Phyllis Richman's Waiter Rant

Retired Washington Post restaurant critic Phyllis Richman lets loose with her own waiter rant. I've eaten with Phyllis, and she's smart, funny, and doesn't suffer fools gladly.

Her pet peeves:

  • Restaurant staffers who snatch plates at a table before everyone is done
  • Disappearing waiters who stop paying attention to their station, even whey Phyllis wants to pay the check
  • Show-off waiters who insist on asking how everything is

What else do waiters do that drive serious eaters crazy?