Thoughts on peeves from DC
I got this e-mail today from Scott Phillips, who brings up some interesting points:
The last time I went to dinner at Bicycle, there was a sign posted that requested no cell phone use ...
I thought the food was creative and yet it worked and was very good. It was one of the more impressive meals I've had in the past year. I also really liked Samos a great deal but I'm looking for something different for my next trip.
I live in DC but I'm from Baltimore and have many friends and families in Baltimore. It is commonplace to ban cell phones from upscale restaurants in the DC area. When I say upscale, I don't mean restaurants that pretend to be upscale but are merely overpriced but hip restaurants. We all know these restaurants (think Phillips 15 years ago before it stopped trying at all).
I will say this. Baltimore has much better Greek, Eastern European and Italian food than DC. DC has much better tapas, Middle Eastern, and Latin American food.
I liked your remarks/peeves about restaurants. I'm curious. Is it appropriate to remove someone's plate after they've finished eating but while others are still working on their food? This happens routinely and someone once told me that the staff is supposed to wait.
Me: The reason the staff is supposed to wait, it seems to me, is that it makes the other guests feel rushed if someone's plate is removed. And it draws attention to the fact that one person at the table ate more quickly than the others.