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Roadside BBQ along I-95 (NC/SC/GA)

We stopped at Ralph's on our way home from Florida this past May. We didn't get the buffet because it didn't have ribs on it. Turns out they weren't any good anyway. The pulled pork, slaw and fried fish were good, but would have been better if they were hot. The service was reprehensible right from the start when the waitress couldn't even get our drink order of two soda right.

Oct 03, 2013
kittyangel in Southeast

What did your Mom always have on hand, that you NEVER do?

I don't recall my mother ever using either of those herbs. I don't even know what summer savory is. Of course, she grew up Presbyterian and of mostly English descent so that could of made a difference in cooking habits. Or maybe it depends on what area of the country you live in.

Jul 01, 2012
kittyangel in General Topics

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

TeeHeeHee (VBG!)

Jul 06, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I, for one, agree. As our costs go up, so do theirs, so I still tip the same. If I am satisfied with the service 20%, really happy more, and very unhappy less. I personally don't know why we have this system. I think restaurants (as all businesses) should try to recruit good employees, expect a good performance from them, and pay them what they're worth.

Apr 28, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I was born, raised, and still live in South Central PA, and have never heard of green peppers referred to as mangoes, so this made me curious. I Googled it and found the following on Wikipedia - hope it's OK to copy and paste:

"In the Ohio Valley, people sometimes refer to bell peppers as mangos. This has been explained by the practice of pickling the fruit known as a mango when it was imported to the American colonies in the 1600s, before refrigeration. At some point, any fruit which was pickled was called "mango". Bell peppers were sometimes pickled, so they were also called mangos.[4]"

Apr 25, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

alanbarnes, I can't believe there aren't better laws protecting consumers from highway robbery like that...well, maybe I can. Doesn't seem like we're protected from anything any more. If I'm gonna be charge $19 dollars for a drink there darn well better be some alcohol in it!

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

twyst, that reminds me of when I first visited Myrtle Beach, SC, the bars sold all drinks using the little bottles, but I believe the last time I was there, several years ago, that law had changed.

They also wouldn't prepare burgers medium rare like I like them. Don't know if that changed or not.

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

Rella, I still call the greeter/seat-you person the host or hostess even tho in some places the wait staff or managers do it.

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

mamachef, that's just too funny!

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

Rella, never heard of calling peppers mangoes. Wonder where that comes from.

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

Fascinating.

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I thought establishments were required by law to measure each shot. (Not that they all do - but I thought it was a law.) Many places even have pour spouts screwed on the to bottle that does this automatically. Whether getting a shot, a double shot, or a mixed drink with one or more different liquors in it, I thought each was a measered shot. In my experience, if the bartender likes you, they may pour a little extra, but I've never heard of being charged for it.

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I didn't express myself clearly. I mean things like butter, creamer, rolls/bread, extra napkins, a pickel, a glass of water. I would expect to be charged for bottled water, and if it was brought unasked for, I would ask about it.

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

bagelman01, I can understand the rules being much more lax "many years ago". But in this day and age? You'd have no way of knowing if someone (perhaps with a contagious illness) had handled it, sneezed on it, dropped it on the floor, an insect crawled on it, etc.

Many years ago I worked in a resaurant for one month and it's a miracle I ever ate out again!

Apr 24, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I clicked your link but it said the page doesn't exist(?). I was born & raised in Central PA and we called carbonated drinks "soda's", but when I visited relatives in Michigan years ago, they called it "pop".

To me, "soda pop" is any carbonated beverage. If I want something specific, I check the menu or ask if they have it when ordering.

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I don't blame you about the refills! I haven't heard of paying for "refills" on soda/coffee since the 1970's (I think? ...I was pretty young then...). But paying for refills on some carbonated water & a squirt of syrup is just petty! And restaurants should be upfront about anything they charge for!!!

As for thinking "coke" generically means soda...not where I'm from . Coke is Coca Cola, Pepsi is Pepsi, Sprite is Sprite,7-Up is 7-Up, etc., etc. If I ask for a Diet Pepsi they say "is Diet Coke" okay? I'm in the habit of just saying "Diet Coke or Pepsi" to make it easy.

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

GEEEZ! Now I think I'm gonna have to get drunk before I eat out!

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

Sounds sort of like what I call "overhead". All the little extras we pay for (at least in America) to eat out.

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

Does this really happen??? Seems like it would violate all kinds of sanitation laws (at least in America). (Altho I don't doubt some restaurants "recycle" unused roll's). And don't they get stale? Yuck! (Please excuse me, I think I have to go wash my hands/puke!)

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I'm American, and I do think that if it's on the table, or if they bring it out unasked for, that it's free. Thanks for the info just in case I ever get the opportunity to travel to other countries!

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

I agree 100%. I have eaten at many restaurants up and down the U.S. East Coast and have never been charged for things like extra butter, coffee creamer or napkins. I consider these things to be included in their "overhead" - the reason it costs so much to eat out. (From reading below, I'm amazed how different things are in other countries!) If (American) restaurants are trying to cut back on costs by charging extra for such petty things they should tell you when you order!

I ate at a Carabba's tonight, and noticed tables receiving glasses of water w/ lemon so when I ordered mine I told the waitress no lemon TWICE and it still came out with a lemon wedge! Maybe I should have asked her to take .50 cents off my bill!

Apr 22, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

What is "the Coperto"?

Apr 18, 2011
kittyangel in Not About Food

What's the difference between Braunschweiger and Liverwurst?

I do what I can. :-)

Apr 15, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

I was raised to believe that God gave us animals to use for our purposes to survive - to work for us, to eat for nourishment, and to use the other parts for other purposes. We were taught in school that in the American Pioneer times they used the hides for clothing and the bones for things like needles, etc. Nothing was wasted. ("Waste not, want not"!) I'm OK with it as long as they are treated humanely and killed humanely. (I just try not to think about it too much!) My problem is with people who kill just for "trophies"!

As for gnawing on the bones - I remember doing that as a child as well. My grandparents were farmers so we always froze butchered beef in the spring and ate it at family cookouts on Sundays over the summer. The T-bones were just too good to waste anything. Of course, as an adult, I would never do that in public! Glad to hear you love your son so much!!!

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Hmmm. Actually sounds good & "kills 2 birds with one stone".

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

I don't want to be nit-picky, but growing up in the 70's the jingle still runs thru my head - "My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R, my bologna has a second name, it's M-A-Y-E-R....

PS. Thank God in Central PA we still have many butcher/meat markets!

As for the movie "Bad Santa", I'd make a comment, but better not! :-)

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Stuffing with pineapple??? Did you live in Hawaii???

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

What on Earth are lingonberries and cloudberries??? And rommegrot? I like jello, but just stir in some canned fruit and dollop Cool Whip on top.

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

I can handle a little syrup "touching" my eggs. I think I would much prefer that to ketchup which seems so common, at least here in Central PA. One thing that is yummy is when I have pancakes or french toast with sausage, I like to dip the sausage in the syrup!

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Growing up In our Central PA home we never ate cheese with apple pie. However, I have since learned that it is common (at least around here) and is supposedly very good. I've never tried it tho. I don't think I've ever seen it in a restaurant - just with vanilla ice cream.

Mar 28, 2011
kittyangel in General Topics