Sunday, August 12, 2012

Healthy Eaters Are Snobs



Yeah, this is one of those "ironic" titles.  

I'll admit it.  I am a chronic "healthy eater".  I have been my whole life.  Somehow I am missing the chocolate gene.  Cakes, cookies, and donuts don't sound appetizing and I'd rather have dry mouth than drink soda...

...but it's none of my business what you eat.

I do get annoyed when non-healthy eaters freak out on my food.  Nobody's judging you where I'm sitting so please don't tell me my food smells or looks disgusting.

However...

...around where I live there are many, many great "healthy" options to eat.  Raw, vegan, gluten-free...you name it.  I started to frequent a raw, vegan restaurant near me and totally enjoyed the food.  The part I didn't like was that all of the servers acted like they were doing me a HUGE favor by taking my order.  They were the most aloof, apathetic bunch I had encountered in quite some time.  I brushed it aside and kept calling in my orders and then picking them up.

One day I decided to eat in.  It was an overcast, slightly windy day in Santa Monica and I needed a break from the office.  I went in to be seated and they told me I would have to sit outside (in the cold) or at the bar (which is close to the floor and awkward).  There were tables free in the main area with plenty of singles sitting at them.  I asked for one and was told no.  It was 1:20 pm.

I had an exchange with them on Facebook & Twitter.  They told me that if I wanted to sit in the main dining room that I would have to come before 11 am or after 2 pm.

I'm not sure what it was about me that I couldn't sit in the main dining room.  Oh well.  I'm done with this place and it seems to me that they should be a bit more apologetic or at least a bit kinder to their locals.  This is a pricey, trendy place that may or may not have a long shelf life.

At any rate, when in Santa Monica, avoid Planet Raw.

How many chances do you give someone that gave you bad service?






4 comments:

T.J. said...

I usually give a restaurant the benefit of the doubt on the first try. Example, went to a location of a chain restaurant. It was late. We were one of three tables with people at it. The kitchen staff was basically socializing in the back, we could all hear them. Our waitress was a brat and blamed my order being wrong on the "fact that the chef hates" her. Yeah, isn't the waitress supposed to verify the order? Our drinks got refilled once. They were empty for about twenty minutes.

I don't think I've returned to that location. I wrote on the corporate site and complained. Never received a response. So I try not to eat at that chain if I an avoid it. (Not always my choice.)

There's my five cents (cause it was more than two.)

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yep, I gave this place a few chances actually. This seating incident was the last straw.

It's such a bummer since their food is so good but I guess they don't need my business.

bernthis said...

It's amazing to me how companies treat their customers. Are they still in business? Do they know how much you rock? It's amazing to me b/c I went to a new place last night and they could not have been nicer. I will absolutely go back.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Thanks Jessica, I appreciate it.

Yeah - I'm always amazed that service isn't over the top fantastic in this economy. You'd think that especially pricey places would really be treating their people well.