here I am, the lone diner. I walk into a local restaurant that has received accolades from everyone, I expect that I will be showered with attention, and be amazed with the food.
HA!! "fraid not!
I walk in, and stand there.... and wait and wait... 1,,,,2 minutes go by... someone finally sees me and says.... Oh ... did you need a seat? WELL YEAH... I don't normally eat standing in a foyer.
They seat me in the BACK... not even close to another human being, and I wait.... and wait... NO menu... NO water... nothing...
1...2....3...4....5... minutes.. FINALLY someone comes and drops off a menu, and walks away... no water... not can I get you a drink nothing.
10 minutes later... someone comes back and asks if I am ready to order, the first thing I say is I would LOVE a glass of water, and give them my order.
I waited another 15 minutes for my water and appetizer to arrive, it was a bowl of soup that was actually HALF a bowl, and it was all potatoes and no seafood. (seafood chowder should have SOME seafood,,, shouldn't it?)
THEN, 10 minutes later, my entree arrives...all would be well but I ordered fish and chips, and there was 1 teaspoon of tarter sauce, I asked for more... and waited.. and waited and waited... 40... yes 40 minutes later, they come back, I ask for the check and a box to take the fish home SINCE I NEVER GOT THE TARTER I ASKED FOR... I get the box, the check... and Poof, no server... so I wait with the CC on the check.. for another 10 minutes.. finally I walked up to the bar, and handed the tender my check and CC.
This is not the first or only time this has happened to me, but always as a lone diner.
WHY oh WHY do restaurants treat lone diners like lepers?