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Things You Order To Make The Server Say "huh?"

Old Oct 22, 08, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Soames View Post
Mr. Soames, who's very "British", once asked for some extra tartare sauce for his fish, at a Red Lobster in FL. The young waitress looked at him with a blank stare; then repeated "ta-ta sauce? what's that?"

Another time, at a semi upmarket restaurant in Boston, the daily special was
Braised Lamb shank, which I love. The server asked me, how I'd like it done.
I am Canadian. When I ask for vinegar for fries in the US, I've gotten blank stares too.
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Old Oct 22, 08, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by astanley View Post
I've found some bartenders give me an odd look when I order a manhattan: "Knob Creek Manhattan, straight up, half and half, extra bitters". Half and half refers to half sweet, half dry vermouth, which is my personal taste for a manhattan.-Andrew
Andrew, half sweet and half dry vermouth, always heard that referred to as a Perfect Manhattan or when using that other brown liquor, Perfect Rob Roy.

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Old Oct 22, 08, 9:13 pm
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me: "I'll have a ceasar salad please."

waiter: "What kind of dressing would you like on that?"
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Old Oct 23, 08, 12:15 am
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Originally Posted by Oxb View Post
What gets melted?
the bread is toasted and the tuna and mayo melt nicely without cheese. Works well, also, with a cheese-free "patty melt." Yet, another circumstance when I get a weird look: "Patty melt without cheese."
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Old Oct 23, 08, 10:22 pm
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Mine doesn't seem unusual to me, but 10 years ago I was in New Hampshire ordering breakfast. I ordered raw, uncooked oatmeal with fruit and skim milk. The waitress did a double take. I had to explain several times that all I wanted was for them to open a box of oatmeal, pour some into a bowl, put some raisins on it, and pour some milk on top. No, I don't want you to cook it first. Yes, I really want it raw. The cook even came out to watch me eat my breakfast.

I learned to eat it that way when I was dieting years ago. Now I understand why horses like oats so much. I eat oatmeal this way 4-5 times a week. I can't stand cooked oatmeal anymore, it's disgusting. I'll eat instant if I have to, but I cannot eat anything cooked the "old fashioned way". It's like eating glue.
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Old Oct 24, 08, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by samftla View Post
Andrew, half sweet and half dry vermouth, always heard that referred to as a Perfect Manhattan or when using that other brown liquor, Perfect Rob Roy.

Sam
I'll try ordering it "Perfect", thanks for the tip!

I don't know where I picked it up (ordering it this way), but man, it's a good drink.

Cheers,

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Old Oct 24, 08, 12:37 pm
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At a certain 3 Michelin Rosetted restaurant in Rome, a request for a simple glass of vodka, no ice but in a chilled glass from my dining companion, got a bit of a mardy from the waiter.
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Old Oct 24, 08, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by zitsky View Post
Mine doesn't seem unusual to me, but 10 years ago I was in New Hampshire ordering breakfast. I ordered raw, uncooked oatmeal with fruit and skim milk. The waitress did a double take. I had to explain several times that all I wanted was for them to open a box of oatmeal, pour some into a bowl, put some raisins on it, and pour some milk on top. No, I don't want you to cook it first. Yes, I really want it raw. The cook even came out to watch me eat my breakfast.

I learned to eat it that way when I was dieting years ago. Now I understand why horses like oats so much. I eat oatmeal this way 4-5 times a week. I can't stand cooked oatmeal anymore, it's disgusting. I'll eat instant if I have to, but I cannot eat anything cooked the "old fashioned way". It's like eating glue.
I agree, raw oats so much better!
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Old Oct 24, 08, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by iainbhx View Post
At a certain 3 Michelin Rosetted restaurant in Rome, a request for a simple glass of vodka, no ice but in a chilled glass from my dining companion, got a bit of a mardy from the waiter.
chilled vodka without ice is hard to find, most places want to put it on the rocks or water it down in ice and pour it off into shot, no thanks!
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Old Oct 25, 08, 1:04 am
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Originally Posted by astanley View Post
Dinner was a train wreck... Hamburger Helper would have been better on so many levels.
Trainwreck - the finest casserole that my college dining hall served! A good batch of Trainwreck beats Hamburger Helper any day.


(and if you didn't spend enough time in American school dining halls, you might not know that a fine Trainwreck contains only 4 flavors - hamburger, tomato paste, elbow pasta and orange cheese. Those who add potatoes or green peppers should be ashamed of themselves. )
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Old Oct 25, 08, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by erasmus99 View Post
I am Canadian. When I ask for vinegar for fries in the US, I've gotten blank stares too.
Try out some places in northern New England or Rhode Island. Still fairly popular there.

Names change, as do tastes. So it's not that they don't have an idea what you want, they just don't call it that any more. It's like ordering a Frappe. Nobody calls them Frappes anymore. Then try ordering a black and white Frappe, and they get totally confused.

Culture has a big deal with it, too. When I worked in Boston I would frequent an Au Bon Pain where most of their help was Brazillian. They honestly did not understand teh idea of toasting bread - so when you ordered a bagel tosted it took them a while to figure out how to properly toast one - and they had no idea why you would want to do such a thing!
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Old Oct 27, 08, 2:07 pm
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My grandfather who was born and raised in the farm country of Iowa, loves to order "City Gin." By which, of course, he actually means "water." And he *loves* to confuse people with this. We went out for dinner at a place in Houston where our server clearly did not have good English, and the poor thing was incredibly confused, giving me a look of desperation and pleading to end her suffering.
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Old Oct 27, 08, 3:08 pm
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Part of humor lies in that little twist of cruelty.

There's one FTer whom I've encountered at DOs who insists on ordering
Adam's Ale, to the general confusion of the staff. We don't carry that.
Oh, yes, you do. I'm thankful that I don't recall the identity of this FTer.
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Old Oct 27, 08, 3:44 pm
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The only time I've had a waitress question what I ordered was when I ordered a veggie burger with bacon.
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Old Oct 27, 08, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by UALfromMSN View Post
The only time I've had a waitress question what I ordered was when I ordered a veggie burger with bacon.
Now, THAT is just wrong....
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