That’s what happened to us in IHOP today.
I told Len’s daughter, and her husband, what a great deal they have from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. We arrived a little after 2, and waited to get seated even though the restaurant was almost empty.
We were seated, and given one of the regular menus. Our server came to the table, and I asked for the other menu. She came back with 2 more regular menus. When I said the $5 menu, she told us that we would have to check the menu on our phones.
Luckily I always have the amazing ham, and cheese omelet that has the great creamy sauce over it. Loosey had 2 eggs, bacon, hash browns, and wheat toast. Colin ordered chicken, and pancakes, for the dipping sauce, honey mustard. I had order decaf coffee, and was told that a fresh pot was on. I said that’s fine. Having owned a family restaurant, I know it takes around 5 minutes to brew.
15 minutes later we see our server, she looks at me, goes back and brings out a mug of coffee.
As we each had 2 plates, 2 servers came out with the food. All looked great, but we realized that there was no honey mustard for the chicken. We waited so long that both Loosey, and I wanted to get up, and find our server. She finally came out with her hands full, and started to walk past our table. Loosey started to say about the sauce, and the server looked straight at us and said ‘Patience’. If I still had my restaurant, I would have fired her instantly. She came back with the honey mustard, and Colin only had 3 pieces of chicken left.
The food was superb, and when she walked past again, I asked for a small box for my pancakes, and the check. Loosey told her what a great cook they have, all the food was wonderful.
The cook came out to the table and was chuffed that we loved the food. I told him that hubby and I would come every couple of weeks for his ham and cheese omelet, and that it had been Len’s favorite place to go, because of the food.
When it came to leaving a tip, we discussed what I should leave. For the server zero, but 20% for the food. The check was $17, and I did leave a $3 tip, and wrote on it for excellent food.