Going To Eat in a Restaurant For Thanksgiving? Read This.
Be on time for your reservation. If a restaurant is going to go to the trouble of holding a table for you, the least you can do is be on time for it.
Your server is working hard. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days in a restaurant, right up there with Valentine’s Day. Except on Thanksgiving, we’re serving large parties of bickering families instead of two-tops who are deeply in love. It’s not easy.
Your server is not spending Thanksgiving with their family. In a lot of restaurants, working on Thanksgiving day is required, so sometimes we have to strap on an apron whether we want to or not. But hey, if we can’t be with our families on Thanksgiving we can at least make some great money. We hope.
There’s a menu. Use it. Look, the chef, or whoever, already decided on the menu for Thanksgiving. It’s a done deal. We don’t care that Little Tommy Jr. will only eat a grilled cheese sandwich with the crusts cut off. If you don’t see grilled cheese on the menu, don’t fucking ask for one. Besides, maybe it’s time for Little Tommy Jr. to learn how to eat like an adult.
The food is gonna take a while. It’s crowded in a restaurant on Thanksgiving day because every table in the restaurant is seated. And there are about a million other people waiting for those tables so the kitchen might be a little backed up. Have another glass of wine and fucking deal with it.
The tip isn’t just for your server. In practically any restaurant, part of the tip you leave for your server goes to someone else too. It might be the guy who ran the food and cleared the table or maybe some of it goes to the hostess and some of it definitely goes to the bartender. So remember this: if you stiff your server you’re stiffing a lot of people.
When you’re finished eating, get out. As I mentioned earlier, there are literally a million people waiting for you to leave so they can sit at that table and get their turn to stuff their guts. I’m not saying that as soon as you swallow the last bite of pumpkin pie that you need to leave, but within ten minutes or so, you should be re-buckling your belt and heading out.
Say thank you. Say it to every single person you encounter while dining out on Thanksgiving Day. Most of us who work in restaurants are happy to be at work and want to do a great job of serving you. But it makes it 100% better when we know our customers appreciate what we’re doing. So say thank you. After all, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right?