Write down my order, please
Every since I read John's Shallow Thought Wednesday guest post yesterday, I've been trying to think of a valid reason why a server wouldn't want to write down my order.
All I've been able to come up with is that it's quicker to commit the order to memory so he or she doesn't have to write it twice. These days the server is probably putting it into a computer, not pinning up a paper check for the kitchen to use. ...
That's not good news for the customer, unless you're at a fine-dining restaurant where servers are tested on their memory before getting the job. (I'm making that up.)
In fact, that may be where the practice got started in the first place for more casual restaurants. Maybe they wanted to seem more like the fine-dining model than, say, the diner where the gum-chewing waitress laboriously takes down your order on her little pad.
Of course, this is all random musing on my part while I'm doing the dishes last night.
But isn't it frustrating when they don't write down your order and then get it wrong? If you fall into the category of picky eater, which of course I don't, haha just kidding, you forever find yourself picking the onions off the house salad or getting lemon AND cream but not the requested milk for your tea.
I have to admit when a server does get the order straight without writing it down, it's very impressive. I feel like he or she is really paying attention, and we should tip accordingly.
(Algerina Perna/Sun staff)