Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Rules Go On

When we started we established a baker's dozon of rules for eating at buffet or all you can eat restaurants.(Scroll down to the bottom of the blog and read Post #3 to learn about the rules. Of course, those thirteen were not all the rules. We added two more as we went along. Here are a few more.

Rule #16 - Never use your silverware to serve yourself from the buffet trays.

Is this something that you actually have to tell people? Apparently so. We have seen this many times.

Rule #17 - Once you have gotten what you want, don't stand around the buffet tables. Move on back to your table.

So many times there is someone just standing in the middle of the most crowded spot in the restaurant, staring blankly out (sometimes with the mouth hangind open) - seemingly oblivious that there are other people around. Perhaps this is some type of "buffet shock" - overwhelmed by too much to take in all at one time.

Rule #18 - Children should remain seated through the meal.

We have a rule about children going up to the buffet and serving themselves, but apparently, there also needs to be a rule about children getting up from the table and running around the restaurant. Not only is it annoying to the other diners, but it is dangerous. The buffet is not a playground.

Rule #19 - Do not fill community plates for the "table". Each should take their own plate of what they wish to eat.

This may be cultural, but often people fill plates with crab legs, chicken, etc and bring it back to the table for each diner to serve themselves from. This not only takes a large amount out of the serving trays at one time, but just as often is not all eaten and must be disgarded.

Rule #20 - If you cough or sneeze into your hand, please do not use that hand to pick up the serving utensils.


Rule #21- In th buffet, as in any restaurant, children (and adults) should use their inside voices.

There will be more to come - unfortunately...

1 comment:

Rochkirstin Santos said...

Hi there. It's my first time to comment here! I found your blog through search engine and I have been reading a lot of your posts since then. :) I just find it funny that what my uncle does (the community plate thing) is in scope in one of the ethical buffet rules. He does that every time we go to a buffet restaurant to save us time in getting food for ourselves. In all times, we get to finish everything anything so there's no waste. - Roch,