Millions of people have, at some point in their lives, waited tables. Some did it only in college or got out by sheer determination, good luck...or suicide. Others took it on as permanent employment. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole servers in restaurants packed with complaining patrons.
For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa has your back. His career began at a Texas steakhouse in 1984, and since 2008 he's vented his frustrations on the popular blog The Bitchy Waiter.
A snarky mix of David Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Erma Bombeck, and Mo Rocca, Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales - about crazy customers, out-of-control egos, and what really goes on in that fancy restaurant - that anyone who worked in the industry will recognize and relate to.
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Such a funny book! On top of the comedic stories, there are several heartwarming moments. This is the first book I have ever read that has made me literally laugh out loud. This is a must-read for anyone involved in the food service industry and an eye opener for anyone who isn't.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Cardosa said he started working in a restaurant while in high school. After college he continued in the industry while trying to make a career as a writer. He says he has worked in all types of restaurants, from neighborhood cafes, fast food to upscale celebrity chef spots and has worked all over the country.
The book has some funny stories about lousy tippers, obnoxious diners to misbehaved children. He also includes some dos and don’ts for diners which I thought were helpful. I could not believe that people would expect the waiter to run to a store to purchase something the restaurant did not provide on its menu or was out of that day. It is hard to believe the rudeness of people and in some ways the casual disregard is worse.
Cardosa said over two million people wait tables in this country. Cardosa says “Everyone should wait tables for three months. They’d understand what it’s like to have a job that’s considered subservient. People who’ve never been in that position don’t understand how easy it is to make someone feel degraded.”
I worked as a waitress while I was in high school; it is not a job I would care to do again. I did learn how tough the business world could be. The job greatly improved my memory as we were not allowed to write the orders down; we had to memorize them. Just think if you had six tables of four people each and everyone ordered something different. I have found that skill helpful over the years.
The book is well written and a delight to read. Cardosa did a good job narrating the book.
I eat in a restaurant once or twice a week. Sometimes when I am waiting for my meal to arrive I watch the servers doing their work. Even in a moderately priced chain restaurant, it takes skill to do the job well. One reason I read this book was to to get more insight into what it's like to do this job.
Darren Cardosa finds humor in customer behavior that made me cringe. It is easy to understand why he is sometimes "bitchy." His narration is superb.
I found this book to be entertaining, informative and very funny. A perfect "summer read."
And also very funny. Insult-comic funny. Spit-take funny. Loved it.
If you want to laugh out loud and learn a little something about what your server is thinking when, for instance, you present a clean plate and jokingly say the food was just terrible, get this book. (Just in case you imagine (as I did) that you're the only person who thought of that little joke, you're not.)
Worth the credit for the fun.
I can go on and on with all the hilarious tales in Darron's book. Plenty of welcomed snark throughout and my favorite, a heartwarming story about an elderly couple. If you can relate at all to the everyday tribulations of server or retail life, I highly recommend this wonderful book! It's best on audio to get the highest listening experience, but I'm pretty sure I'll buy an actual copy anyway! Tip your server!
Love books love story's love using this as a way to detox
As someone who works retail I understood how customers can get out of control, however what seemed sooo strange to me was that out of all the stories in the book there were only 3 that make me see the human side of the bitchy waiter at all. The story about the passing of his dog, the older couple were the wife had dementia and the Linda Laven story ..all of theses stories and that is all to make him human ☹️ I feel this could have been sooo much more.
I didn't like the crude language. There was too much of it. Clean up the language, be a little bit les bitchy, and it might be ok. Mostly just complaining. We all have work that we do for someone and have to buck up.
No, I enjoy reading amusing books about real-life jobs and people. This book is a Waiter Rant" want-to-be book. Waiter Rant was very funny and not as annoying. The Bitchy Waiter was just what the title said it is. Plus, there were a few really gross parts. I'm trying to erase them from my mind. Not to say there weren't some sweet and funny moments. There were. But the negatives outweigh the positives for me.
No problem with the narration.
I did play editor: I ended up skipping some chapters just to move on.
If you enjoy these true-life work stories, try Heads in Beds (hotel work), and Waiter Rant. Both good listens.
These stories would be entertaining if told over several strong drinks with a group of coworkers at the end of a hard shift waiting tables. However, they lose much of their charm when listened to driving along the interstate.
I can almost hear the author complaining about this review, "Well, what did you f*ckin expect--it's called "THE BITCHY WAITER"! Yes, but if you go to a restaurant and order a dish described as "tart" you expect it to at least be balanced and palatable. While some of his snarky bitchiness is clever and entertaining, his tart wit quickly deteriorates into cloyingly bitter, mean spirited whining.
While the the whiny narration fits the subject well, it quickly becomes grating and tiresome.
Well, I got as far as four chapters and gave up there. So, based on my experience, I would say the first four chapters...
I worked in restaurants for years when I was younger, and I know some of the fascinating characters you meet there, as well as the annoying customers. This book would have been more enjoyable if he focused more on the fascinating characters and less on the annoying customers.
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