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On the road

road trips are still alive and well but usually via interstate.

I still have some favorite stops, especially between illinois and minnesota, but in terms of taking backroads and roads not taken, dont know anyone who does, unless you are going to the outer banks, where there really are no well developed roads

Jul 20, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

"Date night" offers--need suggestions

sanctuary has a 30/person for restaurant week this week. a bit over your budget but well worth it

also, you could make a 3 course tasting meal each at Victory 44 for that price range as well

Jul 20, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

2nd restaurant was in a different city. I didnt know when their restaurant week was.

Jul 19, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

my issue is not with them running a restaurant week menu. If they want to lose $$ for a week to try to drum up new business, more power to them.

my issue is that they dont inform patrons who make reservations about it. For me, that is the antithesis of good customer service.

Imagine that you made a reservation at Mortons or another famous steakhouse. But when you sat down, you were told that they were not serving steak that night.

Jul 19, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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1st time in Paris!!

my biggest piece of advice to look beyond typical french food. I visit Paris 6 to 8 times a year for work and rarely eat a "French" meal

The 11e is filed with a ton of outstanding Thai places and great thai and indian places with tons of great fresh cuisince in the 13e.

My must stop place on every trip is Lao Lane Xang in the Ave d'ivory in the 13e.

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in France

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

Sorry folks but i need to vent on my new #1 pet peeve-- restaurant week menus.

Wifey and I went out for a date night to one of our favorite restaurants. Turns out it was restaurant week (no problem), however the resturant would ONLY be serving its restaurant week menu. We didnt see anything we liked there since we go for the robota (which was not on the restaurant week menu).

Then we went to another restaurant a few days later and the same thing happened again.

Now I am not against restaurant week per say (i try to avoid it, but hey to each his own). What I have an issue with is restaurants not offering their full menu and not informing guest when they make a reservation.

Am I out of line here? For situations like mine, all the restuarant is doing is upsetting a loyal customer and leaving a table open during prime time.

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

When should a restaurant NOT comp a meal?

The only time I can ever remember getting a significant comp is when the order was so screwed up that they entire table didnt eat together. (e.g. 2 of the 4 entrees were just wrong)

I have on many occasions had a drink comped for very slow service and a specific dish comped for a specific problem (usually a hair or other nonedible thing in the dish)

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

What do you think about restaurants charging for bread and butter at dinner?

I have no issue charging for bread as long as it is disclosed on the menu

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

I would never drink at lunch simply because of the perception.

I would never want someone to see me drinking during the workday or with alcohol on my breath. Even if I am always drinking responsibly, someone could see you and think otherwise

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Bill is not itemized

I would inform them if they would like to be paid, they need to provide an itemized bill. Otherwise, I will assume my meal is free.

That should solve the problem rather quickly.

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I still ate lunch and we had good food brought out to is. Definitely not Inhumane.

In fact at almost every company I've worked for in the past 20 years free lunch was part of comp.

Jul 16, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I never left my office for lunch once from 1995-2006. Different industries have different practices.

Jul 15, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

Phil,

I completely agree. And actually i can delegate quickly with a smart phone.

I work in a job where a typical work week has always been 60-70 hours. In the past, these have always been in the office. However, now I can leave work for a lunch or early dinner with my family and not worry about missing an urgent issue. Being able to check in quickly allow me more time to spend with family and friends

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

St. Paul's Grand Ave.

Brasa is great, but the dinkytown location is dramaticly better

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tipping in Europe

You will also see some european restaurants (especially in tourist destinations) try to take advantge of this. In france a few weeks ago, we received a bill in a cafe with a "suggested tip" on it.

When i went back with a few french colleagues, we received an entirely different bill with no such message

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

then maybe i've been behind the times. Being reachable (mostly through text or email) really became important in the mid 2000s.

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I agree that irresponsible of cell phone use has gotten out of hand. However, I still think net-net this is a positive for restaurants.

I eat out now much more than I did 8-10 years ago BECAUSE i have a smart phone. It allows be to stay connected more so I wouldn't feel guilty about eating out during the hours of 7AM - 9PM. Otherwise, I would likely just get takeout and eat at home or in the office where people knew they could reach me.

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

generally gross margin is tied to the percentage of sales coming from alcohol.

Even for the high-end tasting menus, the wine pairing are generating the lions share of gross margin

Jul 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

my take

for informal dinner parties among friends,

it is rude for a guest not to help to help,
however, it is even ruder for the host to accept the help.

Jul 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Eating hamburgers and frites with your mitts or utensils; a cultural difference?

interesting side note...

at a work dinner once, the reaction a french cowoker when presented with a wedge salad was priceless. jaw dropped and mouth open for at least 3 minutes

Jun 09, 2014
DukeFan in France

Minneapolis Marriott City Center, not to miss places walking distance from here?

if you are going south on nicollete, i would recommend Peninsula, a few block north of Quang. Incredibly fresh and flavorable, some of the best malayasian food i have ever had

Jun 07, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Is alcohol almost always a part of your meals/get togethers?

I dont drink and I dont provide alcohol. However at most events i host, some people usually bring some alcohol and we will serve that

Jun 07, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Bawarchi--Authentic new Indian in Plymouth

also for calibration, how does it compare to biryani in edina?

May 31, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

craving a good burger in NE Mpls (Syrdyk's area)

Go to the Anchor, discussion over.. In my mind, one of the top 3 burgers in the area. (V44 and Vincent are the others)

May 31, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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When you are hosting a dinner party, do you ask guests whether they have dietary restrictions, or preview the menu for them?

I always ask about any preferences or allergies and am honest about to what degree I can accomodate them.

I believe the role of a host is to ensure the happiness of guests and part of that is ensuring they can enjoy the food. in 99% of cases, some dishes can be added/modified with very little additional work. This is also why I tend to serve food buffet-style as well, it allows people to choose what they want to eat without having to worry about leaving a plate full of food they choose not to eat.

I personally believe hosts who refuse to adapt anything to their guests are most focused on the vanity of how they will be perceived that the satisfaction of their guests.

For those that refuse to make any changes, let me ask you something. would you be offended if some people come to your event and eat little to nothing.

May 30, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Discount for well-behaved kids on restaurant bill

I like paying for grades. I think it teaches an important life lesson -- that results matter.

With all of this touchy feely everyone gets a trophy parenting going on, I like having tangible reward for kids. I really believe it helps prepare them for the real world. I work in sales, if i don't have a good year, then my bonus goes down significantly. Kids need to learn this as early as possible

May 15, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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Restaurant Pet Peeves

my biggest pet peeve which hasn't been mentioned yet.

- Servers who don't know the menu, specifically what is included in a dish. And then if you ask them about a specific allergy item, they ask like you have asked them to reveal the codes for nuclear fusion.

Apr 24, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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Infographic: How to Tip Waiter, Barternder, Barista and Deliveryman and Not Be Mean

so apparently I overtip cab drivers and takeout orders and undertip baristas

Apr 10, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

70th Birthday party

+1 for Jax... great for private events

Apr 09, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

i love opera tavern as well. its where i always go after theatre. there is also a great american style diner about 3 doors down which is a great hole in the wall for good drinks and comfort food.

Apr 09, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food