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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When Do You Want the Check? Take Our Poll

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 9:40 AM

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One of our favorite courtesies performed by Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer is that he listens to entitled suburbanites whine about service.

This morning featured a great installment in this ongoing series: A reader writes Bauer to complain that a Flour + Water server had the temerity to deliver a check while her husband was eating dessert. Oh, the humanity! The server apparently rubbed salt into the wound by asking, "Did you enjoy yourselves?"

Bauer does due diligence by calling Flour + Water partner David White and asking for an explanation of this gaffe. While reading the rest of the post and the comments, we couldn't help thinking of the mass of people milling outside the restaurant, which usually doesn't have tables available for reservations before 10 p.m., staring in at some suburban couple smiling at each other over empty dessert plates.

Our audience is different from the Chronicle's, so we got to wondering about today's issue: Do you care when the check arrives? The poll closes tomorrow: Vote and talk about it below in the comments.

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