For as nice as it will be to eat in a restaurant without worry, there is one thing I’ve liked about ordering food and picking it up.
Well, actually two things … not waiting for tables is nice … but unless we’re getting pizza and I sometimes have to call, the thing I like is that we order online.
Which means I get to set up my order exactly how I like it.
I’m that guy, the picky guy, the guy for whom Sally is only a slight exaggeration.
If you serve vegetables with my order, I won’t eat them. I drink mostly water these days, so I don’t worry about it, but if I get soda, don’t serve it with ice (or leave a gap at the top of the glass in the space the ice would have taken) because I asked for it without ice and I will send it back.
I still find it mind-boggling that I can’t order a hamburger at Wendy’s — I literally have to ask for a cheeseburger without cheese — and calling to order a turkey sub amused one of my former coworkers so much he developed an impression.
Really, though … how hard is it to understand that I just want turkey on a bun without lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo or oil and vinegar?
So I found this list of food order fails, some of which were the customer’s and some the restaurant’s, amusing, and it caused me to remember one of my own.
Years and years ago, I was eating lunch with my mother at Friendly’s, and ordered a chicken Parmesan sandwich. They came with lettuce and tomato, so I asked for it to be plain.
When our orders arrived, I got a piece of chicken on a roll — no lettuce, no tomato, no sauce, no cheese.
It was literally a plain chicken Parmesan sandwich.
I asked if they could add the cheese and sauce that I wanted, but I couldn’t get mad. I may have even found it amusing.
I asked for it, and I got it.