Asking the server 'What's good?'
Commenting under an earlier post, a server or bartender complained about customers asking if a particular dish is good. Or simply, "What's good?"
I think there must be an axiom that the answer's complexity is proportional to the cost of the meal.
I agree it's a foolish question from the server's point of view, and I can see how irritating it could be. But I bet the servers who come up with a more convincing answer than "Everything's good" get a bigger tip. ...
When we ate at the Prime Rib recently our waiter considered our variation on this question with great seriousness. I don't remember exactly what we asked. It sounded better, but it was basically "What's good?"
I waited for him to say, "You idiot, the restaurant is named after the prime rib," but of course he didn't. And when my husband asked which of the oyster preparations was better, our waiter said the kitchen would fix them casino-style if we wanted (not on the menu), which immediately made us feel as if we had insider information.
The career servers, or even the smart young ones who are working a temporary job, will subtly suggest that you and they are co-conspirators, pooling your knowledge to come up with a fantastic meal. They will draw you out. "Do you feel like seafood tonight? I've been getting a lot of compliments on the red snapper."
They will always have a suggestion, because anyone can get overwhelmed with the size of some menus, or feel indecisive when there are too many delicious possibilities.
(Brendan Cavanaugh/special to the Sun)