How to Get a Great Restaurant Meal – Even When You’re in a Rush

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You don’t always have a lot of time to dine out, whether it’s because you have a flight to catch or a show to attend, you may need to expedite your dining experience. While long meals are wonderful, there are occasions when time is of the essence. Here are some tips to help you navigate a quick meal without feeling rushed:

Some Tips and Tricks

  • Inform Your Server: Let your server know about your time constraints as soon as possible. While they can’t control time, they can assist in expediting your meal and service.
  • Decide Quickly: Look at the menu promptly and decide what you want to order. Be ready to place your order when the server first approaches your table.
  • Choose Wisely: Opt for dishes that require less preparation time, such as salads or items that can be cooked quickly. Seek recommendations from your server for the fastest options.

A Quick But Enjoyable Meal

  • Minimize Requests: Consolidate your requests to reduce the number of trips your server needs to make. Ask for everything you need, like extra dressing or utensils, all at once.
  • Request the Check Early: Ask for the check when you order your food. This allows your server to drop it off during their regular rounds, ensuring you can pay and leave promptly.
  • Pay with Cash: Paying with cash can expedite the payment process since you can leave the exact amount on the table and avoid additional steps associated with credit card processing.
  • Tip Appropriately: While tipping at the end of the meal won’t speed things up, tipping generously upfront can incentivize your server to prioritize your service. This gesture of appreciation may lead to quicker service throughout your meal.
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By following these tips, you can enjoy a satisfying meal without sacrificing precious time. Just remember to communicate your needs with your server respectfully and appreciate their efforts in accommodating your schedule.