Most memorable stupid orders you've gotten

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  1. chadateit

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    I did a quick search and didn't see a thread on this, so please forgive me if it's been done. 

    I thought this subject might be pretty funny... 

    I'm sure I could come up with quite a few, but two stand out in my mind... 

    Ridiculously busy kitchen, in the middle of dinner service (super fine dining, but with a bar that also could do 150+ for dinner out of the same kitchen at the same time). The bar puts an order for a burger, split, with two different temps - What server would take this order? I think the server was lucky it was an open kitchen, as the chef on the line may otherwise have actually gotten physically violent.

    My personal favorite was a banquet order for a Caesar's salad (for a party of about 100 people) that, 20 minutes before plating, was updated saying that the Caesar dressing couldn't have anchovies, garlic, or egg. What do you even say to that? 
     
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  2. berndy

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    I once had a guy ordering a tomato paste and sliced raw onion sandwich on white.

    He did enjoy his sandwich and came back the next day for another one./img/vbsmilies/smilies/rollsmile.gif
     
  3. foodnfoto

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    When doing barista work recently someone asked for an Oat Milk Cappuccino. We do soy and almond milk espresso drinks, but Oat Milk?

    Why would you even want to drink that. I understand food sensitivities, but oat milk?

     Eeww
     
  4. just jim

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    "What cheeses are in the lasagna?"

    "Ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar"

    "Okay, they'll have the lasagna, but without the cheddar"

    "I want my steak medium rare, but absolutely no pink or red"

    "I'm very allergic to garlic, is there any in the special?"

    "Yes, there is a little"

    "Well, as long as I can't see it I'll be okay. I'll have the special"
     
  5. eloki

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    "Could you cook the steaks well-done please?  Otherwise, it will be too tough for me to eat..."  err.. what?
     
  6. shichangchu

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    I want the stuffed salmon. I don't like the taste of salmon though, so don't make it taste like salmon.

    I want scallops cooked super well done but not rubbery.

    I'll have the hollandaise but I want it boiling hot.
     
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  7. halecarlton

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    I would like a vegan omelet

    So naturally I cooked the omelet in bacon grease

    He said it was the best omelet he's ever had
     
  8. cookers

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    hahahaha!

    One time I had a couple order a steak going Pittsburgh-style medium well. (For those of you who don't know what that means, you heat a pan extremely hot and put the steak on it on each side long enough to sear a crust while the inside remains raw.) Apparently they didn't know what it meant either but argued that they did. They were food experts as they say.

    In one of our old risotto dishes, the beets would turn the whole thing neon pink. Well, some guy requested that he didn't want his meal pink because he is a real man. The server told me it was said in a very disrespectful way toward the kitchen. I kept the beets out and put a drop of blue food coloring in it representing that he is a man hence the color blue. The look on the servers face was priceless when she took it from the window. I said, ''Just take it. If there's a complaint, I'll make him a normal one without beets and it will be white.'' The guy who ordered it nearly died of laughter at the table. He was a grouchy regular who treated our staff like crap, but after that he never had special requests or complaints. So then the server started writing in blue risotto after that and it left everyone confused who would be on the line cooking. The server is an older women who is worn out and she just asks, ''Can you make it blue again?'' Everyone thinks she is losing her mind.
     
  9. twyst

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    We do a burger  with all our prime beef trimmings for happy hour on mondays.  Got a ticket for a split burger with two different temps last week.

    Also had a woman ask to sub pasta for rice on her gluten free entree.
     
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  10. ummwaterstock

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    i had a catering order today that stated vegetable wellington with a side of vegetables....what, really...okay
     
  11. margotron

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    My place has a peanut butter, cranberry sauce, granny smith apple, and banana sandwich on the menu... This guy orders it every single day, adding sprouts and pickles to it /img/vbsmilies/smilies/frown.gif

    If that's not horrible enough, another guy orders the same sandwich with tomatoes and mushrooms.  Blech!
     
  12. billpitcher

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    We regularly have guests send back vegetables because they are not soft enough for their false teeth. We also got a complaint about Romaine being too crunchy.
     
  13. michaelga

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    just this tells me ...
    that I should ignore the rest of your posts...

    ... welcome by the way.

      o.0
     
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  14. michaelga

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    Just a tip:

    When your guests are regularly sending things back;

    you are 'regularly' sending things out wrongly to the paying clientele that keeps you employed.

    Good Luck With That!
     
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  15. meezenplaz

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    True but...how do you "uncrunch" a fresh Ceasar? I mean really! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif
     
  16. ras1187

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    My all-time classics (some of them I have posted here years ago but why not re-post them for those that missed it)

    - Ny Strip Steak, no mashed potatoes, sub extra steak (wanted to smack the server that took this order)

    - Obligatory split burger cooked to different temperatures with different cheeses and different sides

    - Obligatory order for medium-well to well or any other hybrid doneness

    - Obligatory order for something to be split 3+ ways

    - Obligatory order for salad with every single individual ingredient on the side

    - Order for burger with cheese on the side... melted. "So you want me to melt the cheese on a plate?" "Yes"

    - Tuna Tartar with well done tuna

    - Shrimp Cocktail sent back. The complaint, "It's cold"

    - Lamb Chops ordered "Extra Well" done. Sent back to me because it was "overcooked"

    - Lamb Chops ordered well done. Sent back to me because each individual chop needed to be charred completely on both sides

    - Order for raw steak (meaning taken right out of the cooler and thrown on a plate) with a side of avocado and sliced tomato

    - Order for well done burger. Not unusual, but the guest told the server "My doctor told me I can't have any red meat" and was dead serious

    - Vegetarian pasta ordered. I asked what kind of vegetables the guest wanted in the pasta and the response was "whatever". Pasta sent back 3 times because the guest wanted a specific veggie (asparagus, mushrooms, etc) added to the pasta each time

    - Turkey breast sandwich made with heirloom tomatoes. Guest is infuriated and 100% convinced that I served him a rotten tomato even after the manager explained what an heirloom tomato was.

    - Guest orders pasta with side of butter. Complains and throws a total storm because the butter is melted "too much"..

    - French Onion Soup, no onions

    - Guest orders steak well done. Asks for A-1 sauce and instructs server to apologize to me for "ruining the steak by adding steak sauce to it" *shrug*

    - "So your french onion soup is not vegetarian?" "No, it isn't, it is made with beef/veal stock" "THAT IS SO STUPID, WHO DOES THIS??? WHY DO YOU GUYS DO THIS???"

    I'm sure I have a few more lying around in the suppressed 9th circle of my mind that I promised myself I would forget. Will post if I can remember them.
     
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  17. billpitcher

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    Wow, thanks for warm welcome.

    I didn't mean that everyone does it. Im just amused on a regular basis by a very small handful of depression-era summer regulars at our conference center who grew up on canned vegetables and care not at all that we now serve local, fresh vegetables, not canned carrots, in our buffet or banquet setting during the prime season.

    They regularly take me aside to tell me they would prefer overlooked broccoli, soft green beans, mashed potatoes instead of roasted, etc. I was asked why we don't serve "regular bread" in a bread basket that rotates like 12 things during the summer. I have been asked to rinse lasagna in the sink. And yes, I have been told my lettuce is too crunchy.

    I could dumb everything down, gearing my 500 plates a day to the lowest common denominator, serving canned spinach on Wonder Bread. Or I could do what we have been doing and continue to add 15 percent more guests a year. The mushy vegetable club will be here either way.

    But hey, thanks for the tip.
     
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    Today's special was sirloin a la plancha and a customer asked my wife if we could make it vegetarian... :)
     
  19. left4bread

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    I literally laughed out loud. Priceless.

    Server once told me that the guy was allergic to beurre blanc, wanted hollandaise instead.

    I start making a hollandaise (in middle of dinner rush) in a pan and.... hey, wait a sec here....  he's allergic to.... what, butter?

    Gahhhh!!! Server lied to me!
    These are hilarious, but I'll share one that's relative Romainely:

    Customer just had dental work done but wanted a Caesar salad... puréed.

    Worst pesto ever! Served it anyway.

    Also:

    Server: "What kind of meat is in the meatloaf?"

    Me: "Beef"

    Server (annoyed): "Yes, but what KIND of beef? Cow, pig, chicken, lamb...!?"

    Me (confused): ".....Uh, beef?"

    Also, billpitcher, you don't need to defend yourself. 

    Welcome, for reals! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
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  20. just jim

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    "Is it white or dark meat in the chicken fried steak?"

    "Well, it's kind of dark....it's beef."

    "No it's not, it's chicken, why do you think it's called chicken fried steak?"

    "Because it's steak...fried like....chicken."
     
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