For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."
Sometimes I'm absolutely amazed at how stupid I can be in a restaurant.
I have no idea how many times I've asked a server a question that goes something like, "Is it good?" or "how's the (fill in the blank)?"
For some reason I think that the server is going to tell me the truth and steer me away from something on the menu and toward something else.
I can't imagine the reaction of an owner who hears a server tell a customer that something "isn't all that good."
I wonder if I'm alone in this or whether other people ask the question and whether they've ever gotten a truthful answer. Seems to me that would inspire serious loyalty to the place.
Agree with the recommendation question. Or you can ask what their favorite item is. I have gotten some honest answers to the "how is it" question, but you have to non-verbal cues. Example, I had a server answer "The chef is very excited about it" while her body language was saying "but no one else is."
2 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published June 20, 2013
Every sign in the world points to our governor, Scott Walker, making a serious bid for the Republican nomination for president. He is running around the country giving speeches and raising money. He says he's happy being governor but there's kind of a smirk when he says it. If there is one thing that characterizes Walker's career it is ambition.
Published June 18, 2013
If it wasn't for television I might still think that Tiger Woods is a hero. Instead, after watching yet another in a long line of protected, robotic, distant, unresponsive, unfriendly displays, I have come to the conclusion, at long last, that this guy is about the furthest thing you can get from being a hero.
Published June 13, 2013
Here our leaders were with opportunity knocking and they end up lining their own pockets with more cash and wimp out on a slim chance to move Wisconsin into a leading technology position.
Published June 11, 2013
I'm a guy who always tries to be ready for bad news. I'm not a pessimist, but I've been around long enough to know that bad things happen to good people. So lets try to prepare for the inevitable with Ryan Braun. We can't control everything but we can lay plans for how we will react.
Published June 6, 2013
My dream is that I am sitting on a stage, guitar in hand, people in the audience, and for an hour or two I semi-dazzle them with song. Nobody else on stage, just me and my guitar. I've been onstage many times in my life. Plays and a band. But all alone? Never. It has never been just me. That's my dream, and I'm going to make it happen the night before my 70th birthday - Jan. 11, 2014.
Published June 4, 2013
The failures of the last year and a half and lack of talent coming up from the minor leagues may indicate it's time for the Milwaukee Brewers to trade Ryan Braun.
Published May 30, 2013
Think of this as Dear Abby for a generation where it actually applies not just to a broken heart that wrote in for advice. I am not really an advice-giver but I've been so moved recently that I can't help offering my reaction to the last couple of months as a word of caution: take care of yourself.
Published May 28, 2013
Watching European soccer got me thinking - what if some of America's great athletes (and one very special actor) played soccer? It would be an amazing team. So amazing, I'd only need nine guys to win.
Published May 21, 2013
When a team is as bad as the Milwaukee Brewers have been, you kind of just hold your breath, waiting for somebody with authority to lose patience with the whole thing and start chopping. And, as we all know, the normal first head on the chopping block belongs to the manager.
Published May 16, 2013
For decades Milwaukee has been a whipping boy for all those state legislators who aren't from Milwaukee. We need to find a way to fight back, something that will scare the crap out of some Republican from Bonduel or Abbotsford or even Mequon. Here are Dave Begel's weapons of war...