Friday, February 15, 2008

Not Feelin' the Love

Observation: People are grumpy on Valentine's Day. Like, real grumpy.

We had a reservation at Bonefish last night. We were late because it took me almost ONE HOUR to get home from work. Evidently the blue-hair crowd went to dinner early. Anyway, we called, they said it was fine. But when we got there, it was total chaos. One of the hostesses curtly told Sean that she had to give our table away. Only problem? I had just listened to her grumbling to the other hostess that they were 40 minutes behind and were just seating some 6 p.m. reservations at 7. We waited for a little bit, so I had some time to people watch.

In the first-come, first-serve booths, I saw a lady eating lobster tail. A waitress walked up with a little dish and said, "Here's some drawn butter for you, ma'am." The woman would not even look up at her. I'm not kidding. She said, "Food's almost gone now," while looking at her plate. She just totally refused to be gracious.

The kicker was a group of couples who were upset that they weren't being seated right at their reservation time. All eighteen of them. Now, I ask you. 1) Why would you attempt a Valentine's Day dinner for 18 people? Don't you think that's a tad ambitious? Hmmm? 2) Why would a restaurant accept a reservation that big? Seems dumb to me.

About 20 people came up to check their status. One lady was upset that she wasn't being seated because her reservation had been 25 minutes ago. To which the snotty hostess replied, "Ma'am people are lingering and having a good time. I can't just kick them out."

People. It was a day all about love. Getcha some.

P.S. We were seated by the other hostess, who was super polite and brought us a complimentary order of Coconut Shrimp. Our waiter was great and the food was delish. No complaints here!


Leah said...

That's why we went out for Valentine's Day on Monday night. That, and their Monday special is Lobster Shepherd's Pie.

Bowlby said...

I'm quite disappointed that we don't have a before-and-after shot of your meals.

stephinbham said...

Well, you're not, I'm 99% sure you're being sarcastic. But, just so you know, I tried. It was too dark :)

Bo Knows said...

I love the new blog format!

Summah said...

Grrr...I worked in a restaurant for five and half years, and experienced many a valentine's day. It's a nightmare for anyone in the food service industry. People are so hateful. We, however, never took reservations.