Foodie Q


PCGuyIV has a Truthful Tuesday Q for us today:

When it comes to dining out, does superb quality of food make up for subpar service, or does stellar service make up for lackluster food?

Nothing makes up for subpar service, in my opinion. For example, one of my Meetup groups keeps ending up at restaurants that can’t seem to handle a large party. Either they forget entrees entirely, or they bring the wrong thing, or they’re simply inattentive. It’s really annoying and makes me not want to go anymore. The actual food, if it ever shows up, is pretty tasty, but still, it’s a buzzkill. I don’t “punish” the server by leaving a bad tip, or no tip, since I suspect the fault is with management. But even so, I am inclined not to return, despite the nice conversation. I guess I’m just not that lonely.

Stellar service doesn’t make up for bad food, but I’ll make a confession: I am not a foodie. Ordinary food is fine with me, as long as it’s prepared properly and served in a reasonable amount of time. I am not a gourmet and prefer pizza or a sandwich to anything fancy or complicated. It goes without saying that if a server forgets the utensils or napkins or a beverage, I’m gonna get super irritated. And before anyone starts about Covid bla bla or minimum wage… that’s not my problem. If they can’t manage to bring me a freaking house salad (what I ordered last week at this stupid place in Huntington Beach), then forget it. I am not going to spend more money there.

Look at that pizza! It’s making me hungry. I find pizza places don’t screw up much, but sadly a lot of people don’t eat it for one reason or another. Oh well.

This coulda been a Monday Peeve… but that’s OK. Now I have an idea for next week’s.


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16 responses to “Foodie Q

  1. I’ve always thought that any restaurant that serves food that is prepared correctly and has good service is going to succeed. The number of places that can’t seem to manage that really surprises me. I agree in almost all cases bad service is the result of bad management.
    (I do think the custom of leaving tips should go away–pay servers a living wage and expect them to provide good service, charge customers accordingly. I don’t like the idea that getting good service is a crap shoot, or that I must somehow negotiate for it.)

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  2. I can see how this easily could be a peeve.

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  3. Congratulations on keeping your Governor.

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  4. Eh, I have to disagree here. I’m not a foodie either, but I think that subpar service is more forgivable than subpar food. Also, there’s a limit to how good service can be in order to make for lousy food. Like I went to this cafe for a take-out breakfast order. The waitstaff was exceptionally nice. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer waitstaff, but like, my eggs were totally undercooked. Like I love a runny yolk as much as the next person, but this was borderline raw. At the end of the day, I’m there to eat the food.

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  5. That pizza actually looks tasty. All the pizza places around here are ‘cookie cutter’ and the food is meh at best.

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  6. I’m not a foodie either! I love well prepared simple dishes though!

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  7. Ordinary food and good service is fine with me but bad service and excellent food is not ok. The food suffers by being served by poor servers.

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  8. I guess pizza places don’t screw up much because you don’t actually need a lot of utensils to eat pizza? 🤔
    And oh, I can take subpar service easily, I just want the food to be nice 🤩

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