Is it just me?

I have bad luck with restaurants.  Stop me if I’ve rambled about this before.  I have hair in my food rather regularly.  My steaks are rarely cooked correctly of late, and I’ve had half-cooked shrimp in an entree at least once that I can recall.

However, I hate to send stuff back.  The hair issue is different; I’ll flag someone down in a heartbeat.  No, I don’t want another plate; I’ve lost my appetite, thanks much.  Sure, I realize that stuff happens, and at least once, I’ve wondered if it was my own hair (or a stray dog hair from my clothes), but it does kinda’ make me lose interest in the meal.

Now, a steak that isn’t cooked correctly is where I get meek.  I’m not sure why, but the Knight has decided enough is enough, especially at the price of food these days.  Last night, he sent my overcooked steak back.  I always wonder what happens when food is sent back.  Does the disgruntled cook spit on the replacement?  They did dump it atop some garlic sauce that wasn’t there in the first place and I would rather not have had at all.  I wasn’t about to send it back again, so I ate it and told the Knight I’d not care to go back again.

Now folks, I know we eat out more than the average bear, so the odds of having problems should increase, but what really galls me is the response.  Two weeks ago, the waitress and the manager had cows AND deducted my entire meal when I found a hair UNDER one of the last bites on my plate.  They were beside themselves, but frankly, I found their responses appropriate.  It’s the ones who just go, “Oh gosh, sorry!  Let me get you another one,” who leave me shaking my head.

I wish I had photos for you from the weekend, but we are getting VERY close to a decision on a friend for Sissy.  Stay tuned…

17 comments on “Is it just me?

  1. Nancy says:

    wow, did I miss a lot on your blog being away the weekend! a new doggie to be? Can’t wait to hear what she’ll be.
    I think your new yarn shop sounded lovely. And I am glad you have a friend like Bec.
    Rhinebeck was great btw…can’t wait for Stitches!

  2. Nancy says:

    oh yes..I meant to comment, I am so with you on the topic of sending food back. Being in the business I’m horrified when something happens and the mgt. doesn’t seem to think it’s a big deal. OF COURSE they should take it off the check AND offer you a replacement course at no charge. No one wants to take responsibility for anything anymore.

  3. gaylen says:

    No it’s not just you. I am amazed at the lack of an appropriate response. Once Jay was served a raw hamberger – I mean cold and pink – we sat there for at least 8 minutes waiting for any member of the waitstaff to walk by so we could tell someone. Then they threw a fit about having to deduct a meal he couldn’t eat. Amazing! g

  4. AlisonH says:

    I’m partial to Golden Retrievers, myself, but then when I was a kid I used to knock on the next-door neighbors’ door to ask if I could walk their dog, a Golden. Clyde was a show dog, absolutely gorgeous, and he knew it, too. Tail held high and on top of the world.

  5. Sue says:

    With eleven dogs in the house, I think I’m immune to hair showing up where it isn’t supposed to be, but I do want my food cooked. No pink chilly chicken for me.

  6. CathyT says:

    No. It is not just you.

  7. Dianne says:

    Ewwww, ewwww, ewwww! The thought of hair in my food gives me the heeby-jeebies. Unless it’s dog hair, of course. In that case, I look at it as a little extra fiber! 😉

    I’m with you on sending stuff back, too. I just won’t do it, under any circumstances. I’m just so afraid of what they would do to the replacement.

  8. Miss Me says:

    if i ever have the chance to meet and dine with you, you should consider yourself warned. if it isn’t right – i’m sending it back! i’m paying good money to dine out. i expect to get decent food in return. expectations may vary depending on the calibre of the restaurant, but i expect something edible. in case it ends up being a true doggy bag, sissy would expect nothing less, would she?!

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    Ick. Hair makes me lose my appetite, too. The hubby will send things back in a heartbeat, whereas I’m more like you.

  10. Dianne says:

    It’s me again– I just nominated you for an award on my blog – check it out!

  11. Nichole says:

    I agree with M – send it back….. esp for the prices we pay these days! ugh.

  12. Anita says:

    I would love to send stuff back, but I’m like you… no telling what they do to the replacement! I’ve seen the horror stories on TV about that!
    I will ask them to take it back & take it off the check though. 🙂

  13. Robin in VA says:

    No, it’s not just you…I’m right there with ya! This includes my experience purchasing seafood in a local grocery store today and getting $h!tty service! With the price of food today they should….well, I could fill in so many cliches here.

  14. MrPuffy says:

    We rarely eat out and I have never found a hair in my food – that would seriously be a turn off. They ought to pay you for the emotional stress that must have caused and the loss of your appetite!

    Can’t wait to see the little bundle of joy you choose!

  15. anniebananie says:

    A friend – for sissy! Ohh, this is exciting!!!!

    As for the food. You are not only paying for a service, you are paying for the food itself. You have every right to send it back 10 times until they get it right. You should have sent it back, and got the manager involved. Let me know where that place is – because I will not give them my business.

  16. Coffee Swap Spoiler says:

    Nope, it’s not just you. Looking forward to spoiling you 🙂

  17. Darcy says:

    I like my meat very cooked and hair in food makes me wonder if they are wearing their hair nets while they prepare your meal:)~ so gross

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