Archives for: June 2005, 26
We went to a seafood house for lunch after church. My daughter eats fish at home, because I cook it in ways that she likes. She has had bad experiences ordering fish at restaurants, so she ordered a grilled chicken salad.
Most of the items on the menu said "lightly breaded and fried." I found one item, a little more expensive than the others, that said broiled with lemon pepper. They had the usual coleslaw and French fries, but there were other vegetable choices as well. I ordered black beans and spinach. My husband also ordered the broiled fish. We settled down at our table to sip water with lemon juice while we waited for our food.
At this restaurant they call your number and you go pick up your food. My husband picked up his meal and mine; I couldn't see my daughter's. There it is, said a server pointing at a shrimp salad. "I'm sorry," I said, "she doesn't eat shrimp. She ordered a chicken salad." I got a dirty look, but she took the shrimp salad back to the kitchen.
I returned to the table, and looked at my food. The fish was breaded. Back I went to the counter. The same server was there. "I don't want to cause trouble," I said, "but I ordered broiled fish."
"That is broiled," she answered.
"It's breaded," I said. "I don't eat wheat."
"It's not wheat," she answered. "It's crackers."
"Crackers are made from wheat," I said. "Your menu said breaded for every item except the broiled fish. I ordered that because I didn't want the breading."
"I'll redo it if you like," said the server, "but it will take a while."
That's fine, I'll just eat my vegetables while I wait," I said.
When I repeated this conversation back at our table, I thought my daughter would fall out of her chair laughing when I got to the part about wheat not being a problem because the fish was breaded with crackers. Because of the BTD my teenager knows more about food ingredients than the servers at this restaurant!
When she brought my daughter's chicken salad to the table, she smiled. When she brought my fish (very tasty by the way), we exchanged pleasantries. She suggested that the next time we come I specifically say no breading of any kind on my order. I think that is a very good suggestion.