We were finishing the main course of our anniversary dinner when our waiter returned. He asked “Are you still enjoying this course, or may I take your plates?” I was shocked: he was the first waiter not to ask me “Are you still working on that?” My unspoken response to that question is “You’re working, I’m eating,” but It didn’t even cross my mind.
I could argue that “Are you still enjoying this course?” could be interpreted as “Have you stopped enjoying this course?,” but I’ll stick with the positive interpretation.
Do not ask, “Are you still working on that?” Dining is not work — until questions like this are asked.
I don’t disagree with any of the rules, and I agree with the author’s qualifier:
I realize that every deli needs a wisecracking waiter, most pizza joints can handle heavy metal, and burgers always taste better when delivered by a server with tattoos and tongue piercing(s).
The only thing missing is a set of rules for dealing with waiters who have Too Much Personality: I’m looking at you, Tony at the Summer Shack.