That was that until I sent that same friend the following tweet yesterday: "are you up for another dining adventure? One that will hopefully be less sucky than Local 3? Are you busy tomorrow night?" What ensued was a completely unexpected twitter conversation.
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_powerwhat was wrong with Local 3? Bad food or something?
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr food was uninspired & server kept forgetting to ring in items I ordered, made up 4 it by comping my friends, drink not mine
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power wow the food was uninspired? What was uninspiring about it? They'd love your feed back Chef Chris is very receptive
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr can't detail everything in 140 characters, would be happy to talk to chef Chris
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power do you remember what you had that night? I just meant you should have talked to Chris and told him or Ryan Turner.
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr you can look at my Foodspotting feed and see what I tried and how I felt about each dish
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power cool. How do I do that? Ill forward it to Local Three folks as well
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power did you speak with the manager? Just curious, I sampled the whole menu would love to hear which dish you found uninspiring?
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr by the time we waited over 20 minutes 4 dessert that didn't show because server never ordered, we were just ready to leave
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr I also think the experience may differ when you try everything 4 free before opening vs going on a busy night & paying
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr have you been back as a regular guest?
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power yep. I've been back several times for lunch and dinner and always payed.
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr you/they can look at my sightings at http://www.foodspotting.com/ultrafoodie
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr just wondering, maybe we picked an off night, or me really, as I suggested it & felt bad when we didn't have a good exprnc
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power yeah I looked at it. Hard to find anything positive in there. Did your poor service effect what you said about the food?
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr I don't think so, it wasn't that bad until the end when dessert didn't come, then I realized I never got pork rinds either
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr we actually joked about it because he seemed nice to us, till the end, but duo next to us walked out due to no service
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power did you talk to the manager? They are a new restaurant if you thought the food was that bad why did you pay, or send it back?
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr I didn't think the food tasted good, that doesn't mean the restaurant should pay for my meal, I just won't be going back
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr I won't send back food that isn't to my taste, it wasn't inedible, there wasn't raw chicken or hair or shards of glass
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power that is terrible to hear. Like I said if you/they didn't talk to the manager they can't fix the food or service problems.
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power yea not for everyone I guess.You seem to be more of burger person, why didn't you get the Mcdowell? To each his own in eating
@poodle_power: @HungrySouthernr I wanted to stick with small plates to try as much as possible, if I'd had the burger I would have eaten 1/2 then been done
@HungrySouthernr: @poodle_power I still think if you thought the food was lacking and had poor service you should have talked to the manager to give feedback
I'm curious, has anyone else experienced anything like this? Would anyone like to pick sides on this one? When is the situation bad enough to bring to the attention of the chef, owner, manager, etc.? What has been your tipping point?
One other question, in regards to fish bones, if you are eating something like a filet of salmon, should it be expected that the restaurant has thoroughly checked the fish and removed any bones? Or is that up to the diner? Does the answer change if the salmon is served as part of a BLT sandwich?