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Question: We are looking for an all-you-can eat crab special, preferably not a buffet.

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Suburban Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 13, 2011
It seems like weekly that Kathie Jenkins finds a way to get David Fhima or one of his lousy restaurants in her column(s). This week it's the mediocre Faces. What's with those two? Either she has the hots for him or he's put a bunch of money in her pocket.
Joey

Eden Prairie, MN

#2 Jan 13, 2011
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
AntiMelting

Brainerd, MN

#3 Jan 13, 2011
Joey wrote:
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
If a server ever challenges me they will get 0%.
Kay

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jan 13, 2011
The tip amount is normally calculated from the before tax amount. So that 17% is darn close to 20%. Nevertheless, that's just bad bad server manners. And regardless how mathematically challenged the server is, they have no right to question the diners especially in front of other customers.
Truth Missile

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 13, 2011
Joey wrote:
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
My wife and I tip 20 percent with excellant service, but it sickens me knowing that someone who prepares the meal is not part of the tip process. After all, someone carrying my dinner to the table is a service without much merit compared to the person who ACTUALL MADE THE FOOD!
Ya know

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jan 13, 2011
Joey wrote:
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
Joey, table #5 needs a water re-fill. Get off the computer. Get going, and earn your 20%.
Annie

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jan 13, 2011
Kay wrote:
The tip amount is normally calculated from the before tax amount. So that 17% is darn close to 20%. Nevertheless, that's just bad bad server manners. And regardless how mathematically challenged the server is, they have no right to question the diners especially in front of other customers.
I've never tipped on the before tax amount... that's chintzy.
Mess Hall Humor

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jan 13, 2011
As a matter of fact I know one place re the crab question.
Day by Day on West 7th. There is a regular who comes in who is a real crab but they serve her anyway.
Smartass

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jan 13, 2011
Joey wrote:
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
Ok joker Joeie. first of all service in most places suck. Secondly, I never like to hear a server chat to me as if we have some relationship. 3. Tip on the amount of the meal not on the tax that is shoved down our throats with the food. 4.Be lucky you got a job, as for how much I will tip depends on much more than what you have tried to list ( such as carding my date ) also never look down her chest and peek.
if you don't like USA go wait in Brazil...
stay away

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jan 13, 2011
Do not go to Faces. The food is mediocre, the service terrible, and the response from Fhima obnoxious when they fail to deliver what was promised. The room is "great looking" if you like ugly orange. And the place is most definitely not hopping.
The blood runneth purple

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jan 13, 2011
Ducs in Woodbury and Maplewood are the best Vietnamese/chinese establishments in town.
Fantastic service and excellent food.

“Ahhhh hee ahw”

Since: Aug 09

Twin Cities

#12 Jan 13, 2011
Joey wrote:
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
I've always considered $5/person a very good tip, regardless of how much the meal costs. The whole percentage based tipping thing is out of whack - it doesnt take any more effort to bring out a waygu filet than it does a plate of spaghetti, so why should I tip $10 for the waygu but only $3 for the spaghetti?

I am partial to teppenyaki... I know that the tip goes directly to the person who made the meal AND gave me a good show
downtowner

Richardson, TX

#13 Jan 13, 2011
Jake's over on Beam in Maplewood has all you can eat crab on Tuesdays.
Nancy Pelosi

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jan 13, 2011
Hands down the best seafood in the Twin Cities is at Mandarin Kitchen on Lyndale Ave. The seafood is live in fish tanks, and cooked in an authentic Chinese style. You will not be disappointed.
Curmudgeon

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jan 13, 2011
Xnay on Manitou Station in WBL and Red Lobster in Maplewood.
Mark

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Jan 13, 2011
"We are looking for an all-you-can eat crab special, preferably not a buffet. Do you know of a restaurant in the metro area that serves crab?"

...and has extra-wide booths, I assume?
Ben

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jan 13, 2011
OK Joey answer me this. If I order a meal for $20 and a bottle of wine that costs $85, and you bring me a salad, entrée, and the wine, am I to tip you $22.68 on a 113.40 tab, with tax?
St Paul Resident

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jan 13, 2011
We used to be regulars at LaGrolla and directed many others that way. Then about a year ago I ordered my favorite penne and vodka sauce with scallops and shrimp. It arrived with about two pieces of sea food. When I nicely brought it up to the server she said that the normal cook was out. I asked if she could have them throw a few more pieces in and she asked if she could get me a free desert instead. We had noticed that the food and the service were going south and that was the last straw. We haven't been back since. I see it's not improving. It's a bummer. We loved that place.

I agree on Faces. One of the worst places in SP. There are dozens of better choices.
Bubba

Farmington, MN

#19 Jan 13, 2011
Casper's Cherokee Sirloin Room also serves all you can eat crab legs on Wednesdays for $25.95.
Mark

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jan 13, 2011
Joey wrote:
If more servers had the stupidity (or guts?) to challenge tip amounts I wonder if people would tip better. 13% would be unacceptable for a good meal with good service. 17% is barely acceptable. I consider 15% to be the minimum for okay service. If the service is good, 20% is more the norm, and for excellent service, closer to 25-30%. Why people are so stingy with a dollar or even 5 after spending as much as they have on a meal already is beyond me.
Give me a break. 15% is for average service. 20% is for excellent service.

We all work just as hard for our money as you do.

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