Yesterday, I went to lunch at one of my favorite barbecue joints, Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler, Texas Barbecue, with the producer of my movie project. He and I went there in December, though we're hardly regulars. As much as I Iike the place, don't got there often because it's not convenient, and I only go maybe a couple times a year -- there have been years when I haven't made it over. And he probably hasn't been to the place in 20 years.
Anyway, when it got down to ordering, I double-checked with the waitress about how many beef ribs (my fave) come with the "Three-way dinner plate." She said three, which surprised because another waitress had said two. "Oh, that's because the last time you guys were here, you got the baby back ribs, which only come with two beef ribs. But you said you wanted the spare ribs and those get three."
Say what??? I was flabbergasted. Not about the ribs. What boggled me was not just that she actually remembered us being there two months earlier...but she remembered what we ordered!!!
That, ladies and gents, is a professional and talented waitress. And yes, we tipped her well. Excellence deserves recognition.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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