Pet Please #109: Having Leftovers After Eating at a Restaurant

One of my favorite things in the world are leftovers. When I was a kid, I used to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast and lunch. As an adult, when I cook, I love to have leftovers because it means I have homecooked food without having to cook again. Amazing.

But we all know the best type of leftovers: Restaurant food.

Restaurant food makes for the best leftovers for several reasons:

  1. It’s restaurant food! For me, if I order something in a restaurant, it means that it’s something I can’t make myself. So it’s special, and usually delicious.
  2. You just bought 2 or more meals for the price of 1. Such a great deal!

I recently wrote about my very positive experience ordering the “IDK” (I Don’t Know) menu item from a local cajun-inspired restaurant called The Kitchen Sink. That was exactly 1 month ago.

I hadn’t been back to The Kitchen Sink until this past Monday, and then I went again today for lunch. Both times I ordered the IDK, and both times I not only had an amazing meal, but I had leftovers too, making the experience particularly amazing. Here’s what the chef prepared:

Kitchen 2
Cajun tacos, three ways: blackened shrimp, po’ boy crawfish, and spicy grilled chicken. SO good.
Kitchen 1
Two IDKs: surf and turf on the left, pork chop on right right. Both were amazing, but the pork chop in particular was something special.

Also, I just wanted to give a little shout out to The Kitchen Sink, particularly the owner. On Monday when I was leaving, he asked if I was the blogger that wrote about the IDK, and he shook my hand and thanked me for the post. I can’t really put into words how awesome that was. To have someone as talented as him go out of his way to say hi (and to even recognize me in the first place from the blog)…it was amazing. I want to say that it’s great “customer service,” but it goes well above and beyond that phrase. Whatever it is, I’m a customer for life. If you’re ever in St. Louis and want to try The Kitchen Sink, let me know. I’d be happy to join you for an IDK. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Pet Please #109: Having Leftovers After Eating at a Restaurant”

  1. I would like to offer a response to the question you posed.
    I agree 100% that it is great customer service.
    I think great customer service is the willingness to go beyond the “expected” and give more. Whatever that “more” means to the giver.
    There is always room for growth in the “more” of the giver. That growth is, to me, the most intoxicating and exciting part.
    The giver gets the opportunity to become “more” each time AND invites the other to “more”.
    Vince Tolson

    • Vince: Thanks for your comment. I think that’s well said–going beyond the expected. I’d say that growth is, in a way, contagious. Seeing that level of service makes me want to do more for my customers as well.


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