What cost-saving trends have you noticed at restaurants during the beginning of this recession?
I'm a Floridian and for the last year I have been observing an aggravating trend. It started in chain restaurants and is now moving out into the independents. They aren't giving their customers spoons anymore! The first few times it happened, I thought it was an oversight, especially when when I ordered coffee later in the meal and was left with no way to stir in the sugar I added.
But it is no oversight. It often happens to me in restaurants where they roll the silverware into a napkin or paper napkin. You don't notice it until later in the meal when you need to spoon some sauce over a meat entre, etc.
The last recession, the restaurants did away with providing you with a glass of water at meals, unless you specifically asked for it. Spoons seem to be the next trend. What else?