Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 264: Strike #14 Against 33rd Street Bistro

(thanks to Mr. E for the title of this post!)

My team from work had our holiday group outing today, which included volunteering for several hours this morning at the Sacramento Food Bank and then lunch at 33rd Street Bistro.  This restaurant is a local favorite in East Sac, but Mr. E and I haven't been for years as we have often experienced slow and spotty customer service.

Unfortunately, today's group lunch followed this same pattern.

The restaurant doesn't take reservations, even for larger groups.  Our crew of eight arrived at 12:10pm, and we were told that the wait for a table would be 20-30 minutes.  However, we weren't seated until slightly after 1pm, more than 50 minutes later.

We had reviewed the menu in advance so that we could order quickly, and we completed that part around 1:10pm. And then again we waited.  And waited.  And waited some more.  Finally, after 30+ minutes, our food began to arrive.  By the time we finished eating and settled the bill, it was almost 2:30pm. So our entire lunch experience took close to 2.5 hours.

Unacceptable. Mr. E and I will definitely be keeping this off our list.


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