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Month-end blog-keeping

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 28, 2007 at 8:03 am | No Comments »
February 28, 2007 8:03 am

Does the general public really believe that the sumptuous cut of steak topped a creamy blue cheese sauce accompanied by mashed truffled Yukon Golds is going to be a gold star on their weight loss chart?

That’s one of the least-heated comments coming out a post on the health department’s initiative to help small, non-chain restaurants put nutrition information on their menus. You should read the heated comments. What do you think?

Meantime, I’m accepting spring menu recipes and pictures from chefs. Yep, Ed’s Diner readers will review your spring entrees.

Kids sure can be cute, but not everyone likes dining out with kids (or some of their parents):

Ugh, I can’t believe you subject people to your children while they’re trying to eat. Nothing kills my appetite more than a puling, food-dropping, question-asking, booger-eating urchin.

“My daughter, who is 9, has gone far beyond grilled cheese and corn dog bites…”

Oh my god, can you not hear yourself?!?!? What a horrid snob. Thank you for rasing a child who is sure to annoy waitstaff for generations to come.

Here’s another kiddie comment from the same post:

I have no problem with a child who wants to try something new, but loud children who freak out over what they are then served and make a huge ruckus and disturb other diners are very annoying. … But then, the problem’s with the parents obviously. One should be able to stick them with one’s tab for ruined dinners! Last time out with our kidlet who’s eight and a half years, a child at the next table had a meltdown. Ours turned and said quietly to me, “Well. You don’t see THAT every day.” I nearly slid under the table with laughter. Ours wants to be a chef and is particularly fascinated with restaurants that have kitchens where she can watch the action. Thought we were going to have to leave her at Anthony’s – she was so enamored of the flame grilling. (Either that, or she’s a budding arsonist…)

As for February’s blockbuster, a taxing tale about a waitress who claims a hot Tacoma restaurant allocated her more taxable tips (and thus a higher tax tab) than her records show …. it’s too juicy to distill. Read for yourselves.

Finally, there looks to be a new twisit in not-so-best habit of reviewers asking for free food. A downtown Tacoma restaurant owner writes:

We had a free-lance writer and his wife from Seattle’s Best Places (Sasquatch publishing) stop in a couple of weeks ago for dinner and they did announce their presence, but paid for their meals personally.

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