So I’m posting this here as a “vent” and since this is a NJ thread most of you will know the places I’m talking about. My prime rib dinner was the result of a few restaurant “fails” I experienced over the weekend, which I shall share here in my “vent”.
Sat. night anniversary dinner was at Blue Grotto a place I’m fond of and I waited all day to order their steak. Well they changed their menu and instead of the nice strip they had, the changed it to a 14oz. strip on the bone, regardless of the waitress hard sell on how much better a bone in steak is, any steak eater knows 14 oz on the bone is doing to do yield 9-10 oz of meat IF you’re lucky. I passed. (disappointed)
Sunday I went to The Pour House, they had prime rib on special $ 19.99 Queen Cut. I ask the bartender, are the prime rib’s pre-portioned or sliced to order. I’m given a hand / visual response which leads me to believe it’s a whole piece of meat that is cut to order, excellent!!! I then ask: “Can I get a king or double cut, I will pay whatever up-charge for it.” the bartender leaves to ask then returns to say: " All we can do is give you two orders and you will have to pay for both". I asked again, are you sure they are cut to “order” and she acknowledged yes they are and the double order would throw of the yield / number of servings per roast so they have to charge full price for both.
Here is what really pisses me off!!! If you are giving me a true double order, since you are charging me double the price, then it doesn’t throw the yield off at all. It’s NO different than two people ordering the same meal. (sorry that excuse doesn’t fly) NOR does charging me full price when I requested 1 double cut. If the price is $19.99 and you can give me a true double cut -OR- if I do order two cuts, then the second should be offered at roughly $15/$14.99. Why? Well included in the price of any meal is the of incidentals, I’m not asking for nor do I want two salads (comes with the special) 4 sides (2 comes with the special) I’m not drinking extra water, asking for two bread baskets or ruining multiple sets of linen.
Either the bartender didn’t really feel like asking because they thought the answer was too logical, double order = double price, or the manager was educated at the actual CIA and was wondering how he graduated with a permit to carry a gun but never learned how to make a proper omelette. (I’ve actually wondered how many college transcripts, applications etc. are sent to Langley each year because kids are too stupid to realize they googled the wrong CIA address…seriously think about it you know it must happen a few dozen times a year. lol)
So needless to say that pissed me off and I wouldn’t order the prime rib so I got the crappy steak instead.
VENT OVER!! Thank you.