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2013-08-28 11:31:06 PM
That waiter was an actual waiter at the restaurant, not an actor?  He was pretty damned funny.
 
2013-08-28 11:35:19 PM
Just finished Season II

/ABQ
//WTF?
///WANT MOAR!
 
2013-08-28 11:39:58 PM
Who doesn't want some Awkward Guacamole?
 
2013-08-28 11:48:26 PM
I LOVE Garduños.
 
2013-08-28 11:53:22 PM

Snotnose: That waiter was an actual waiter at the restaurant, not an actor?  He was pretty damned funny.


You read the article and came to that conclusion?

Is America doomed?
 
2013-08-28 11:56:04 PM
Been there. The pork and avocado burrito is heavenly.
 
2013-08-29 12:30:40 AM

Snotnose: That waiter was an actual waiter at the restaurant, not an actor?  He was pretty damned funny.


And why was Leaves of Grass in Hank's bathroom?
 
2013-08-29 12:36:28 AM

susansto-helit: Snotnose: That waiter was an actual waiter at the restaurant, not an actor?  He was pretty damned funny.

And why was Leaves of Grass in Hank's bathroom?


Because it's evidence.  Why would evidence be in Walt's bathroom?
 
2013-08-29 01:14:48 AM
Headline and artlcle: "surge in tableside guacamole orders." Actual figures in article: an uptick from 30% to 35%. Maybe they meant this kind of surge:

www.x-entertainment.com
 
2013-08-29 01:28:25 AM
I hate it when you are dining and somebody asks you "how is your meal?" when your mouth is stuffed.

I knocked out two of my mother's teeth the last time she pulled that crap on me (Last Thanksgiving, I think)

/Seriously, though, I was having a conversation with my wife at Culvers Monday night, and some worker butted right in to ask me how the meal was... wtf? Don't ask me questions when I am in the middle of a conversation. How rude!!
 
2013-08-29 01:34:30 AM

LesserEvil: I hate it when you are dining and somebody asks you "how is your meal?" when your mouth is stuffed.

I knocked out two of my mother's teeth the last time she pulled that crap on me (Last Thanksgiving, I think)

/Seriously, though, I was having a conversation with my wife at Culvers Monday night, and some worker butted right in to ask me how the meal was... wtf? Don't ask me questions when I am in the middle of a conversation. How rude!!


I was at a restaurant once where the server chose exactly the right times to step to our table and ask questions. It was almost like he was watching and paying attention.

/dude got a great tip
//one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in many years of restaurant experiences
///goddamned place went out of business a month later
 
2013-08-29 01:35:06 AM

LesserEvil: I hate it when you are dining and somebody asks you "how is your meal?" when your mouth is stuffed.

I knocked out two of my mother's teeth the last time she pulled that crap on me (Last Thanksgiving, I think)

/Seriously, though, I was having a conversation with my wife at Culvers Monday night, and some worker butted right in to ask me how the meal was... wtf? Don't ask me questions when I am in the middle of a conversation. How rude!!


'Worker'?

That's the portion of your self-righteous and extremely poorly expressed post I find MOST offensive.

Let's not ever hang out, I'm working on anger management issues and you are like crack for a crackhead: too tempting.

Oh, and stop being such a loud and entitled douchebag. The rest of the world suffers so your fat ass can biatch about service.
 
2013-08-29 01:39:00 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: LesserEvil: I hate it when you are dining and somebody asks you "how is your meal?" when your mouth is stuffed.

I knocked out two of my mother's teeth the last time she pulled that crap on me (Last Thanksgiving, I think)

/Seriously, though, I was having a conversation with my wife at Culvers Monday night, and some worker butted right in to ask me how the meal was... wtf? Don't ask me questions when I am in the middle of a conversation. How rude!!

I was at a restaurant once where the server chose exactly the right times to step to our table and ask questions. It was almost like he was watching and paying attention.

/dude got a great tip
//one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in many years of restaurant experiences
///goddamned place went out of business a month later


How much did you tip the kitchen?

Well nothing is a KIND of tip.

I work both as a cook and server. I would definetely not appreciate either of you as customers.

I'm constantly amazed at how entitled people can be as it relates to restaurant staff.
 
2013-08-29 01:42:26 AM
they have a Garduño's at Fiesta Rancho casino in Las Vegas, NV.  wasn't bad but there were a lot of better choices around.
 
2013-08-29 01:47:09 AM

inclemency: MaudlinMutantMollusk: LesserEvil: I hate it when you are dining and somebody asks you "how is your meal?" when your mouth is stuffed.

I knocked out two of my mother's teeth the last time she pulled that crap on me (Last Thanksgiving, I think)

/Seriously, though, I was having a conversation with my wife at Culvers Monday night, and some worker butted right in to ask me how the meal was... wtf? Don't ask me questions when I am in the middle of a conversation. How rude!!

I was at a restaurant once where the server chose exactly the right times to step to our table and ask questions. It was almost like he was watching and paying attention.

/dude got a great tip
//one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in many years of restaurant experiences
///goddamned place went out of business a month later

How much did you tip the kitchen?

Well nothing is a KIND of tip.

I work both as a cook and server. I would definetely not appreciate either of you as customers.

I'm constantly amazed at how entitled people can be as it relates to restaurant staff.


I'd stiff you in a heartbeat
 
2013-08-29 02:06:08 AM

costermonger: Who doesn't want some Awkward Guacamole?


Especially, if it's made right at the table!
 
2013-08-29 02:08:26 AM

Lsherm: You read the article and came to that conclusion?


I skimmed the article and came to that conclusion.  My bad.

/ 'murica is still doomed tho
// not my fault
/// I don't watch any "reality" shows
 
2013-08-29 02:23:31 AM
All this in-your-face news coverage about Breaking Bad just makes me all the more pissed about Terriers being cancelled. Terriers had better actors, better plotlines, and a better filming location.
 
2013-08-29 02:32:00 AM
"Thirty percent of guests usually order guacamole, but Corporate General Manager Warren Gaustad told TheWrap that the number has surged to 35 percent -- with many visitors specifically referencing "Breaking Bad" as the reason for their selection."

Wow, that's a massive surge!

static.comicvine.com
 
2013-08-29 02:35:29 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I was at a restaurant once where the server chose exactly the right times to step to our table and ask questions. It was almost like he was watching and paying attention.

/dude got a great tip


That's the way it should be at any decent restaurant.  I luckily live in an area with many decent restaurants, so even half-decent ones have servers which do that.

If a server interrupts you to ask if you need anything or to see if everything is alright, it means they're running on their own timetable (and likely have too many tables to wait) and not yours.
 
2013-08-29 02:44:25 AM
Dwight_Yeast:

Mr. Yeast, I think you need a month of TF

/for no other reason than that I feel like it
//kick ass and take names
 
2013-08-29 02:48:03 AM
Thanks so much, MaudlinMutantMollusk! you kick ass!

/I promise to use this gift for good, rather than evil.

//mostly
 
2013-08-29 02:49:00 AM
Dwight_Yeast:

Oh... and give me a vote in the Photoshop contests

/this sh*t ain't free, ya know...
 
2013-08-29 02:55:03 AM
Guacamole me biatch
 
2013-08-29 03:04:27 AM
My pancakes futures are up 27% too!

/whar did Business tab go?
 
2013-08-29 04:04:37 AM
Maybe I'm just naive, but it can't take 8 months to shoot and edit an episode of a show, can it? I mean it seems like we waited a year for the last half of this season, to the point where it feels like a separate season all together. What took them so damn long?
 
2013-08-29 04:24:29 AM
He didn't want to say this so as not to encourage it further, but sitting down, ignoring the waiter, having a threat-laced conversation, then leaving without ordering anything is up 45%.
 
2013-08-29 04:42:14 AM

Dwight_Yeast: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I was at a restaurant once where the server chose exactly the right times to step to our table and ask questions. It was almost like he was watching and paying attention.

/dude got a great tip

That's the way it should be at any decent restaurant.  I luckily live in an area with many decent restaurants, so even half-decent ones have servers which do that.

If a server interrupts you to ask if you need anything or to see if everything is alright, it means they're running on their own timetable (and likely have too many tables to wait) and not yours.


As a bartender who occasionally serves, if we waited on you people to finish every conversation to ask you how things were, the restaurant would fall apart and there would be a lot of pissed off people wondering where the server was. Imagine trying to coordinate that kind of timing between 10 different tables. Not gonna happen. It CAN happen in super high end places where the server only has 4-5 tables, but anywhere else, no. If you don't want to be interrupted by your server, go get takeout and eat at home. It's our jobs to check up on you. Sorry if we make you pause your oh so fascinating story for 5 seconds.
 
2013-08-29 05:07:07 AM

costermonger: Who doesn't want some Awkward Guacamole?


Awkwamole.
 
2013-08-29 05:13:24 AM
In a related story, sightings of strangers holding a big duffel bag while standing in front of the John B. Robert dam has increased 1,000 percent!

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-29 06:36:52 AM

Hiro-ACiD: My pancakes futures are up 27% too!

/whar did Business tab go?


i.imgur.com
"The conservative sandwich-heavy portfolio pays off for the investor!"
 
2013-08-29 07:04:28 AM
Eshy:

As a bartender who occasionally serves, if we waited on you people to finish every conversation to ask you how things were, the restaurant would fall apart and there would be a lot of pissed off people wondering where the server was. Imagine trying to coordinate that kind of timing between 10 different tables. Not gonna happen. It CAN happen in super high end places where the server only has 4-5 tables, but anywhere else, no. If you don't want to be interrupted by your server, go get takeout and eat at home. It's our jobs to check up on you. Sorry if we make you pause your oh so fascinating story for 5 seconds.

There's the problem right there, servers that have to serve more than one table.
In my ideal world, which I think you'll find is quite optimal and worth your consideration, a server would have one table only at a time. There would be a hole cut out in the centre of the table and the server would be stationed in that hole, his/her head and arms would protrude out the hole and he/she would be able to swivel around to serve all the customers at that table. Food and drinks would be dispensed from nozzles piped in under the table, the servers left hand would be fluids, right hand would be solids, that can be reversed if the server is a southpaw, to avoid confusion.
The server would maintain a respectful silence, only speaking when spoken to, but as they are there at the table for the duration of the meal they would not need to enquire as to the happiness of the customers, it would be obvious to them.
As for disturbing our 'oh so fascinating story for 5 seconds', I assume you have never had a meal where your wife decides to tell you she's been cheating, or she wants a divorce, or you have to mop up some other crap that someone wants to dump on you, or you've never been on a date, or been for a meal with family members that live in another time-zone/continent and you only get this one meal to catch up, or any other of a million scenarios where talking to the person at the table with you is important and any interruption from a tip-slag just feels like being Kanye'd, sure they'll let us finish our 'fascinating story' but this soup is the greatest soup of all time, don't we think?
Servers need to shut up, serve and keep those nozzles pumping. Interrupting people who can afford to eat is not acceptable and should be punished with large quantities of non-pleasurable pain.
 
2013-08-29 07:42:50 AM
Got a kick out of seeing the Winrock Garduno's on this week's episode, but no waiter there will ever push the tableside guac.  Especially during a dinner rush.  With 6-8 table sections and a kitchen and bar that are completely across the restaurant from each other, nothing can throw you off your rhythm quite like having to spend 5 minutes standing still.  While you're scooping avocado's for the couple at table 2, the 6 top behind you is draining their drinks, table 4's order is up, the hostess just sat you again, and you have a customer waving at you trying to get their check.  Oh well...nothing you can do but add the pico and hope your other tables are generous tippers.

/Former Garduno's drone - '00-'01
//Winrock, Westside, and occasionally Montgomery
///Dave's an asshole
 
2013-08-29 07:45:11 AM
There is a great deal of whining in this thread. When I worked in the restaurant industry, it did not take that much effort to look at people's mouths and wait maybe, at most, 10 seconds for at least one person to finish chewing, go to the table, ask how they were doing, but subtly direct it towards the people without food in their mouth to answer first. By the time they're done answering, everybody else is done chewing.

On the flip side, if a server asks me how I'm doing when my mouth is full, I smile and nod or give a thumbs up, and they're on their way.

I always got a bigger tip when I had a dialogue with the table. So I waited for them to stop chewing. Doesn't take too long.

Regardless, it really isn't that big of a deal either way.
 
2013-08-29 07:49:13 AM
Our local semi-Americanized Mexican restaurant has been offering the tableside guac for a few years now.  It's a tad expensive - for the cost of one bowl, you can get two or three bowls of that cheese dip.  You know the stuff I talk about, it's like a titty-fark you can scoop on a chip.

/once heard some rednecks sit down next table over and say "We need four tall Budweisers and some o' that there wet cheese."
 
2013-08-29 07:50:37 AM

Eshy: Sorry if we make you pause your oh so fascinating story for 5 seconds.


Sounds like you don't appreciate your employment.
 
2013-08-29 07:58:35 AM

UNC_Samurai: Our local semi-Americanized Mexican restaurant


Mexico is already in the Americas, as is all the countries north of Chile and south of Canada.
There is however some scope for combining the USA and Mexico, quite simply because the differences between the two are so negligible now as to make it unnecessary to have separation. I propose the formation of the United States of Amexica, or possibly Merico, but I do like Xs so I prefer the former.
Eighty one states, what's not to love?
 
2013-08-29 08:09:45 AM
I can't remember the last time I ate at Gardunios. It's fine, but there is so much better in ABQ.

\Thursday Special at Owl Cafe
\\Anything at Barelas especially the posole
\\\El Modelo stuffed sopapillas and tamales
 
2013-08-29 08:10:20 AM
I like Gardunos but love Monroe's
 
2013-08-29 08:17:31 AM

Eshy: As a bartender who occasionally serves, if we waited on you people to finish every conversation to ask you how things were, the restaurant would fall apart and there would be a lot of pissed off people wondering where the server was.


...and that's why bartenders make shiatty servers. ;) Honestly, if I'm eating in the bar, it's either because I'm in a hurry or the restaurant is packed, so I expect to be a bit rushed.

It's hard to explain, but the best servers are slightly psychic; they know when to stop and ask and they know when to walk by, if they'd be interrupting something important.  And if you do need them in the middle of a conversation, all you have to do is look up and ask as they go by.

The funny thing is that I've had great servers in white tablecloth places, and I've had great servers at IHOP.  In my opinion, good service should be rewarded, so the better the service, the bigger the tip.
 
2013-08-29 08:24:13 AM

HotWingAgenda: All this in-your-face news coverage about Breaking Bad just makes me all the more pissed about Terriers being cancelled. Terriers had better actors, better plotlines, and a better filming location.


I liked Terriers too, but you are wrong. Breaking Bad is far superior.
 
2013-08-29 08:29:28 AM
Omg! That place was in a show I like! I need to got there and order everything they ordered!
 
2013-08-29 08:29:40 AM

Snotnose: That waiter was an actual waiter at the restaurant, not an actor?  He was pretty damned funny.


The article says he was a professional actor.  Just for a second, I thought it was this guy...
blogs.laweekly.com
 
2013-08-29 08:31:43 AM

HotWingAgenda: All this in-your-face news coverage about Breaking Bad just makes me all the more pissed about Terriers being cancelled. Terriers had better actors, better plotlines, and a better filming location.


weknowmemes.com
 
2013-08-29 08:50:14 AM
On a totally unrelated subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqABYqjvClE
 
2013-08-29 09:01:36 AM
I just had a new appreciation for the guac. being green and foreshadowing that particular confession/conversation.  That may even be why they chose that restaurant.

From TFA:
Gaustad said Aaron Paul, who play's White's partner Jesse Pinkman, stopped by for an hour even though he wasn't in the scene and talked to the restaurant's staff. There was also a "Malcolm in the Middle" reunion of sorts, as Jane Kaczmarek, the actress who played Cranston's wife on the Fox sitcom, watched filming from the restaurant's bar with her son.

Both of those sentences are awesome, though it would have been even moreso if Kaczmarek had a small cameo in the back.
 
2013-08-29 09:02:07 AM

FedExPope: Maybe I'm just naive, but it can't take 8 months to shoot and edit an episode of a show, can it? I mean it seems like we waited a year for the last half of this season, to the point where it feels like a separate season all together. What took them so damn long?


All of the actors involved were allowed to divest into other projects during the down time. AMC is good to their stable like that.

Iczer: "Thirty percent of guests usually order guacamole, but Corporate General Manager Warren Gaustad told TheWrap that the number has surged to 35 percent -- with many visitors specifically referencing "Breaking Bad" as the reason for their selection."

Wow, that's a massive surge!

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I was thinking a better reaction would be the look he gives Jesse during the "What Element comes to mind?" "Ahhhh Wire"
 
2013-08-29 09:31:56 AM

desertmouse: I just had a new appreciation for the guac. being green and foreshadowing that particular confession/conversation. That may even be why they chose that restaurant.

From TFA:
Gaustad said Aaron Paul, who play's White's partner Jesse Pinkman, stopped by for an hour even though he wasn't in the scene and talked to the restaurant's staff. There was also a "Malcolm in the Middle" reunion of sorts, as Jane Kaczmarek, the actress who played Cranston's wife on the Fox sitcom, watched filming from the restaurant's bar with her son.

Both of those sentences are awesome, though it would have been even moreso if Kaczmarek had a small cameo in the back.


OMG OMG OMG they are going to do the final scene as I have wanted for some time.  She was in town for the Newhart ending.  Book it, done.
 
2013-08-29 09:32:07 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Just finished Season II

/ABQ
//WTF?
///WANT MOAR!


You shoud really stay away from any BB thread. Lock yourself in a room this weekend and catch up. Any spoiler will suck to hear and ruin the experience.
 
2013-08-29 09:50:00 AM
Sorry guys, but I'd rather eat at the diner where a Down's Syndrome Matt Damon told a cool train story to a bunch of hellbillies &  and some crazy lady kept shouting "Am I under arrest!?!?!?!"
 
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