Let’s just get it out in the open, shall we? Restaurants are swamped right now. They are understaffed and expected to work relentlessly and perfectly, at all times. 

At least as a customer that is what we expect, right? It might be what we expect; however, are these realistic expectations on our part? Absolutely not! We are in the midst of a pandemic in case you have not noticed. COVID 19 has changed the way our world will continue to function now and in the future. This includes the luxury of eating within the confines of a restaurant. Of course, we could be on one side of the fence or the other and we could argue one battle against another; but is either side correct? Is either side within their rights? Even though both sides think that they are 100%, unequivocally, correct; no one needs to fight or argue about a meal. Especially not a meal that could be had in the privacy of your own home. Think about that before you go to an establishment and ask for their service.

While we are on the subject of asking; here are just three basic questions that you can ask your waiter/waitress at an establishment to not only break the ice but to let them know they are human beings and worthy of respect just as you are.

What Do You Recommend?

This is a very natural way to break the ice between yourself and the person that is waiting on you. They will not have enough time to really put thought behind it and the answer will come naturally and honestly. This is a great way to “break the ice” and to let them know that you are in fact interested in them. Which, let’s be honest, if you’re not then you shouldn’t be there.

Can I Swap Something?

This is another way to interact and talk with the person waiting on you. They will know which meals will allow or not allow for changes to be made. This will allow them to have the confidence in themselves to be able to give you the information that you require. You may very well be surprised at how a simple act like this can give them the feeling of accomplishment as they are helping you.

Are There Upcharges?

This is a very touchy area that must be clearly laid out. As a customer, you want to know what you’re going to be charged and as a waiter/waitress, they want to charge you accordingly. Believe it or not, they want you to have a pleasant experience. Please remember that not only do you pay your tab at the restaurant but that helps that individual personally. Neither one of you want to have surprises on that bill when it comes to the end of the meal.

There are an array of other questions that you could test your server and their knowledge with; however, do you really want to do that? Or do you really want to go into a restaurant, be seated, and have a relaxing and refreshing meal? I certainly hope as a patron you are seeking the latter. One of the best ways to ensure that you achieve that goal is to be respectful, patient, and understanding.

Until Next Time Fellow Foodies:


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