I’ll be right upfront, this is a restaurant rant.
Ever go to a *drive thru and ask them to hold the mayo? The only sandwich I like with mayonnaise is a BLT. And then I prefer Miracle Whip.I learned to tolerate mayo when I cooked at a small office building deli. I made egg salad and tuna with mayo. But a hamburger? Growing up we had hamburgers at home, not in a restaurant. It was meat, mustard, and maybe a pickle. When I married and went to a foreign land, Texas, a burger came “all the way” – restaurant lingo for, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, ketchup, mayo and the kitchen sink. A brief venture working at a Dairy Queen made me an “all the way” expert. And don’t forget that little DQ signature curl on the ice cream cone, it had to be perfect. You’re also taught you must always turn a Blizzard upside down when presenting it to the customer.
Another brief stint as a waitress in a brand new small restaurant was when I realized I was not cut out for this type of work. I had a catering business with a good friend for a very short time. That’s when my back pain took priority and we had to quit, but I knew something of food service. At this new restaurant I naively thought the owner would be well versed in what it takes to run a startup business. Thinking it would be fun to wait tables for a new adventure, I was wrong, very, very, wrong. We had about four popular items on the menu. My first table had sixteen hungry people. Right then, my instincts should have kicked in, but no. I took the orders and finally went to the kitchen, finding everyone (2) there in a chaotic mess. I’ve since learned this is the usual in restaurant kitchens. After four trips back to my large table, advising them we were “out” of what they ordered, I felt like a failure. Needless to say, so was the restaurant.
These experiences make you realize that working with food takes guts! Waiters and waitresses need to be respected and tipped! I’m not talking about ten percent on a cup of coffee. These people don’t make minimum wage. They take home a share of tips at the end of the night. I emphasize share. If your waiter is amazing and his coworker isn’t, they all get the same share at the end. Minimum wage is important. When I see bread go from 25cents to 325 cents, something has to give.
As in most jobs, especially outside an office atmosphere, you have to walk in their shoes before criticizing. Working in your home or outside, is hard. If it wasn’t, it would be called vacation.
Okay another language alert if you watch this! Think the quality of my posts may be going downhill.?….