1. Servers Keeping Change--Probably not unique to Raleigh but that I've noticed an increasing amount of times at downtown dining establishments (yes, Empire Eats I'm talking specifically about some of your spots but not exclusively) where servers just skip bringing small amounts of change back--say 19 cents--when I pay with cash. Is there some unspoken hipster rule at there that says you don't have to bring change if it is under a certain amount? If so, where is the cutoff. To be sure I'm usually inclined to leave small amounts as part of the tip but I'd like to be given the opportunity to make that decision rather than just have it assumed. Indeed, when servers make that assumption for me, I'm often inclined to tip less than I otherwise would have.
2. Postcards with the Check--I haven't complained about any Ashley Christensen dining spots lately so let me spread the rant a bit (although this is not unique to AC): What is up with the post cards left as part of the check? Do people routinely take these? I just leave them with the check. I'm all for feeding the publicity beast that is AC restos but couldn't we just have a stack of postcards somewhere for those really desiring to spread the word. OK, if I go to Poole's maybe but I'm not inclined to send somebody a postcard from Joule or Chuck's--"Hi Mom, I just spent $4 on a single cup of coffee!" or "Dear Wake Cardiology: Greetings from your favorite restaurant--I got a burger, fries and the shake."
3. Stealth Menus--Speaking of Poole's, I love their food (most of it) and dedication to daily menus (although I hate not having it printed anywhere and having to stand and look at the boards). In this technological time, would it be that hard for places like Poole's, Stanbury, Mandolin, etc. to (1) post more recent sample menus on their website and (2) to take a photo and put on their facebook page? I guess I must just not be part of this new target clientele that doesn't care about money (see #1) but I'll admit that when I'm spending a big chunk of change to eat at one of those spots, there are times I'd like to have a better idea of current menu offerings than just showing up and being surprised.