Thursday, July 24, 2008

Restaurants are Cashing in on Condiments

Ah, hemmmm! (Standing on my soapbox) Excuse me. I have to vent a bit..... It is regarding something that has really gotten under my skin. Charging for condiments at restaurants. Condiments, people! This most recently happened to my family at Papa Saia's. It is a place we dine regularly. All of the guys in the family need a hot wing fix and this is where we almost always go. Typically one will at least get one condiment (ranch, blue cheese, honey mustard) with a wing meal , but not at Saia's. They charge 50 cents per cup of a condiment.
And I have noticed that Papa Saia's is not alone, many restaurants have started charging. Ask for an extra side of salad dressing- cha-ching. Ask for some honey mustard for french fries, cha-ching. It is ridiculous. If you are paying for a meal, the condiments should be included. I mean, Big Daddy shouldn't have to pay to top his burger! That should be complimentary to the food we are purchasing. It isn't as if we have a straw sucking it out of the bottle. We use a tablespoon, maybe two. If I knew what I could do to take a stand for condiment lovers, I would. But for now, I am venting on my blog.
It is downright wrong. Let me have ketchup, let me have dressing on my salad, give me mustard...but do NOT charge me 50 cents and up for using it. If I am purchasing the food the dressings should be complimentary. Now, look the other way when I smuggle, out of my purse, syrup for my pancakes, or ketchup for my fries, even my own salad dressing...
Shame on you Restaurant Owners!!!!

Signed,
Condiment Lover in Bloggeritaville

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Zaxby's charges for extra ranch.. RIDICULOUS!!

HEWY said...

Syrup...Syrup..ok, I'm up for the boycott!!

Dullbert said...

Hey that happened to me not long ago can't remember where it was, and like Big D I wasn't ordering extra I just wanted some ranch with the wings. I've thought of going into one of these places and being shall we say difficult, order a burger and say "no onions" and "extra pickles" and if they charge for the extra argue they didn't deduct for the onion. I won't but I've thought about it.

Terri said...

So, no Papa Saia's in beloved Bloggeritaville? Head over to Starbucks for a free drink on Fri/Saturday. I"m sure there's a Starbuck in Bloggeritaville. They are everywhere!

I'm looking for humor today. It's registration and my pet peeve is the $6 mailing fee I have to pay when everything they send me is crap begging for money and the real school stuff is online. And I had to print out 20 pages of paperwork (at my expense). I'm getting worked up again. Where's the Starbucks?

Leigh said...

Michelle, it is ridiculous!
Hewy, I know it will be a strech for you, with the pancakes and all....
Dullbert-Maybe it'll work? I called pizza hut the other night and got into an arguement with the lady about deleting a topping. I had a coupon for a one topping pizza. She said, extra cheese (which I didnt want). I said no, just plain cheese, no extra. She said I had to oder the extra....UGG! These people!
Terri-I feel ya. Yesterday I registered two of my three. Filled out exactly 47 pages of paperwork between the two (# three comes tomorrow-better save my ink..)and paid a bizzilion dollars. I need free! I guess it is why the condiment thing sent me over the edge a bit. But really, it ticks me off. For the love.....

"J" said...

Hooters has ALWAYS charged per ranch! For real and I love Hooters! That didn't sound good! I love HOT WINGS at Hooters! Much better! So yeah I pay for the extra 1 or 2 ranch dressings! I was so pissed the other day when I went to Jack In the Box and ordered Spicy Chicken Bites for myself and a co-worked...the co-worked wanted an extra ranch and they were going to charge me! For real! Fast food places are charging too! What a joke! It makes me mad and I'm glad you blogged about it!

A few weekends back Mr "S" and I went to a local grill up at the lake and they don't make their sweet tea they buy it already made (IT TASTED LIKE CRAP)! So I sent mine back and said I can't drink this! Why don't yall make your own sweet tea. The waiter said sugar cost to much! I said yall are wasting your money on this sweet tea because people won't drink it! They serve their drinks with really fancy straws (hello cut back there), they also plate their food with a watermelon slice, green fancy leaf lettuce and a orange slice. I wished they would cut back on that and just serve GOOD tasting sweet tea!

Tammy said...

I have noticed the same thing! It is ludicrous and we should not stand for it!

Travis said...

Condiment lovers unite!

This is the equivalent of coin operated milk/creamer/sugar dispensers at the coffee shop. I realize that costs for everything are going up, and that restaurants pass these costs to the consumer.

But while I'm willing to pay a bit more for my meal to cover those costs, I'm not willing to pay for salad dressings or sides of Ranch for my fries.

And I agree with "J"...dispense with the fancy garnish and give us free condiments!

Where can I sign the petition??