We’ve all been out to a restaurant and seen that guy. You know him. The one throwing the tantrum because he doesn’t like the table or the way his server “looked at him.” He’s the one who holds up the kitchen by sending back his steak four times because he doesn’t actually know what a medium rare steak looks like. He actually wants it well done but insists that it is medium rare.
Enter The Waiter.
In 2004, New York waiter Steve Dublanica anonymously started a blog called “WaiterRant” using the pseudonym The Waiter. If you’ll forgive the pun, it served as the voice for waiters across North America, describing the woes of working in the service industry. He followed the successful blog with a book and the dramatic reveal of his true identity. Dublanica maintains most restaurant patrons are good people looking for a good meal. The rest get pleasantly skewered in his book.
Well-written and interesting, Waiter Rant doesn’t offer the same kind of intensity or incisive commentary as Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. Nonetheless, it does offer some good-natured musings and anecdotes written in a highly-readable, conversational style. That said, it would be advisable to check out the blog first – it gives you a good sense of where the tone of the book is coming from.