Higher prices, reduced service, coursing, US prices compared with Europe

am I the only person on FTC who always orders everything at the same time.

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No. All at once means the camera gets to eat a lot in one shot.

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I order all at once unless I get more hungry which can happen sometimes. But knowing this at leopardo I’ll resist that urge and just order later

Most likely not the only one but it really depends why one is eating in a restaurant - for us it is having a relaxing night with great food, drinks and discussions which you rarely will have if you order everything at the same time - and most restaurants/server who claim to pace it out, fail most of the times and so we never order everything at the same time but in 3-4 batches. A dinner in a restaurant which is less than 2 hours is very unusual for us

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we do wine dinners all the time with 5-6 people. we order all at once, we sit and enjoy dinner for 3+ hours.

if all the food is front loaded it gets front loaded but regardless we eat it at the pace we want to eat it at.

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But in that case food tends to get cold and, at least in our experience, it is much more complicated to get fresh plates on a regular basis

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I guess it’s never been an issue that I’ve perceived. We do these dinners almost every week at restaurants all over the city and the food getting cold really has never been a concern. Also I generally don’t care about changing plates but most places swap em out a couple times a meal regardless.

only concern is when there’s too much food and not even space for all the wine glasses

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I think it’s quite unusual not to care whether the food’s sitting around for an hour or two before you eat it.

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If all the dishes came at once and they polished them off, then they’d be sitting around drinking wine for two hours with no food. That doesn’t sound like what Clayfu is describing as “we sit and enjoy dinner.”

I don’t do that. food arrives. we eat it. Some of nibble throughout the night. when I say we enjoy dinner I mean we enjoy everything that’s in front of us.

Who the fuck sits there staring at a plate of food thinking “oh that’s not the right coursing, I’ll wait a hour until I finish my apps first”

We’ve never once asked to course our food out and we always order at the beginning. If the kitchen courses it, great, if they don’t, doesn’t matter.

If we finish the food in the first hour or hour and a half and just sit around drinking wine, totally fine with that too (it’s happened plenty).

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If you don’t have the experience / habit / tradition of a meal coming in courses, then I guess you won’t care.or be annoyed when it’s not, but for many of us it’s a huge flaw. Depends on the cuisine, of course, but in an Italian meal, no, everything does NOT arrive at once.

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Sincerely,

Cart Dim Sum (& Buffet)

Agreed - a newer annoyance are the time limits on OpenTable/Resy etc at some restaurants for your table. I understand that restaurants want to turn over tables but one restaurant even had a 1 hour limit (which they changed apparently now - most likely too many complaints)

Then they should have also more casual prices

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No. I do.

I just merely don’t care. It doesn’t impact my experience.

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Welcome to the new reality of dining in America. Until cost of living in this country gets in control this is the price we pay for good food.

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For that the whole “system” (far beyond just restaurants) has to change which will very unlikely happen.

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which means we’re stuck with it until a revolution happens (either in the dining room or in the country) or you can make plans to leave the country for one where you dollars stretches further for good food.

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I think that summarizes it pretty accurately

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Why do I love America? Well, maybe “love” is a little strong… I mean, I think it’s a good country. Definitely. But a lot of that is 'cause I was born here, and haven’t seen many other countries. Canada and Mexico, that’s about it. I hear Sweden is really great. Man, I’d move there in a second. Just don’t have the bucks.

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