Ok, I'm asking this question knowing that I'm probably opening a can of worms here, but I'm wondering if the service in DC restaurants and bars is deteriorating, or I'm just on a bad run?
I have noticed in a number of DC restaurants and bars it has been tough to get the attention of bartenders or waiters. For some reason, they don't have situational awareness and look around the room. I've noticed that they seem very focused on the task at hand, but it makes it difficult to engage with them if you want to order something, or draw their attention to something, or ask the whereabouts of something you've already ordered. They're always walking with a purpose, but check ins are rare.
It's been at a wide variety of places: Local 16, El Centro, Old Ebbitt, Hamilton, Urbana, Smoke & Barrel... This has not been the case at PS7s, Cashions, and Tabard Inn.
Is it me? Or is it happening to others?