Question- Do you tip the restaurant owner?

restaurant table setting

In the US, it’s generally accepted that when you eat at a restaurant, you must tip. The general guideline is 15-20%, more or less, and is based on the performance of the server. There are many differing opinions on gratuities, especially with individuals who have themselves been servers/waiters/waitresses.

I like to eat at mom and pop restaurants. At many of these restaurants, the owner or family will be the one serving your food. After you meal, do you tip the owner?

I feel uncomfortable tipping the owner of a restaurant. I feel like it’s almost an insult to the owner. Tipping carries an underlying connotation of class structure. You tip people that serve you. By tipping someone, you are implying that (for this interaction at least) you are above them. This is further cemented by the accepted salary for waitstaff which is $2.13 an hour in Texas. many waiters and waitresses depend on tips to make a living.

I do not own a restaurant, but as an entrepreneur, I consider restaurateur to be a position of prestige. By tipping the owner, you are lowering the class of the owner. I may be way off base here, but I don’t believe a restaurateur goes into business expecting to make tips. You figure out your costs and other variables and set your prices to make a profit. The owner is not being paid $2.13 an hour.

It’s stupid to assume that there aren’t restaurant owners out there that want/need that extra money. And if you like a restaurant, it makes sense that you want to help the restaurant stay afloat. I think a better policy would be to order extra food or dessert to go. Bring this food to a friend with a business card or takeout menu. Here’s the important part: be sure to tell the owner that you loved the food so much that you’re bringing some to a friend. You are supporting your local restaurant without tipping. Even more so, you are spreading the word about the restaurant and potentially generating more business. Do you think the owner would rather have your 5 bucks now or more people coming through the doors?

Do you think restaurant owners should be tipped?

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Bennigan’s going out of business! Holy crap!

Bennigans going out of businessThis news is seriously coming out of nowhere for me! According to news floating around, Bennigan’s is closing it’s doors IMMEDIATELY. No more Monte Christo sandwiches or Irish Haystacks for you! It sounds like the franchise restaurants still have a chance of staying open though.

From what I’ve been reading on various blogs, I seem to live near the only Bennigan’s with good food. Anyone else like Bennigan’s or am I the only one eating there?

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Texas Starbucks closings *whimper*

Starbucks Texas Closings

In case you haven’t heard, Starbucks is closing 600 stores nationwide due to economic woes. The Huffington Post released a list of all of them today so you can find out if your favorite cute barista may be displaced! There are 4 closings in Arlington, TX alone!!

Here’s a list of the Texas Starbucks(es?) that are closing soon:

TEXAS

6236 SOUTH ARLINGTON 1201 W ARBROOK ARLINGTON TX
6299 COOPER & GREEN OAKS 5435 S COOPER ARLINGTON TX
6301 COLLINS & GREEN OAKS 2733 N COLLINS ARLINGTON TX
9540 MATLOCK & BARDIN 4645 MATLOCK ARLINGTON TX
6403 S CONGRESS AND ACADEMY 1007 S CONGRESS AUSTIN TX
14121 MOPAC & SLAUGHTER 5000 W SLAUGHTER AUSTIN TX
9675 HWY 83 & BOCA CHICA 100 EXPRESSWAY 83 BROWNSVILLE TX
9300 US 377 & US 67 300 W COMMERCE BROWNWOOD TX
11558 SPID & WEBER 3920 S PADRE ISLAND DR CORPUS CHRISTI TX
11943 STAPLES & DODDRIDGE 3738 STAPLES CORPUS CHRISTI TX
6262 GREENVILLE & MATALEE 3715 GREENVILLE AVE DALLAS TX
6280 PRESTON & BELTLINE 14891 PRESTON RD DALLAS TX
6370 LOVERS LANE & GREENVILLE AVE 5500 GREENVILLE AVE DALLAS TX
6372 CAMP WISDOM RD & HWY 67 3431 CAMP WISDOM RD DALLAS TX
6387 SKILLMAN AND AUDELIA 9090 SKILLMAN ST DALLAS TX
10758 NORTHPARK MALL II 8687 N CENTRAL EXP DALLAS TX
10759 LBJ & MONTFORT 5631 LBJ FWY DALLAS TX
10877 ILLINOIS & WESTMORELAND 3403 W ILLINOIS AVE DALLAS TX
14144 COIT & 635 7995 LBJ DALLAS TX
6963 PLEASANT RUN & HAMPTON RD 900 N HAMPTON RD DESOTO TX
8135 CEDAR RIDGE & WHEATLAND RD 107 S CEDAR RIDGE DR DUNCANVILLE TX
13356 MONTANA & MCRAE 9615 MONTANA RD EL PASO TX
6282 SPRING VALLEY & MIDWAY 13901 MIDWAY RD FARMERS BRANCH TX
10057 CAMP BOWIE & HULEN 4603 CAMP BOWIE FORT WORTH TX
10086 HULEN MALL 4800 S HULEN ST FORT WORTH TX
14145 MCCART & ALTAMESA 6221 MCCART AVE FORT WORTH TX
13928 FM 423 LEBANON 5605 FM 423 FRISCO TX
14096 WARREN & DALLAS PKWY 6801 WARREN PKWY FRISCO TX
10295 FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER 470 CONEFLOWER DR GARLAND TX
6274 SHEPHERD & FARNHAM 3821 SHEPHARD HOUSTON TX
7944 I-45 & RED RIPPLE 6001 N FWY HOUSTON TX
9615 HWY 249 & ANTOINE 12503 TOMBALL PKWY HOUSTON TX
10056 MAIN & DALLAS 914 DALLAS ST HOUSTON TX
10650 FANNIN & PRESTON 1018 PRESTON HOUSTON TX
11562 WESTHEIMER & BRIARGREEN 14333 WHEIMER RD HOUSTON TX
13479 BELLAIRE & WILCREST 10611 BELLAIRE BLVD HOUSTON TX
13672 FANNIN & MACGREGOR 6400 FANNIN ST HOUSTON TX
11563 DEERBROOK MALL 20131 HWY 59 HUMBLE TX
11072 HWY 77 & GENERAL CAVAZOS 1401 E GENERAL CAVAZOS KINGSVILLE TX
11565 ZAPATA HWY & CHESTNUT 2201 CHESTNUT LAREDO TX
2977 TOWN EAST MALL 2228 TOWN E BLVD MESQUITE TX
13797 HWY 271 & WHITE STREET 901 S JEFFERSON AVE MT PLEASANT TX
13395 LAMAR & LOOP 286 3855 NE LOOP 286 PARIS TX
11074 I-27 & HWY 70 1301 I-27 NORTH PLAINVIEW TX
6288 PRESTON & HWY 121 8600 PRESTON PLANO TX
6666 COIT AND HWY 190 340 COIT RD PLANO TX
10576 COLLIN CREEK MALL 811 N CENTRAL EXWY PLANO TX
13838 HWY 75 & PARK BLVD 1881 CENTRAL EXWY PLANO TX
11301 I-35 & RED OAK 502 N I-35 RED OAK TX
10528 CHERRY & BUSINESS 35 1205 HWY 35 N ROCKPORT TX
11302 HWY 59 & HWY 36 27943 SW FWY ROSENBERG TX
11982 59 & HWY 762 24406 SW FWY ROSENBURG TX
6221 SAN PEDRO/BITTERS 13429 SAN PEDRO AVE SAN ANTONIO TX
10924 RIO GRANDE & LAURENT 1310 E RIO GRANDE VICTORIA TX
13332 VALLEY MILLS & WACO DR 4300 W WACO DR WACO TX
9930 GREEN OAKS & HWY 183 500 B HWY 183 W WHITE SETTLEMENT TX
14246 US 287 & MAURINE 2009 MAURINE ST WICHITA FALLS TX

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Join the Arby’s Rescue Brigade!

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America is in desperate need of a fast food revolution, and the Arby’s Rescue Brigade is here to save the day! The Brigade-a dedicated group of enthusiasts whose mission is to save the world from ordinary fast food-is searching for a new member to help prevent everyone from falling victim to another boring burger.

In order to apply, individuals need to go beyond the typical cover letter and resume. Applicants must prepare creative videos explaining their passion for Arby’s and why
they’re fit to join the Brigade. The most qualified contender will win the opportunity to star in an upcoming Arby’s commercial and free Arby’s food for a year. The deadline to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is quickly approaching – all entries must be received by June 30th!

Arbys Rescue BrigadeFor more information about how to apply, visit www.arbysrescuebrigade.com and click on the video contest link.

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A good day for free food!

Today, you can go to McDonald’s and try out their new Southern style chicken sandwich for free if you buy a large or medium drink. It’s basically their version of a Chikfila sandwich, but free is free!

If you’re feeling a little sluggish, you can also check out Dunkin Donuts for a free iced coffee today. Click here for a store locator:

https://www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/store/Search.aspx 

Top the day off with some free sampling at your local warehouse club and you’ve got yourself a great day.

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Review- Airways Hamburgers in Arlington

Airways Hamburgers in Arlington, TX reviewSituated directly across the new Dallas cowboys stadium, Airways burgers is in a prime location to make it big! Seriously, you could almost throw a rock at the stadium(though, apparently, they don’t want you to try). So as part of our April search for the best burger under 2 bucks in Arlington, we gave them a try!

Airways boasts charcoal grilled burgers and a great atmosphere. They are well priced- most burgers about 3 bucks- but unfortunately, the only burger that meets our 2 dollar limit is the Jr Burger for $1.69. And boy is it junior. And it doesn’t make up for it in the flavor department either. The charcoal grilled patty came with mustard and pickles on a bun. It tasted like burnt meat, mustard and pickles on a bun. Come on, just because you use charcoal doesn’t mean you have to burn it to prove it.

And if you’re saying “well… it’s a junior burger, it’s meant for kids”, I have 2 things to say. First, kids like good tasting food too- though maybe with a slightly skewed palette. And B, I also had their Hickory burger which consisted of a bigger patty, chopped onions and bbq sauce on a bun. This burger was also burnt and the onions were entirely overwhelming. And I love onions. I couldn’t even finish it, even though I left hungry.

So to recap, the burger was burnt, tasted bad and small. Airways Hamburgers gets 1 out of 5. Not awesome at all.

Rating= 1

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netfoodie’s quest for the best burgers in Arlington Texas!

Best burgers in Arlington, TXWe’re going to start a new running theme. Every month, we’re going to choose a new food and find out who makes it best in Arlington. Whew, a break from snack food reviews! We’re not getting paid to do this(yet?) so each segment will also be affordable to the average college student(ie- me). Throughout the month, we’ll visit local restaurants that meet the criteria and review their foodwares. At the end of the month, we’ll crown a winner!

April is burger month! We’re going to scour Arlington Texas for the best cheap burger. With the price of gas everything going up, it’s good to know where you can still get a great burger for cheap! Here’s the criteria:

  • Must be under 2 dollars(before tax)- this will limit our selections to the basic burger and keep it affordable. Sorry, no triple bacon Kobe beef burger with truffle butter here!
  • We will review the burger closest to 2 bucks without going over(price is right rules!)
  • All burgers will be reviewed with “all the fixins”(veggies and condiments)
  • Must be in Arlington or the immediate surrounding area.
  • We’re going to stay away from the big guys: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Sonics, etc. We love indie restaurants here!

Stay tuned or follow this link to check out our quest for the best burgers in Arlington!

http://www.netfoodie.com/tag/best-burger/

If any Arlingtonians Arlingtonites Arlingtonauts? local folks have any suggestions, please comment! Where is the best place to get cheap burgers in Arlington?

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Arlington: Cousin Jack’s Steak Pasties coming soon?!

Ok, I want to first point out that I only knew of one definition of pasty before today. A pasty, to me, is a little adhesive patch that is used to cover nipples, for sheer clothing or often used in strip clubs. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this banner hanging on a building in south Arlington:

Arlington TX Cousin Jacks Steak Pasties

Did they leave the ‘r’ off of pastries?! No, they wouldn’t have missed that. Is it a meat product made to cover nipples? Hmmm….

Brad Pitt Steak Pasties

No, that would be way too messy. I don’t even know what kind of glue you would have to use. It must be something else. Teach me, oh internet gods.

So apparently, pasties are also meat filled pies. Pssh, take the easy way out why don’t you. Still these things sound/look delicious!

Meat Pasty

I can’t wait to review these for you guys! No word as to when they’re opening, but when I hear something, I’ll post it up meat pie style!

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I like my pizza Fuzzy!

Fuzzy’s Pizza on Antoine

My family has been going to Fuzzy’s Pizza & Cafe in Houston for as long as I can remember. We used to go there for big family gatherings – it’s noisy and very casual – a great place for kids. I remember the pizza slices being huge, with a ton of melted cheese and liberally applied greasy pepperoni – it was GREAT! I went to college and moved out of the city, but the memory of Fuzzy’s as the best pizza remained fresh in my memory. I returned for the first time in about 5 years and a lot has changed. The restaurant has doubled in size, they pizza’s more expensive, and they are constantly packed. All that aside – it’s still the best pizza in Houston. The slices aren’t quite as big as I remember them being – but then again, I have grown a bit.

Fuzzy’s makes their sauce and dough from scratch and they use only the freshest ingredients. They’re busy every night so go early for the best service. Speaking of which: I’ve read a lot of complaints of poor quality in food or service. I’ve been several times since my visit to the new Fuzzy’s and I’ve never had anything but the best food. Sometimes the service is weak, but that’s to be expected when a restraint that seats 120 people has 130 people in it and their also processing to-go orders.

Fuzzy’s is also a bit more expensive than the regular Papa Hut-ino’s chain pizza. A large 1 – topping will run you $17 while their large specialty pizza’s run about $23.50. Conveniently, you can also order pizza by the slice for $2.25 + .25 for each standard topping. They offer more than pizza too (but really – who goes to Fuzzy’s and doesn’t order pizza?!) catering to the pasta and hot and cold sandwich crowd as well. In my opinion (and I guess that’s what you’re reading this for) the pizza is well worth the price. I hit up Fuzzy’s every time I’m in town.

Must order: Large New York style Pepperoni pizza on wheat crust. A large pie will feed 3 adults easily. Add a large Greek salad (loaded with kalamata olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese) and you can make it a meal for 5 pretty easily.

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Review- Taste of Thai- Arlington, TX

Taste of Thai frontAngela and I were driving around hungry with our recent room mate, James(if you ask, he goes by Jim but I refuse), who is somewhat new to the area and has a strong taste for almost all things Asian. The idea of Thai food was brought up, so I figured I’d show him the ones I know of in the area. We ended up at Taste of Thai at Arkansas and 360. I’d seen it before, but never actually dined there. Always up for an adventure, we took a step inside.

The atmosphere inside is very cozy and almost romantic. There are paintings of Southeast Asia on the wall that really built up the ambiance. A few reminded me of something my Cambodian parents would probably have. As a general note about small Asian restaurants, it seems pretty common to have a modest appearance but serve great food. That’s perfectly fine with me, I’m there to eat! Taste of Thai really breaks this mold with a great atmosphere.

They have a huge menu- and I took forever to decide as usual. I went for the Taste of Thai Spicy Beef ($8.95), James had the Panang Curry Chicken ($8.95) and Angela had the Noodles with Chicken in Brown Sauce ($7.75).

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Cici’s Pizza to bring the zesty back.

Check out the sign I saw today while driving by a Cici’s Pizza:

Cici’s pizza bringing the zesty back

It made me do a double-take and I had to go back and snap a pic for you guys! And it finally answers the age long question: what do Cici’s Pizza and Justin Timberlake have in common? Enjoy!

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Taqueria Mexicana- Arlington, TX Barbacoa Gordita review

Taquiera Mexican Arlington GorditaWhen I’m in the mood for Mexican food, and I really mean MEXICAN- not tex-mex, I drive around looking for a mom and pop type establishment. What that usually means is that you’ll have a very low chance that someone there speaks English. That’s okay because food is a universal language! If there is someone that speaks English well there, you have about a 1 in 3 chance that the person will be the cashier AND under 13 years of age. That’s when you know you’re going to get some good food at a good deal! Seriously, no sarcasm implied!

Here in Arlington, that place for me is Taqueria Mexicana in downtown-ish Arlington on Collins St. They’re right across the street from where they’re building the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. That means they’re either going to get LOTS of business OR they’ll get bought out. I hope it’s the prior option. They have great food at awesome prices and they’re even open till 3am on Friday and Saturdays! Their menu does have some English on it, enough to pick out what you want. I usually just drop by and get a few tacos- $1.35 each. With tacos, you get a choice of flour or corn tortillas. I was a flour guy, but recently have started delving into the corn tortillas and they’re pretty tasty too. They’re filled cilantro and onions(optional) with your choice of meat- asado(steak), barbacao (mexican bbq- more of a stewed beef), chicken, fried pork, chicharron(pork rinds cooked in spices), lengua(tongue) or intestine. I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to try the last 2, but I’m sure they’re tasty too. I have tried the chicharron though and it’s pretty good. I like to order 1 with other tacos because it adds a little “moisture” to my meal. And by moisture, I mean fat. They include limes and green salsa to add to taste. Add them.

Last night, I decided to venture away from my usual tacos and try a barbacoa gordita. Only $2.50! Now some of you are thinking, “Oh, Taco Bell has gorditas too!”. Wrong. Taco Bell uses what seems to be a warmed up pita. The gordita I got was a really thick corn tortilla, grilled, split and stuffed with barbacoa meat, beans, lettuce, tomato slices and avocado slices. Squeeze a little lime on it and add a little green salsa and you’re set.

The Gordita ExperienceEating the gordita wasn’t something I’d want to do in a car. It was definitely a messy ordeal. First, I tried a fork and knife but everything seemed to be falling apart using that method. I reverted to just picking up the entire thing and eating it like a burger. Check out the pictures for how that worked out for me. The gordita was savory from the meat, chewy from the tortilla and creamy from avocado. I did need to add a little salt, but that was probably from my choice of barbacoa. I’d probably go with asado or something else more flavorful next time.

If you’re looking for real Mexican food at great prices, definitely check out Taquiera Mexican. Wherever you go, be sure to keep your eye out for the little mom and pop places. That’s where you get REAL food. And if you don’t know any Spanish(I took a little in high school), just point at something on the menu and odds are you’ll get something good. I’d steer clear of the tongue and intestine for right now, though.

Taqueria Mexicana in Arlington

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