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December 19, 2008

I hate plastic plates

ropewalk tavernWell, let me be a little more specific: I hate it when bars and restaurants serve food on plastic plates. It's equally despicable when bars and restaurants serve drinks in plastic cups.

Plastic cups and plates are only OK when it's past midnight and the kitchen/bar has run out of regular dishware. That's understandable.

But when Amie and I were in Ropewalk Tavern (1209 S. Charles St.) for dinner a couple nights ago, our server brought us little black plastic plates with our order of nachos. Our burgers came out on plastic plates too.

We asked our server what the deal was, and she didn't know ...

It wasn't late at night. And it wasn't a weekend -- it was a weeknight. And and and there weren't that many people there. Heck, half of the tables in the dining room (pictured) were empty. Argh!

If memory serves, this happened to me at the short-lived super club Palma.

It makes me clench my teeth and "Grrr."

I mean, if I want to eat and drink off plastic stuff, I'll go to K-Mart, get plastic stuff and eat and drink off it. Give. me. a. break.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:51 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


You're a bar, not the Ritz.

I'm not a bar ... I'm Sam Sessa!

At* at bar.

Well, of course!

If I were at the Ritz, I'd expect gold plates. But I was at Ropewalk instead, where I expect porcelain plates. If I were at a picnic, I'd expect plastic plates.

Plastic is for office potlucks and 4th of July in the neighbors' backyard. Frankly, it's not cost efficient to use plastic. Also seems sort of transient.

Agreed, Eve. Also, bad for the environment! I barely recycle, but even I realize plastic plates at a bar/restaurant would generate a lot of unnecessary waste.

If you barely recycle, I'd say YOU are bad for the environment, & generate a lot of unnecessary waste.


Did you voice your displeasure and dissatisfaction to the bar management?
That you tolerate disposible/recycle dinnerware only at fastfood eateries where it is expected, but in this level of dining it is adversive and puts one off.

I didn't, and I should have. But I didn't want to make a big fuss.

I don't like them either, and I hate drinking wine out of plastic - but you know what I hate more? DIRTY GLASSWARE. And the method used for "cleaning" bar glassware is enough to make me stop drinki... well, it's enough to make me drink before I go out so I don't mind as much that there is a nice, gooey gross lipstick print on my glass.

Yes, the method used for 'cleaning' bar glassware is interesting, I've seen one or two seconds in each of the three sinks and that's it!

Another pet peeve of mine, especially prevalent at a neighborhood bar you know, Sam, is the presenting of a bottle of (good) beer only and no glass at all, and having to ask (and maybe wait) for said glass.

If it's Natty or Bud Light god forbid or whatever, then fine. But, to me, anything better requires a glass.

at least it wasn't styrofoam or paper.

Ouch, Matt. Note I said "barely" not "don't".

Props to Baltimore City for making it easier with single-stream. A lot more of my unnecessary waste is being recycled these days. I'd say that's one thing Sheila Dixon has actually done to really improve the city.

You know which restaurant serves their food on styro with plastic forks...Crossroads

cutbacks across the GOP board. From the top down. All that campaign $ wasted!

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