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More of Sally's Restaurant Gripes
September 2011

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Last month I featured my "Top 10 Restaurant Gripes" and asked to hear from you about your gripes. Some of the following comments were offered by readers who enjoyed last month's "Top 10 Restaurant Gripes" and had more to say. Thanks to each of you for sharing. Here are more good ones:


More of Sally's Top 10 Restaurant Gripes


11. Spreading Germs 

Menus, which are not sanitized between uses (and this includes 99.9% of all restaurants). Think about those back-woods-bumpkins who flipped those same plastic surfaced pages and/or binder covers 10 minutes ago or less, yeah the same ones responsible for making escalator hand grips the most ecoli infested surfaces around...   


12. More Germs  

Waiters who fill water glasses by touching the water container to the rim of the glass. Picture in your mind how many others have been similarly touched before yours...including the guy across the restaurant with the runny reddened nose. Microbiology dictates that his kooties become yours as soon as you have your first sip.


13. Too Cozy Tables 

Restaurants with tables an inch away from your table. Nothing like sharing your intimate conversations with the adjacent couple, or worse yet, hearing theirs.  


14. Servers Invading Your Space 

Servers, yours as well as random servers passing by, invading your table space and pouring wine or bottled water without first asking. Not everyone wants a refill.  Regarding bottled water, not everyone at the table is drinking it. Regarding wine, the bottomless glass gives you no way of gauging how much you are drinking.  They seem to forget that you are paying for the item and that it is not theirs to distribute without first asking.  Doing so is bad manners not to mention invasive and disruptive, although it does seem to be common practice.  


15. Loud Music 

I CANNOT stand the loud, sometimes awful music restaurants play, and even worse, it is LOUDER in the LADIES' ROOM!!!!!!!!!! I can't even carry on a conversation in most restaurants, from chains to luxury restaurants anymore.  


16. Comment on Loud Music   

As regards the ladies comment on loud music in the Ladies' Room, I want to say that it was probably a man's idea, designed to get them out of there quicker...  


17. Kids  
When you have children in your party, their food should be served as soon as possible.  


18. Hard Butter 
Restaurants that serve hard butter should know better.  Butter should be served at room temperature so that it is spreadable. 

19. Bread  

Most diners expect bread to be served at a quality restaurant and are not happy when they have to ask for it or when it arrives late. 


20. Gratuity Scam (twice)  

Restaurants that add gratuity to the bill without disclosing it. And restaurants that then try to trick you into giving an even larger tip by having a blank line on the credit card slip for even more gratuity, again without disclosing that they already added it into the bill.   



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All the best in food, wine, and travel.


Happy September!


Sally Bernstein




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National Breakfast Month, National Biscuit Month, National Honey Month, National Potato Month, National Apple Month, National Chicken Month, National Rice Month, National Papaya Month, 
California Wine Month, Ethnic Foods Month, National Ice Cream Sandwich Month, National Organic Harvest Month, National Mushroom Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, Chili Peppers and Fig Month, National Coupon Month, and Whole Grains Month.      



September 1: National Cherry Popover Day
September 2: National Blueberry Popsicle Day  

September 3: National Welsh Rarebit Day   

September 4: National Macadamia Nut Day

September 5: Labor Day; Cheese Pizza Day  

September 6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day  

September 7: Salami Day 

September 8: National Date Nut Bread Day
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September 11: National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13: Fortune Cookie Day; National Peanut Day

September 14: National Cream-Filled Donut Day  

September 15: National Creme de Menthe Day
September 16: National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day  

September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day  

September 18: National Cheeseburger Day  

September 19: National Butterscotch Pudding Day  

September 20: National Punch Day  

September 21: International Banana Festival
September 22: National White Chocolate Day

September 23: Hug a Vegetarian Day 

September 24: National Cherries Jubilee Day
September 25: National Crab Newberg Day  
September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day

September 27: Crush a Can Day
September 28: Rosh Hashanah
September 29: National Coffee Day; Poisoned Blackberries Day
September 30: National Mulled Cider Day 








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