Serious Eats: Talk
Shopsin's: Comical Rudeness
I come in with a group of four today, and we wait for service at Shopsin's. 20 mins later, Kenny (a fat, sweaty, poorly-dressed man) gets to us, and we ask some questions about which food is cooked with nuts (he says a lot of stuff is cooked with peanuts). He points us to the part of the menu which says "severe allergies cannot be accommodated" and we say we understand, we just want to know which items are mainly nut-based.
A couple of questions later, he tells us he's getting bored and that we should probably eat at McDonald's. We tell him to wait a second, and we try to start rush ordering. We stop to ask one question about whether grits are vegetarian, and that's it. "I'm not cooking for you. Eat at McDonald's."
I go to the kitchen to ask him what his problem his, and his response? "You were being assholes, and I'm a prick, and this way we don't have to deal with each other's shit."
I'm half amused, half angry, and definitely filled with wonder at what makes him such a pathetic character. I knew of Shopsin's reputation for rudeness but I had no idea it was this bad. Soup nazi indeed!
Fortunately, we had a wonderful brunch at Clinton Hill Baking Co. instead, so the story has a happy ending.