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Monday, October 29, 2012

Culinary Pet Peeves: 5 Things We Hate About Local Restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Eating at a restaurant should ideally be a pleasure and a leisure pursuit, but little needling things sometimes get in the way, whether a service, management, or menu quirk. And if our huge palette of local restaurants have anything in common, it's quirkiness.

What are your pet peeves about local restaurants? We look forward to reading about them in the comments. Ours may seem insignificant, but they can really drive someone crazy after more than a few repetitions.

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Behold the top five quirks that irk us about restaurants in San Francisco:

1. Introduction overload: "Welcome to [insert SF restaurant here]," says your server. "Have you been here before?" If you say no, the spiel you're given usually isn't particularly enlightening, and if you say yes, you feel kind of like a jerque because you're depriving them of the spiel. This is an awkward exchange with which to begin any meal.

2. Hand to hand combat: Servers introduce themselves by name and stick out their hand to shake. We're not the biggest germaphobes on the planet but, well, we're not the smallest germaphobes on the planet.

3. Locavore O.D.: We all want to know what's in our food, but over-labeling menus with every single purveyor isn't totally necessary. We've even seen Hetch-Hetchy water shouted out on a menu, for heaven's sake.

4. Meatopia: It's hard to believe that, BBQ-excepting, there are still so many menus that short-change vegetarian eaters and give them no options or a really b.s. one. With so much produce at a chef's fingertips here, this makes no sense at all.

5. Surcharging it up: The Healthy SF surcharge on a bill communicates one thing: You're too cheap to get your employees real live health insurance, and you're also too cheap to get your employees real live health insurance that only covers them in the city. Either way, it's shameful.

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