Trade Secrets from a Waitress


Insider tips for a successful restaurant meal from someone who really knows-your waitress.

1. Avoid slow times as well as busy ones.

Most diners know that during busy times, like lunchtime, holidays or Saturday nights service can be less than attentive. The very slow times, like Monday nights, snowy days and that period between lunch and dinner can be just as bad. Only a bare-bones staff is on hand and those people are more interested in reading the paper, having their own meal or checking their cellphone messages than in making sure your water glass is full. For the best service at most restaurants, aim for times where business is steady but not overly busy.