When did waiters start asking, “How is everything tasting?”
They used to ask a general, “How is everything?”
You could reply to this question in lots of different ways:
- “This fork is dirty.” or
- “The vichyssoise is just like Mama used to make.” or
- “Stifle that screaming 2-year-old in the corner before I choke him.”
Now they don’t want to know about everything – just the taste. Are we supposed to focus on the yumminess and, if it tastes ok, stop complaining?
I find this annoying. I don’t know why, except that it is so obviously scripted. A market research firm determined that asking the dining customer how the food tastes will elicit some desired response. Now, all the waiters at chain restaurants are trained to ask this. I don’t like feeling manipulated.
Another thing, why do waiters say, “How are we doing?”
I never know how to answer this:
- “I’m not sure how YOU are doing, but WE are fine.” or
- “Is that the royal we?”
I don’t mean to sound elitist, but there is no “we” here. This is a clear-cut case of “us” the patrons, and “him” the waiter. And the queen is the only person who gets to refer to herself in the plural.
Anyway, we took the kids to Red Lobster the other night for dinner. Everyone was doing fine and the food tasted great.