A couple of weeks ago, I went off on one of my patented rants about a disappointing meal we had at Lebanon, one of our favorite spots.
I’m not linking to it here, and you won’t find it in our archives, because it is now the first thing we’ve ever written that we’ve subsequently taken down.
There wasn’t anything factually wrong with it: We did have a bad experience, and the service wasn’t good. And it prompted some conversation in a forum on NewOrleans.com. Some of those folks, as well as a commenter on our own blog, weren’t too keen on the laborious manner in which we split the check.
Here are some other comments on splitting checks:
…that does make it less likely a calculator will be produced at the table for the hideous purpose of splitting the check, a practice that should be illegal in any civilized country. -January 8, 2011
…there is a special circle of Hell reserved for restaurants who deliberately and grossly overbook (I’m not sure which one, but I think it’s between the check-splitters and the scheduling-a-wedding-during-Jazzfest people). -April 7, 2010
The author of those quotes? Yep, you guessed it: me. So I managed to breezily pass over being guilty of one of my own cardinal dining rules. More importantly, the more I thought about the post, the less good it seemed. I try to keep the humor in my rants, and some of them strike a chord in readers. I try for snarky and funny, but the more I reread this one it seemed like snarky and mean, which isn’t where I want to be, and not what we want our writing to be about.
The other half of this writing duo advised me that if it continued to weigh on me that was all the answer I needed about what was the right thing to do. So my apologies to Lebanon, a very good restaurant, to a server who was probably just having a shitty day, and to you who read us. All of you deserved better than a nasty pile-on.
Today’s leap day, so I take that opportunity for a little do over, and I’ll try to stay on the high road in the future.