10 Most Annoying Things About Dining Out

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7. Restaurants not posting opening hours on the web site
That this happens--and frequently--is so damn absurd. Restaurants presumably create a web site to encourage people to visit. They make the effort to paste photos and upload the menu, so potential guests will get an idea of what's in store. Then they forget to tell you whether they open for lunch, what time the kitchen closes in the evening, whether you can visit on a Sunday...This is vital information.

6. Restaurants not keeping stated hours
Ran into this minor annoyance just last week. A glance online confirmed that a particular restaurant was open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The same information was painted on their front door. One tug on the handle, however...Despite electronic and physical assurances, the place was locked up at 4:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. And they'd placed a barely visible sign behind the door that read "Open at 5 p.m." Changing your hours is fine. Just update the information.

5. By the glass wines at cocktail prices
In some instances, restaurants offer some rare and pricey vintage by the glass. We're not talking about those moments. Our concern here is with venues that put $10 or $12 tags on per glass pours from a $7 bottle. It's fine to make a profit (and $5-$7 a glass would generate one from a $7 bottle), not take advantage of customers.

4. Staff not bussing silverware between courses
Yes, most people use the same knife and fork throughout dinner when eating at home. When you dine out, however, you expect--or should expect--a different level of service. Far too often, however, wait staff leave used silverware on the table as they hustle off to bring out the next course. Knives streaked in butter, forks crusted with bits of cheese and spinach from the quesadilla--very appetizing.

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Dave Faries
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