Best seat in the house: For power diners, you are where you sit

When multimillionaire philanthropist John Nasseff walks into the Downtowner Woodfire Grill in St. Full Story
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sheepy

Minneapolis, MN

#131 Jul 22, 2009
My friend and I used to go to our favorite place about three times a week. Once were were asked if we would mind moving because someone claimed they had reserved that table. We were confused, because the rest of the dining room was empty, but we moved without making a fuss. The restaurant picked up our tab for the night. We figured everyone has their weird preferences, and it wasn't a big deal to us. We had never seen this couple before, I doubt they were "worth" more than anyone else, especially considering how often we ate there, but really, who cares? If it is important to someone to sit in a certain place, any restaurant is going to try to accomodate the patron. It isn't just about food, it's about service.
sheepy

Minneapolis, MN

#132 Jul 22, 2009
i think wrote:
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i just ate there for the 1st time a couple weeks ago & can't understand why anyone would care to have a regular table there. i wasn't impressed.
am i missing something?
I've never been, but now I kinda want to try it.
Joe

Burnsville, MN

#133 Jul 24, 2009
sheepy wrote:
My friend and I used to go to our favorite place about three times a week. Once were were asked if we would mind moving because someone claimed they had reserved that table. We were confused, because the rest of the dining room was empty, but we moved without making a fuss. The restaurant picked up our tab for the night. We figured everyone has their weird preferences, and it wasn't a big deal to us. We had never seen this couple before, I doubt they were "worth" more than anyone else, especially considering how often we ate there, but really, who cares? If it is important to someone to sit in a certain place, any restaurant is going to try to accomodate the patron. It isn't just about food, it's about service.
I consider "service" to be clean table and silverware, and occasionally checking to see if anything else is needed. Anything else is asking to be pampered like the little snots most people are.

Since: Feb 08

Big Lake, MN

#134 Jul 24, 2009
Joe wrote:
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I consider "service" to be clean table and silverware, and occasionally checking to see if anything else is needed. Anything else is asking to be pampered like the little snots most people are.
You haven't ever been to Mancini's, have you? They built their place on the having the best service around. Service where Nick would take the time to talk to everyone, no matter who you were, or weren't.

What you described isn't "service," You described a typical family dinner around the table.
Scotomayor

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#135 Jul 24, 2009
Side booth at Carbone's, 1698 Randoplh.
Can't beat it and Johnnie and staff treat everyone like they are royalty.
Joe

Burnsville, MN

#136 Jul 25, 2009
Big Laker wrote:
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You haven't ever been to Mancini's, have you? They built their place on the having the best service around. Service where Nick would take the time to talk to everyone, no matter who you were, or weren't.
What you described isn't "service," You described a typical family dinner around the table.
You are correct. Haven't been to Mancini's. I have been to a restaurant in Ireland at Jameson's where the wait staff stand around the room ready to wipe your nose if you even think about sneezing.

I don't care if the propriator comes to greet me. Nor do I care what big-wig is sitting at the table next to me.

You obviously haven't been to dinner at my house! LOL!

What is important to me when I eat out is - NOT WAITING, getting good food, and being served efficiently. Don't care about the ambiance, and the rest.

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