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May 10, 2009

The Comment of the Week, late by one day

The Comment of the Week got delayed yesterday because I was flying back from Savannah (and what an easy trip it was compared to our trip down) and hadn't had the time to read a lot of the comments. I published many, maybe most, but not all this trip.

It was fun just now to start at May 3 and read them as they should always be read, under their posts. (When I'm not on vacation and am doing all the comment publishing, I read them in the blogware in chronological order, and it can get quite confusing.) ...

There were so many funny ones (I'm looking at you again, Robert of Cross Keys) and so many great exchanges it was impossible to pick just one that stood out. But there was one that didn't get any discussion. I'm hoping if I designate it Comment of the Week we can talk about it further.

MD Canon had questioned the practice of waiters folding your napkin when you leave the table, a nicety that always seemed odd to me because once I've used a napkin I don't really want anyone else handling it until I'm finished:

Well MD Canon I can only speculate but I think that move is to keep the bussers from removing everything from your table. Since I do dine out alone quite frequently, I have had the experience of going to the restroom and returning to find my lobster tail & filet along with everything else removed from the table. If I had known the code, I would have gladly folded and placed my napkin on the back of my chair. This happened @ Captain Harvey's in Owings Mills who apologized most graciously and brought me a "fresh" meal.

Posted by: Lone Lady | May 9, 2009 12:35 PM

I'm not sure this is the reason, because the napkin folding thing happens to me often enough even when the rest of my party is still sitting there, ready to defend my unfinished plate from overzealous wait staff. Maybe they just think it's a nice gesture. 

Anyway, how do you signal that you don't want your plate removed if you're eating alone and have to leave the table?

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 8:39 PM | | Comments (4)


Umm--take it with you?

Apparently parties of two are not welcome at Sabor Restaurant. We made a reservation on Tuesday for 7:15 Saturday evening. When we arrived we were taken to the only table available for two people. It was placed out on the floor directly in front of the swinging kitchen door. Although there were many empty tables, we were told by the chef's wife that they were all reserved for parties of four or more. We were not allowed to sit at the "community table" either and were told that six of the ten chairs were already reserved. We had dined there twice before with larger parties and had enjoyed it. However, we need never go there again. A party of two is not welcome.

Turn it upside down?

RE: someone else handling my napkin ... yet another thing I hadn't thought about. I guess I'm hoping that everybody on a restaurant's staff is scrupulously clean, washing hands many times during the course of the evenings' service. I'm sure there are horror stories out there that I'd just rather not hear.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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