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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Eat My Charlotte

Re: “Featured Dish: Clams/Mussels pizza

Really. So, good!

Posted by Keia Calei Mastrianni on 04/09/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Featured Dish: Clams/Mussels pizza

fish and cheese? really

Posted by GodFatherOfLunch on 04/07/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The argument for afternoon tea

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Posted by Emily Parvin on 04/02/2014 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Beer Bellies Unite: Craft Beer Crawl comes to South End

Are there tickets to this event? If so, how do I get them?

Thanks.

Posted by MaggieDay on 03/12/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Brooklyn Water Bagel comes to Charlotte

I tried the bagels- and so far these are the best BAGELS in Charlotte. This is coming from a
former New Yawker!

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Posted by Marlene on 02/16/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Why do the black shows on the Food Network suck ass?

WTF ... I was at the gym this morning on the stair climber surfing channels. Then I came across this charismatic man whipping up a superb Valentines Day meal! I really love
The show I saw today; he is entertaining, he has personality, he is passionate about what he does and I am so impressed by what I saw today I am cooking the crab stuffed shrimp on Saturday and I'm going to look for the hibiscus preserves, etc so I can make that beautiful cocktail he concocted on his show. You are way too hard on Big Daddy ... I think he is great!

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Posted by Wanda Williams on 02/14/2014 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Brooklyn Water Bagel comes to Charlotte

I just want to find a REAL egg bagel--like the fresh,still hot still hot from the oven bagels I used to eat made in TRENTON, NJ

Posted by JELLY BEAN on 02/11/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Why do the black shows on the Food Network suck ass?

Hey douche! You must be related to Paula Dean. The Food Network sucks in general. Cupcake Wars, Cutthroat Kitchen, Candy apple headed Giada and her Cheshire Cat grin, lesbo Anne Burrell who looks as if she is in her last trimester. It's not color that's the problem but quality. Assholes come in all colors and you are a prime example. Your "article" sucks and serves but one purpose. That is to bring together small and bigoted minds.

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Posted by fyou on 02/09/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Brooklyn Water Bagel comes to Charlotte

I've been going to Original Brooklyn water Bagel in S. Fla for years and I'm hooked. Great bagels, crunch on outside, chewy on inside. Huge bagels. Great coffee bar-- originally Boca Java. I take home a dozen and pop them in freezer, defrost for breakfast nearly daily. Enjoy Charlotte!

Posted by Steve on 02/07/2014 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Brooklyn Water Bagel comes to Charlotte

tried bagel bin and i am from brooklyn there not that good

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Posted by bb on 02/06/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Brooklyn Water Bagel comes to Charlotte

I know it's out of the way for uptowners, but the Bagel Bin & Deli in Huntersville is absolutely delicious. The owners are transplants from NYC! Totally worth a try if you're craving a real bagel.

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Posted by Val on 02/06/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Heist rolls out new menu

Hopefully these items actually have some flavor as their offerings to date were lacking in that at department in a major way. They might be better off making great food, not trying so hard to be "ridiculous."

Posted by Aeiou on 01/25/2014 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Why do the black shows on the Food Network suck ass?

I just love watching Big Daddy's House. When I watch the show it is all about his cooking, and how he brings it alive for the TV audience. Talking about Pat and Gina Neely, I love watching this show well. I love watching many of the Food Network Chefs in action. I don't try to miss the ones that I like watching, and those were the Neely's and Big Daddy's House to mention a few.

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Posted by Patricia on 01/25/2014 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Heist rolls out new menu

The bubble thing is a little precious.

Posted by kowskey on 01/21/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Charlotte Restaurant Week: Reserve a seat or stay home?

As a self-proclaimed foodie that just moved to the Charlotte area, restaurant week is an ideal time for my husband and I to try out 4 restaurants in 7 days. So far we've been to Blue Restaurant and Heist Brewery and plan to return to both. For those who have not dined out during a restaurant week before, it doesn't matter the city, the stereotypes are true: restaurants are filled with clientele who frequent restaurant chains (re: Applebees) more often than local fine dining. As a former server, that can equal bad tips, which is really unacceptable (climbing down from soap box now). The noise level is about 5 octaves higher than usual and service can slip as well, leading many regulars to 'STAY AWAY AT ALL COST!' during this time. For me, I go into a restaurant week keeping this knowledge in the back of my mind and enjoy a meal at a lower cost than usual as a payoff. So restauranteurs should keep patrons like myself in the back of their mind- if I leave happy, you just may well have gained a new "regular."

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Posted by amyliz8686 on 01/19/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Charlotte Restaurant Week: Reserve a seat or stay home?

We are foodies and eat out every week at nice places yet we participate in restaurant week because many restaurants offer specialized apps or dishes not even on the menu. Yes there are those non seasoned diners but the revenue is good for charlotte and many servers I have talked to over the years say the like the fact that an otherwise slow Friday (since Jan is typically slow) is busier and they make more money. We eat out a lot and we tip very well. Plus most people who do restaurant week spend a lot in alcohol. There is money to be made.

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Posted by Lesley Weston Stevens on 01/15/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Charlotte Restaurant Week: Reserve a seat or stay home?

The menus don't suck for most restaurants. Some places have great deals...

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Posted by VanIblis on 01/15/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Charlotte Restaurant Week: Reserve a seat or stay home?

Restaurant week in CLT is a huge disappointment. Too crowded. Crappy service. Menus suck. I'm a foodie and dread it. I boycott and choose to go only to restaurants that do NOT participate during this 11 day foodie torture.

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Posted by dkdk28277 on 01/15/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Charlotte Restaurant Week: Reserve a seat or stay home?

If you’ve ever dined out in a party of six or more, chances are you’ve noticed the automatic-gratuity charge lurking at the bottom of your check.





The compulsory tip, typically 18 to 20 percent levied on large parties at restaurants and nightclubs, has proliferated in Las Vegas as group dining and bottle service have become mainstays of Strip nightlife over the past decade.

The “auto grat,” as it’s referred to in the industry, ensures that servers head home with a wad of cash in their pockets at the end of the night and serves as a buffer against stingy tippers.

Starting this year, however, the service industry is adjusting to life without the auto grat: An IRS ruling effective Jan. 1 has reclassified automatic tips as service charges, reasoning that the charge is not a true gratuity if the customer is not given a choice about whether to leave it.

The change might seem like a case of semantics, but it’s one that could affect businesses, servers and patrons from Las Vegas to Long Island in small but tangible ways.

Here’s how the change will be felt locally:

Businesses

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs will now have the option to list the auto gratuity as an automatic-service charge or replace it with a suggested-gratuity amount (usually 15, 18 or 20 percent) that leaves the tip up to the customer.

Larger restaurant operators including Darden Restaurants Inc., which owns the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, have already adopted the latter, and local restaurants and nightclubs might be inclined to do the same.

Because service charges are recorded as wages rather than tips, switching to them could mean adding to paperwork while losing out on tax credits for Social Security and Medicare taxes paid by the employer on employees’ tips.

“It puts the burden even more on them to report service charges, to collect them. It changes how they report on their payroll, it changes what average wages will be when applying for discounts. It puts a lot of work on the restaurants for that,” says Jean Hertzman, associate professor and assistant dean of operations for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV.

Though the added burden might be minimal for larger operations with sizable payrolls and accounting staffs, Hertzman says smaller clubs and restaurants might find it easier to simply leave gratuity up to the customer.

“There’s a lot of employee regulation hitting at the same time, which makes it difficult for the smaller operators,” Hertzman says, pointing to regulatory adjustments from the Affordable Care Act, with which restaurants are already grappling. “Depending on the size of the operation, they may not want to have the extra paperwork.”

Servers

For servers, the difference means taking tips home as part of a paycheck at the end of the week or pay period rather than at the end of the night. Even though a service charge is taxed as a wage rather than a tip, the change won’t add to the server’s tax burden — assuming that they’ve been honestly reporting their tips to Uncle Sam.

However, workers could feel a pinch if their employer opts to forgo the service charge in favor of a suggested gratuity, leaving more of their pay vulnerable to the whim of the customer. Hertzman says servers at nightclubs could be particularly affected.

“People in bars and nightclubs tend to not tip as well as other people, on average. They’re not usually the same people who just won big on the casino floor and celebrate in a restaurant with a nice tip. I can see where cocktail servers would have some negative impact on their salary.”

In a town that caters heavily to tourists, particularly those from European and East Asian countries where tipping isn’t a custom, the auto-gratuity charge also has served as a way to secure tips from customers who might otherwise skimp.

Ruben J. Garcia, a UNLV law professor and labor and employment law expert, agrees that the effect of the ruling still remains to be seen and will ultimately vary according to industry and employee responses.

For now, it’s yet another consideration in continuing negotiations between the Culinary Union and their employers.

“The suggested gratuity takes a lot of the certainty out of people’s income. I think it’s clear that some people won’t follow the suggested gratuity, or it will vary,” Garcia says. “What the union is probably most interested in is certainty in their income. For those who work in chain restaurants that don’t have unions, they have less influence and so less certainty.”

Customers

For the customer, the ruling simply means tipping for large parties and pricey services is reaffirmed as a choice rather than a mandate. Hertzman says the new wording can help patrons avoid overtipping if they don’t realize an automatic gratuity was already added to their bill.

Moreover, tipping returns to being an incentive to employees to provide top-quality service. But without the promise of a large take-home at the end of the night, they may have less incentive to work larger parties.

“Either way, guests are going to have to spend a little extra time looking at their bill at the end of the night,” Hertzman says.

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Posted by walker1946 on 01/14/2014 at 6:42 PM

Re: “What's the value of a sign?

It always baffles me, the people who get to make decisions are the ones so out of touch. I was so upset when Starbucks moved to Elizabeth Ave and painted over the pie mural. I'm so happy Nan and Bryon's left the Vinnie's sign on South Blvd. Parents just don't understand. Price's should not evolve. Whomever told them to get a new sign needs..... well, they will never get it.

Posted by Tonya Russ Price on 01/09/2014 at 1:03 PM

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