Not About Food 47

Special Pet Peeve

egit | Feb 14, 200808:02 AM

Hello Hounds --

Last night I went to a popular little spot in the East Village; one that I've been to before, that I've recommended, and honestly I will most likely go back to. The menu is inexpensive, with most apps in the $5-8 range, and pasta dishes hovering around $10-12. Yet the pasta specials sounded good, so we ordered two of them for dinner. They were listed on a chalkboard, and the waiter recited them... but there were no prices listed nor recited. There wasn't anything particularly exotic in them, nor would it seem that their preparations were elaborate. But the bill arrived, and the specials were *twice* as much as the other pastas on the menu. Why?! Why are the specials not more or less in line with the price point of the rest of the menu (truffle season excepted, of course).

It's not about the money, it's about the principle. Normally I ask about the prices of specials, but this is a low-cost, low-key place. Honestly, it didn't occur to me to ask. I was more offended by this because I'd recommended the place, yet I wasn't paying the bill. I think it was a little bit of a nasty surprise for her, because she doesn't have a ton extra cash to burn.

Am I the only person this bothers? Has anyone ever challenged a restaurant on their bill when this happens?

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