In Kansas City this past weekend, we ate out at a number of great restaurants, including Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, Urban Table, Blue Koi, Sushi Uni, and Minsky’s Pizza. After almost every delicious meal, we had some food leftover (some combination of us wanting to try a lot of different dishes and the serving sizes being consistently huge). Fortunately, I love leftovers!
At a few of the restaurants, the servers took the leftovers away, packed them up, and returned with them in to-go containers. At others, they brought empty to-go containers to us, and we filled them.
I’m curious: Which method do you like more?
For the first method (server packs up the food), it’s certainly more convenience for the customer. However, as a former server, I don’t like to inconvenience them when they have other tables to take care of. Also, sometimes servers pack up elements of the dish that I wouldn’t keep, like the onions I’ve pushed to the side on my plate.
I will say that one of the restaurants (Urban Table) wrote the date on the to-go containers, which was a really nice touch. I appreciate that extra effort.
For the second method (you pack up the food), I like that I can keep exactly what I want without bothering a busy server. The downside is that it isn’t always easy to do on a crowded table, and certain dishes (soups and anything slippery) don’t transfer well from plate to container. I also like the option to combine dishes into containers exactly as I wish, like if multiple people want to take a mix of food or if I want to conserve space by using 1 container instead of 3.
Overall, I think I prefer to pack up my own leftovers. What’s your preference and why?