Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday, December 29th

More hellacious service at Harrimans Grill this morning. Below is my $10 'Bloody Mary' after I pulled the bacon out of it. Even though our server knew I was vegan due to a lame discussion she chose to have with another server over whether or not Mr. SVegetarian and I should order the buffet (a whole other ridiculous situation I won't go in to).  She directed a teenage boy to 'get this lovely lady a Bloody Mary' after it was determined nothing on the buffet was vegan. The drink was delivered while I was in the lovely ladies room....
No one ever came back to check on us, and the bacon sat in a saucer to the side of our table during the rest of the meal. I did take about five sips of the drink, Mr. SVegetarian advised against it, but I did so because  I felt they probably would've just taken the bacon out of it like I did and brought the same drink back to the table...
We were able to get one of the teenage boys to bring our check. He gave us our Chocolate Croissants gratis since they never served them. We got them with a 'to go' box. Harrimans is the only local place with Tofu Scramble, so I can't make a stink there knowing I'll be back. None of this would've ever happened at LPQ though. I will chalk it all up to a valuable lesson to request my future(?) Bloody Marys without actual blood. 
Japanese Golden Chop with Roasted Cauliflower and Blessed Mama's Sauteed Dino Kale with Criminis for dinner. ...
Randy Radish Jelly Donut for dessert. I swear there was tons of jelly as I delved further into the donut...
It's amazing how a piece of bacon in one's drink can set off a crappy mood that lasts the whole day.

7 comments:

Hannah said...

Ah. I was wondering why you keep going back when your experiences are so often terrible, but now I see. What if you asked another place to make tofu scramble, promising them your everlasting love (patronage)?

I'm full of suggestions lately. Ugh.

Sarah said...

Ugh that really sucks that the service sucks so much and that the employees are so apathetic and vapid. After reading about the bloody mary debacle the breakfast didn't even look that good to me anymore. I'm surprised that you got a bloody mary since you didn't seem to like it the last time? Maybe it's a sign to stick with mimosas? At least you finally hit a jelly jackpot in that donut because a jellyless jelly donut would have been a crappy way to end the day.

Sarah said...

PS I don't think I've said the word "jelly" that much in one day never mind one sentence!

foodfeud said...

Oh man, what an annoying morning. I totally know what you mean about one thing ruining a day... but this seems like it was even more than one thing.
I recently ordered a Bloody mary at a flea market held in a local bar, since I make them occasionally at home and get them at Pine Box and didn't even realize they aren't usually vegan. Ugh it tasted like clam juice but at least there wasn't a stick of bacon in it. Bleh. I'm with Sarah on the mimosa thing.
On the bright side... you still have Golden Chop? And teenage boys.

Ingrid said...

Ugh! What a frustrating experience. Waitstaff can be so irritating, and it sounds like Harriman's is in need of new management!

At least dinner and dessert were delicious.

Abby Bean said...

What is bacon doing in a Mary anyway? I was once at a restaurant where someone in our large group was served a sandwich with a hair in it. She kindly & respectfully, yet forcefully explained that she'd like a replacement and would "hold onto" "this one" until then. It was beautiful.

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Hey Now!!!!

Hannah, I've actually talked to a local vegan-friendly place about offering Tofu Scramble and their response was that the chef wanted to avoid soy products.

Sarah, you have no idea how much I wanted to go like "Duh! You just made a huge scene about how I'm vegan and now you serve me this drink?' It wasn't easy staying nice. Yes, the universe has taught me a valuable lesson - avoid the Bloody Marys. You are a serious Jelly Donut fan, aren't you?

FF, Clam Juice?! I wonder if that was in my drink too? Probably so. Yes, I need to stock up on more Golden Chops. However, if I never see another teenage boy, that's okay with me.

Ingrid, seriously, it's amazing how wait-staff can affect a meal.

Abby, that was a brilliant move on your friends part! I never would've thought to say I'll hang on to my existing drink! Not that there was anyone to say it to. I'll remember that if there's ever a next time. Which I hope there isn't but there probably will be.