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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Off-Topic Tuesday: Steak sauce in fancy restaurants

So, the other week I was watching this show "Top Chef" on Bravo. In "Survivor"-like fashion, the contestants had a challenge where they had to cook for kids. Then the kids picked the winner. Long story short, a woman on the losing team didn't like the challenge because she didn't think the kids had a "mature palette" or something like that. She thought kids just voted for the junk food stuff, which they probably did. Anyway, one judge told her that as a chef, her only responsibility was to please the customer, even if she disagreed with their food preferences. Make the customer happy - that's all.

So that made me think about fancy restaurants. I think the people running these places are a bunch of hypocrites. I'm sure that in their tiny little brains, they think they are all about the customer, and that they pride themselves in "taking care of" their clientele. But in reality, they couldn't care less about us. Why? Because they won't give us steak sauce.

See, at fancy restaurants, you aren't supposed to need steak sauce. Why? Because the steak is seasoned and cooked so perfectly, that nobody in their right mind would want steak sauce! Ummm, what?... I think I'm smart enough to decide when I want steak sauce. And guess what? I want it every time I eat a steak! Even if it is seasoned and cooked to perfection, and even if the snobby waiters don't want to give it to me.

It is ridiculous that, somehow, it has become "tacky" to ask for steak sauce at a fancy restaurant. Would they scoff at me if I asked for butter? What about some cream with my coffee? Or what if I ordered the "wrong wine" (Red vs. White) to complement my meal? Would they not let me have it? I bet they would, and that is why they should let me have steak sauce! Because I want it, because I am the customer, and because I am paying hundreds of dollars for the meal. The end.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think you could be any more wrong.

A steak done correctly at a solid steakhouse can only be ruined by steak sauce. Although if you ask for it, or if you order the wrong wine, I bet they will give it to you. But they will also properly look down their noses at you the rest of your meal.

Bottom line -- what the heck are you doing watching Top Chef? Go back to Daily Grill.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

BR... err, Anonymous - I've asked plenty of times, and been denied plenty of times. This has even occured at more "moderate" places such as Dino in Cleveland Park. Most "good" (read: stupid) places don't even carry the stuff.

That's like saying "a good breadstick can only be ruined by marinara or ranch." Ridiculousness.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You stick it to the man Nick! You show him who's boss of that steak!

[Are you impressed I read your blog, even though I have only been to one Michigan football game?(vs Minnesota this past season, Michigan lost)].


7:46 PM  
Blogger e said...

nick -

what is scary is that this may be a family trait... i, too... like dad and apparently you, almost ALWAYS need to have steak sauce. Give me my A-1, peeps! That's how we gots ta roll!

Also, by the way, the concept of "the wrong wine" is totally outdated - I'm serious. There is no such thing anymore - that's old school. This is one of the most important things I learned at grad school.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Jered said...

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9:59 AM  
Blogger Jered said...

Taste, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. A delicacy to some is a pet to others.

Why am I commenting on ancient blog posts while I'm at work? hmmm.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous said...

that is an off-topic for sure hahaha and I love to eat a good steak sauce in fancy restaurants or not :D

10:35 PM  
Blogger Sprinting said...

What an idiotic comment.

1:07 PM  

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