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Old 03-16-09, 01:03 PM   #1
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Are resteraunts getting worse.

I don't know if this is just my judgement, but is the quality of food when dining out just getting worse.

It does not matter the level of price , all the places I have ate at recently have really been worse than I ever remembered. I have sent back three of my last eight meals out.

Before this currant stretch I never sent back a meal.
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I hardly eat out, less than once a month, so I can't tell.
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I haven't noticed any declines in quality myself.

I also never send food back to the kitchen. If I don't like something, I just don't eat it and I never go back to the restaurant. I know some people who used to work in restaurant kitchens, and it's fairly common that when a customer returns something to the kitchen, they'll get their food back spiced with something that came fresh from the cook's body.
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I haven't noticed any declines in quality myself.

I also never send food back to the kitchen. If I don't like something, I just don't eat it and I never go back to the restaurant. I know some people who used to work in restaurant kitchens, and it's fairly common that when a customer returns something to the kitchen, they'll get their food back spiced with something that came fresh from the cook's body.
I spent a lot of time working in restaurants in my younger years....if food came back it wasn't a big deal. The stuff you are talking about is more urban legend than truth.
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I spent a lot of time working in restaurants in my younger years....if food came back it wasn't a big deal. The stuff you are talking about is more urban legend than truth.
It may not be common, but I knew enough people who actually did this kind of thing to make me think that it's not nearly as uncommon as most restaurant patrons would like to believe.

But hey, I'm not telling you or anyone else what they should do. I'm only telling you what I do.
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It may not be common, but I knew enough people who actually did this kind of thing to make me think that it's not nearly as uncommon as most restaurant patrons would like to believe.

But hey, I'm not telling you or anyone else what they should do. I'm only telling you what I do.
Oh when I said send it back, I should have said refused to pay for.
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I'd say a resounding YES.
it seems to me that restaurants are all cookie cutter clones. I can get the same exact
mediocre meal at Olive Garden, or Red Lobster or any other clone chain in Texas or Florida, or Butte Montana. I'd kill for a good mom n' pop style place around here. These chain restaurants take no pride
in their food, the servers don't give a rats ass (unless you ordered that) about either the
food, or the customers as long as they get their tips.
Damn, I sure miss my neighborhood pizza place back in N.Y. Pizza hut or Dominoes just don't cut it.

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I'd say a resounding YES.
it seems to me that restaurants are all cookie cutter clones.
I suppose this depends on where you live, but my experience is that there's decent food just about everywhere if you're willing to look for it.

The whole reason people go to chains is so the food is exactly the same every time. Anyone wishing a different experience would be advised to avoid chains. It's not hard.
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I prefer my own cooking. Restaraunts usually load up the food with too much salt and or fat.
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I prefer my own cooking. Restaraunts usually load up the food with too much salt and or fat.
i wonder if your taste buds have changed. i only started noticing everything in restaurants tasted too salty when i cut salt out of my own cooking.
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I suppose this depends on where you live, but my experience is that there's decent food just about everywhere if you're willing to look for it.

The whole reason people go to chains is so the food is exactly the same every time. Anyone wishing a different experience would be advised to avoid chains. It's not hard.
Yes, exactly. Chains are perfect for the people who go and love to order the same thing every time...never ever trying something new. Ugh! I almost 'have' to order something different every time I go to a restaurant.
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not around here. you're dead in the water if you serve unspectacular food (for the most part... there are still plenty of places offering nasty foodstuff).

a lot of places are now serving fresh, locally grown food - and it tastes so much better!
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i wonder if your taste buds have changed. i only started noticing everything in restaurants tasted too salty when i cut salt out of my own cooking.
Absolutely. I hardly ever eat out and when I do I am simply overwhelmed by how salty and sugary and fatty the food is. I am not even all that healthy in how I eat at home, but I do mostly eat from scratch. I suspect that if we watched just how much salt and fat and (often) sugar they put in our food we would blanch. (ha! cooking joke!) I do not put a whole lot of thought into how my boys and I eat, but I do tend to avoid eating out -especially at chain restaurants- for a number of reasons. But, high on that list is that I do not want my kids to acclimate to a lopsidedly unhealthy diet. I eat plenty of bad things, but I am more worried about developing a habit of them.

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I'd say a resounding YES.
it seems to me that restaurants are all cookie cutter clones. I can get the same exact
mediocre meal at Olive Garden, or Red Lobster or any other clone chain in Texas or Florida, or Butte Montana. I'd kill for a good mom n' pop style place around here. These chain restaurants take no pride
in their food, the servers don't give a rats ass (unless you ordered that) about either the
food, or the customers as long as they get their tips.
Damn, I sure miss my neighborhood pizza place back in N.Y. Pizza hut or Dominoes just don't cut it.

Marty (feeling very grouchy right now).
Really? It's not that hard to find a mom and pop place in my area. Just don't expect it to be very flashy compared to the likes of Olive Garden. One of my favorites around here is a tiny little Thai place that offers their plates "mild, medium, or hot." I think most white people would consider the mild a little spicy for their taste. Medium is the most I've ever been brave enough to try.

The best place back home is a Mexican restaurant that started out as a mom and pop (mom and pop were legal immigrants, I'm not sure all the original workers were). They've since expanded to about half a dozen locations. Great food, huge servings, plenty of stuff to try.

I generally don't go to American-style restaurants very often, because I'm comfortable making that kind of stuff at home.

Olive Garden and Red Lobster, by the way, are run by the same company. Both are very corporate.
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I don't know if the Restaurants are getting worse, but.......

The waiters and waitresses having started doing something to which I take offense.

When I pay with cash, they pick up the money and ask "Did you want your change?". My translation of this is "You are giving me a Tip, aren't you?".

IMO, the way w/w's should do this is to simply say "I'll be right back with your change." Then, if I want them to have the change as a tip, I can say "Just keep it, thanks." This leaves me in control of whether or not a tip, if earned, is given.

For the record, I am typically a 20 - 25 per cent tipper. Except when asked "Did you want your change?" Then, it's less.

Tipping is not mandatory! Ever!
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I very rarely eat in a "sit-down" type place...maybe once or twice a year. But I've noticed that with most establishments (sit-down or otherwise) lately it seems like the food is not that great, plus they almost always get the order wrong. Just about all the places here are chain restaurants, and yes, I'm one of those people who get the same thing every single time. That's why I believe the food is getting worse. I've witnessed the decline in the same dish over the years. That's one reason I rarely go out to eat anymore (the other being I don't have anyone to go with!)
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I don't know if this is just my judgement, but is the quality of food when dining out just getting worse.

It does not matter the level of price , all the places I have ate at recently have really been worse than I ever remembered. I have sent back three of my last eight meals out.

Before this currant stretch I never sent back a meal.
I haven't noticed this. My salad at Panera tasted as good as it always does!
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The food isn't worse, but it is getting far too expensive. There are many places around here serving $9+ hamburgers.
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I'd say a resounding YES.
it seems to me that restaurants are all cookie cutter clones. I can get the same exact
mediocre meal at Olive Garden, or Red Lobster or any other clone chain in Texas or Florida, or Butte Montana. I'd kill for a good mom n' pop style place around here. These chain restaurants take no pride
in their food, the servers don't give a rats ass (unless you ordered that) about either the
food, or the customers as long as they get their tips.
Damn, I sure miss my neighborhood pizza place back in N.Y. Pizza hut or Dominoes just don't cut it.

Marty (feeling very grouchy right now).

It's not "just you"....Olive Garden and Red Lobster are owned by the same company, as well as a few others tossed in there as well. So, you probably ARE getting the exact same meal. Fortunately, we do have a few "mom-n-pop" places here, but still, I don't eat out very often. And I agree...there just is nothing anywhere on the planet like pizza from N.Y.....that's probably the only thing I actually miss!!
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The food isn't worse, but it is getting far too expensive. There are many places around here serving $9+ hamburgers.
That's when you take a visit to your local barrio.

Meals enough to feed a person for three days for about $4.
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