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Newport- special occasion lunch

Looking for the best place to have a birthday lunch for 6-8 people. We are open to any price point and type of food- we just want it to be fabulous.

PF Changs Westfarms

re: pouring wine back into the bottle

As far as I know, after working in restaurants for over a decade, that is illegal. Even if it was a mispour or a flat-out mistake. There is no way of knwoing if that was the same glass of red or white wine that came out of that bottle. I would let the management know.

Can I do anything about this?

I wholeheartedly agree with you, missmoo. I have worked in so many restaurants from lower end to fine dining, and the blame that customers tend to place on the bussers is staggering. If I had a dime for everytime when a customer's phone was "stolen" by a member of the staff- though the wait staff/bartenders were not the ones first accused- I would not have to wait tables as a second job. In well over a decade of waiting tables, I would have no problem telling any customer that the least likely person to steal anything would be a busser. The bussers are the individuals who do the worst and the messiest work for the least amount of money, but are the first people to run out of a restaurant after a customer who has left their phone, purse, umbrella, leftovers, etc. The bus staff depend on their jobs too much to take advantage of anyone.
The worst customer behavior that I have witnessed- REPEATEDLY- is tables that insist on handing over the check paid in cash "just to make sure that I get it." While this is approriate in some situations, i.e. there are outside tables or a long wait in the bar- most of the time the implied gesture is that the staff might steal it. I have had bussers that I would go to bat for over chefs.

Dec 15, 2008
littlepiggie in Not About Food

Corey's Catsup and Mustard Restaurant

Thanks for the review Earle! I have friends who live in Manchester who love Catsup & Mustard, and who are very excited about having the restaurant in town instead of another chain. I will have to check it out soon!

Hungry teenagers in Glastonbury

I also highly recommend the East West Grille. If you decide to check it out, make a side trip to A Dong grocery store just down the street. It is an Asian grocery store, and you will be amazed at the variety they have to offer. Try one of their preprared banh mi sandwiches and make sure to check out their kitchen supply aisles. You can buy fun sushi boats, dishes, etc, for a fraction of the price you would find elsewhere.
Also, in the same plaza is another Thai restuarant, Thai Kitchen, I believe. Try the sai gock appetizer there, it won't disappoint you.


Best way to cook them?

May 14, 2008
littlepiggie in Home Cooking

Ct. area

I highly recommend Bricco. In 8 years, I have never had a bad or even mediocre meal there. While they do not take reservations for parties under 6, the wait is never too long, especially if you can grab a seat and wait at the bar. I frequent Bricco for special occasions, and am never disappointed.
As for Hot Tomatoes, it is good, but not "wow," I prefer it in the summer months when the patio is open.

Do you say it's your birthday when it isn't?

I worked at an Italian chain in college, and there was a group of 3 people (no children) who came in every 2 weeks or so and claimed that it was one of their birthdays. All they got out of the deal was a free crappy dessert and there was definitely never any extra tip. We all went along with it just to see when a manager- and they loved to hover- would notice because we would get in trouble for bringing someone a soda without ringing it in first. I worked for the chain for almost 2 years and a manager never noticed their scam. The worst part was, the group had the same server, including me, several times over and never batted an eye about blatantly lying.

Apr 15, 2008
littlepiggie in Not About Food

Cocoa: Mango Tree or Cafe Margaux

Thanks to everyone who repsonded to my other post. In reading other posts about Cocoa Beach I have noticed that both The Mango Tree and Cafe Margaux have gotten favorable reviews.
While they both may be a bit out of my price range for a full dinner, are these restaurants where eating at the bar is possible? My bf and I like to try pricier restaurants by sharing a bottle of wine and 3-4 appetizers at the bar. I cannot tell from the websites if bar dining is possible at either place.
Which of the 2 would you recommend?

Mar 27, 2008
littlepiggie in Florida

Cocoa Beach this weekend

I did see both of those threads, but thought they might be too old- especially the second one. Since restaurants change so often, I was hoping for more recent info.

Mar 25, 2008
littlepiggie in Florida

Cocoa Beach this weekend

My boyfriend and I will be spending this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in Cocoa Beach. We are looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner recommendations. Seafood does not have to be the main focus, we are from New England so we have access to great seafood all the time.
Nothing too pricey, but all ethnic food groups are welcome. Any suggestions?

Mar 25, 2008
littlepiggie in Florida