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What's the Problem at Wally Joe's Memphis?

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What's the Problem at Wally Joe's Memphis?

Piranha | Oct 7, 2004 02:06 PM

Four of us went to Wally Joe's last night and encountered some of the most overbearingly obnoxious service I've seen in ages. It started when we asked if they had Chopin vodka. The response was a lengthy lecture leading to "no" that that included the misinformation that Chopin is rye vodka (no, it's potato) and that its "sister spirit" Belvedere is wheat (no, it's rye). That was followed by a lengthy lecture on Hangar One (that appeared to be accurate). And then when the Hangar One martinis came there was so much vermouth (even though we said dry) that the waiter had to take them back (which, in the one good move of the night, he offered to do).

Every question was met by some lengthy and condescending explanation. (Although he forgot the specials and and had to check his notes on that). We must have tried to cut off some explanation with "okay" about ten times but the waiter wouldn't shut up until he finished. And then another guy tried to introduce dessert by talking about what "my pastry chef" has prepared. I asked if the chef was his personal property (no, evidently).

Are they taught to act like that? Do they think that no one in Memphis knows food? Have they ever been to a restaurant with really good service? It really made it impossible to take the place seriously.

The food was above average for Memphis. It's overpriced, but it might be worth going back to if the focus wasn't on the waiters' attitudes. As it is, I can't imagine returning.

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