One of my favorite restaurants in the world for traditional steak, mashed potatoes, & Cesar salad is a little place out in Scarborough called T-Bones Steak House.
Blog # 5
One of my favorite restaurants in the world for traditional steak, mashed potatoes, & Cesar salad is a little place out in Scarborough called T-Bones Steak House. At first glance the place looks like a greasy diner and could use a new coat of paint. The smell of steak on an open fire grill can be smelled for blocks. As you walk in you notice a small older Trinidadian lady working behind the counter. My first time ever being there I was a bit skeptical, but never the less you can’t judge a book by its cover. So, I walked up to the counter to order, the cute lady burst’s out “what’s your name love” with an island accent, I say “Jean-Paul” she looks at me with this devilish smile and says “like the singer Sean Paul” and starts dancing in front of the cash register, I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. After ordering a 20 oz T-bone steak dinner for $20 dollars which is an amazing price she tells me “I will never forget your name, and I never forget a face.” With a huge smile, I grabbed a table and waited eagerly for my meal. A few minutes passed ding went the sound of a bell, and a voice shouted from behind the counter “20 OZ T-BONE HERE”, I quickly ran back to my table with my steak in hand. The steak was perfectly cooked, beside was two huge scoops of whipped mashed potatoes, gravy, and a mountain of cesar salad. Ha-ha I caught myself sucking on the bone at the end of the meal. This little experience took place a little over five years ago, and to this day I’m still a happy customer. There is something about that interaction that I will never forget. Oh, and that cute little lady never forgot my name and we have become quite good friends.
Does tipping really make a difference? Well in my experience yes definitely, I thought I have had my fair share of bad customer service or bad wait staff, little did I know when I was shortly to arrive in Paris my perception on tipping your waiter was about to change.
Does tipping really make a difference? Well in my experience yes definitely, I thought I have had my fair share of bad customer service or bad wait staff, little did I know when I was shortly to arrive in Paris my perception on tipping your waiter was about to change. After a very long flight, and even worse plane food I was starving, we reached the hotel I dropped my bags and the lady and I headed for a night out in Paris. When we first walked up to the restaurant I noticed a bit of a line and didn’t think anything of it, I did notice the hostess on her phone with little to no care of the people outside in the cold waiting to get in. We waited patiently and were brought to our table, the restaurant was very beautiful and had a bit of an Italian theme with meat hanging from the ceiling, and huge wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano stacked wall to wall on shelves. We threw our coats to the side and before we could sit down the waitress had brought two glasses of water and the menu’s for us, service was quick and she was very polite. Seemed to be a great start to dinner I thought to myself. After 20 minutes or so of looking at the menu and wondering where our waitress went I knew what I wanted to order. 35 minutes rolls around and I start to become annoyed, the wife could see by the look on my face that I was not a happy camper. She then leans over to my side of the table and whispers “there is no tipping in Paris so the service is horrible”. I thought at first awesome I don’t have to tip sweet, and then it dawned on me. I glanced around the room and saw a bunch of employees standing around chatting and customers waiting to be served. I guess the ideology is the food will come when it comes, and the wait staff doesn’t care about customer service because they are being paid the same regardless. I quickly shot out of my seat and set off to find my waitress, I found her chatting with a few of the employees in the back of the restaurant. I walked up grabbed her hand and slipped her a 20-euro bill, the look on her face was total confusion. I told her this is your tip in advance for being our waitress and I think we are ready to order. Her energy changed very quickly, she was kind, and courteous with a little more desire in her eyes, and personality in her step. To make a long story short after tipping we had a fabulous dinner with amazing service. Now I know everyone complains about having to tip I did it myself all the time, but if you see the service industry when we don’t have to tip, you wouldn’t think twice about tossing your wait staff a few bucks. Believe me.