It’s interesting that restaurant servers often get a bad rep.
I once had someone actually say to my face that with all the odd jobs she had to do, she never had to wait tables. And she said this proudly. When I looked at her incredulously and asked, why the hell not, because after all, she lived in Los Angeles where servers pretty much make $30-$50 an hour, she shut her mouth and said no response except for the one her face gave away, which was shock.
I suppose the bad rep comes from the label of “server” because let’s be honest, most people don’t want to serve others. But the reality of it is so different. It’s the hustle bustle of a living organism. It’s a show put on nightly that always has issues and yet manages to go on. It’s performance art, through both food and service. And yes, it varies in degrees.
As I was thinking about all this on my drive home, I started realizing there are some traits servers have that many others don’t. At least, not as skillful in my opinion…
11 Things Restaurant Servers Do Better Than Most
1. Open bottles of wine.
2. Multi-task spontaneously in a loud environment.
3. Pretend you don’t hear someone trying to get your attention.
4. Look cool while wearing an apron.
5. Eat standing up.
6. Play things by ear.
7. Dine out.
8. Talk to people when they are hungry and angry about it.
9. Look at someone without them knowing it.
10. Calculate percentages without a calculator.
11. Bite their tongue and smile.
Any other servers out there want to add their own?? Please do!