I’ve written plenty about restaurant service.
A dozen years ago, when I was still writing restaurant criticism — and fielding frantic calls from restaurateurs crying “Good help is hard to find!” — I penned this very personal column. In 2004, I discussed what happens when service goes south. Readers responded in droves (read some of what they had to say). In 2005 I offered the Ten Commandments of Restaurant Behavior: common courtesies that should help make dining out a more civilized endeavor for restaurant patrons and the folks who serve them (they stand, today). When a reader wrote in praise of a particular waiter in 2007, complaining about shared-tipping practices. I jumped into the tipping pool to help explain where tip-dollars end up and heard back from some very vocal folks on both sides of the tipping-for-service fence. Today, in my cover story for Weekend Plus, I gave a shout-out to a handful of the many restaurant folks who always make my day. Among them? The two guys above. I invite you to join in, sharing the names — and locations — of your favorite “service providers.”