Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. WAITER RANT offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Thro...more
Maybe to start I can point you to the author. Yes, the book is written anonymously. The author had for four years written a blog about his experience as a waiter in a New York restaurant and needed to preserve his anonymity in order to prevent mayhem at his workplace. But you may notice that there is an actual name displayed up at the top of this
The author revealed
Steve Dublanica' ...more
I'm wary of books that start off as blogs. "Waiter Rant," however, turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
I recognized many anecdotes from the original blog, but in almost every case the original has been refined and enriched. Walter Dublanica (known here as "the Waiter") does a good job of showing us the considerable skills and great patience needed to be a server in a good restaurant. Also, as a former seminary student, he is sensitive to the moral dimensions of the situations he often finds hi ...more
You don't tell me how to behave. You don't tell me that I can't ask to change tables when you have seated me by the toilets. You don't tell me that I don't have the right to complain the food is undercooked. And you certainly don't t ...more
Also, while ...more
Written by Steve 'The Waiter' Dublanica - which sounds like an old-school or low-rent pro wrestler's name, right? - Waiter Rant details his time in the trenches at two New York City-based eateries at the start of the 21st century. At that time Dublanica was in his 30's, somewhat older than average for someone in that full-time position. (As he notes, in the U.S. - unlike Europe - is it not often a lifetime career choice or d ...more
To be fair, this is not a bad book, nor is it a terribly interesting one. Alas, Waiter Rant is by one waiter who depends upon his ...more
The whole book is formatted like "I don't normally hate _________, but _____ really gets my goat" or "I'm not racist, but [race] are the worst people ever" or "I don't hate homosexuals but I will readily engage in homophobic banter for fun." He prefaces every rude statement with a prior statement that tries to make up for the following statement. If the words you are saying make you sound li ...more
1. The Waiter isn't a particularly good writer.
2. He could at times be a little condescending, which kind of pisses me off.
So in regards to numero uno...this wasn't necessarily a deal-breaker. I don't think Waiter thinks he's writing epic literature here, so his less than stellar writing didn't ruin my life or anything. It read like a blog - I suppose because it is a blog - so really, just like with any blog, I was hoping just to get a few laughs and ...more
Anyway, Waiter Rant was filled with meaningful anecdotes - some of them were emotionally driven and powerful, others were more on the cynical and disturbing side. The book managed to hold my interest, and the writing was good but not superb. Recommended for people who are ...more
This book was rather disappointing. Sorry Steve I don't care that you don't like your coworkers, get an ass rash or drink too much. I want amusing anecdotes about annoying foodies, drunk customers, ...more
Calling 20% tippers "average pain ...more
The Waiter is an OK writer, but he co ...more
I guess I've read too many kitchen/restaurant books because nothing in this seemed new or original to me.
Writing is fine and I think many will enjoy this but I think I came too late to this party
My chief complaint is presumably the editor didn’t insist the writing quality be brought up to non-blog writing standards. The most ...more
That said, it's probably best if you're in the customer dealing circuit and feeling particularly bitter that day, and even then, it can get aggravating. I can agree with the types of customers, you can see them everywhere, and while this is supposedly nonfiction, it does feel like fiction half of the time.
He's bitterly honest about his faults, and the fau ...more
I kept notes while ...more
The subject content of the book was a whole different story. I thought it was OK for the most of the book. But then the author just kept annoying me. I noticed how he tried to slip in ho ...more