Dining Dilemma: To Return or Not?Posted: December 27, 2011
Hope everyone had a beautiful holiday weekend!
Last night, my family and I headed to Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ for our belated family Christmas dinner. How was it? See for yourself below…
Le sigh, everything from the delicious fluffy warm biscuits with apple butter, the gooey heavenly mac and cheese, to the melt in your mouth beef brisket was perfection. BUT when it came to that beef tri tip, it was terrible. It was so dry and tough that it was impossible to chew gracefully (ie. like a classy lady :). It felt like eating a really bad stale piece of jerky…it was that disgusting.
Do you guys ever send food back?
I’m such a food lover, and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’ve NEVER sent anything back to the kitchen before.
Later that night, my boyfriend called and I asked him if he’s ever returned food and he brought up a very valid point. He has a criteria. If it’s dinner at a posh place, then yes. Perfection is a necessity. But if it’s a hole-in-the-wall type of joint, then you just go along with your meal. I agree on both points.
Furthermore, if I were to ever return something I would make sure to ask for something different. I hope they don’t practice this, but I wouldn’t want to have to send it back to only get the same dish 5 minutes later.
In my situation, since Lucille’s is in the moderate price range (my meal was around $25) what do you think I should have done??? What would you do? Since I was with my family, I would feel comfortable returning it. Same case if I was with my boyfriend. But under social circumstances, that’s the dilemma…
So my question to you is…
What’s proper dining etiquette when it comes to unsatisfactory food and if one should have it sent back or not? Also what would you do if you find something unsightly in your meal (ex. hair, we’ve all had it happened at least once in our lifetime lol)? Or are you super sassy and have no problems pulling a Gordon Ramsay? :)
ps. Check out my previous rave about Lucille’s here!
pps. This was a different Lucille’s that I went to with my family than the one mentioned above :)