Etiquette Tuesday: Good Job

[ 0 ] November 1, 2011 |


This week I step away from the reprimands and can actually pat one restaurant on the back for their good etiquette.  This weekend I decided to try something a little different for brunch and ventured over to El Centro D.F. on 14th Street.  The thing about brunch in the District is the same problem that goes on during happy hour, everyone is doing it.  With that being said, I expected I would have a bit of wait for my food and used this time to do some email housekeeping.  This housekeeping turned into almost 35 minutes before I would see the creamy potatoes and Chile Relleno I ordered.  Any other time I would have frowned at this but the waiter took it upon himself to apologize in 10 minute increments for the wait and this was without me making the usual eye contact to let him see my impatience.

The waiter acknowledged that the kitchen was taking longer than usual and instead of ignoring the issue he simply apologized.  I think this was excellent etiquette and kind of unexpected because most waiters would have needed you to almost jump in front of them to get their attention that the food was running behind schedule.  Though I know that El Centro will be quite a wait on a Sunday afternoon, I am prepared to return because with service like this and some of the best creamy potatoes on this side of town, I can always use a little extra time for email housekeeping.

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Category: Etiquette Tuesday, Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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