Questions, I get questions. Here's a good one from today:
A friend went to nice downtown restaurant to celebrate Dad's birthday. Wait staff asks if they would like to try XXX appetizer (no mention of price). XXX appetizer sounds good so friend says yes. Friend gets bill, price of appetizer $70!!! In my little world that's pretty dang spendy.
How can you handle a situation like this? Or do you just keep your mouth shut and pay up? I and my friend find it cheesy to ask what the price of an item is, embarrassing and needless but I wouldn't want to get hit with a $70 appetizer either.
I have this same beef with specials. Servers are real good about reciting all the ingredients and preparations. But I rarely, if ever, hear the price. I usually avoid specials for that reason. I feel like a cheapskate for asking -- and I have an expense account.
I ate in a neat little ethnic hole in the wall yesterday. I ordered a whole stuffed fish, not even looking at the menu. The cook came out and double-checked: "The fish costs $20," she said. I appreciated her effort as the restaurant's entrees are all half that price or less.
In the case of the $70 appetizer surprise, was it the diner's fault for not asking the price of the appetizer or not consulting the menu? Was it the server's fault (and management's by extention) for pushing a pricy appetizer without warning?