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Ketchup Please!

Updated on July 25, 2011

That's my ketchup?

Isn't this little ketchup bottle cute!
Isn't this little ketchup bottle cute! | Source

How many ways, can a restaurant serve ketchup?

We went out of town this past weekend, and patronized a few establishments. Would you believe I've come to know of 4 ways a nice restaurant will serve you ketchup!

The evening was getting a little late for dinner, so we went to the nearest restaurant we could find! It was actually walking distance from where we parked the truck:) The parking lot was full, the lighting was dimmed when we entered into the door. We were seated in a nice little nook area...quite quaint to tell you the truth.

So the pleasant waitress greeted us, and took our order. The guys ordered hamburgers and french fries, myself I ordered a caesar salad. When the order came, the guys asked for some....ketchup please? The waitress came back with some nice little packets of ketchup, just like you would get at a fast food restaurant. I thought if they are a 4 star restaurant their class just dropped to a 3:) The men had to ask for more ketchup, this time it came to them in a small round dish with more ketchup packets in it:) Immediately inquiring...if she had a bottle of ketchup she could bring out? She said she could of brought some in some little paper cups, but the big bottle of ketchup was out.

We then had a nice conversation about the ketchup packets, what was the purpose of the packets? Was the ketchup served this way, to prevent the spread of germs...if so it defeats the purpose when the packets are transferred, from who knows how many hands before it got to the table.

Well would you believe...now my antennas were up? The next restaurant I went to the next day, actually had ketchup on the table that was chilled in a regular glass bottle. You know like the old days, before containers were plastic. I thought how nice, I didn't have to ask for it, and then for it to be chilled on top of that. Boy this was awesome, and the hamburger was awesome too! As you figured out I order one this time for myself, even with fries...which I rarely do:) The customer service at this place was extraordinary. I thought, now this is old school customer service. There's a generation of kids now, who have no idea about true customer service is about.

Okay, now the day we left town, we had to stop at one more restaurant? Would you believe 2 of the guys ordered hamburgers again, one ordered soup and french fries. So we were all curious as to how the ketchup would arrive at the table! Funny huh, we are becoming ketchup service condesours:) To our surprise the ketchup came to us, in small little glass bottles, as you see in this picture! The jars are glass too, not plastic, this ketchup is "Heinz Ketchup". Wow, now this is class! Our own perporshoned ketchup jars...they are so cute! Here I am writing a hub about ketchup? I would of never imagined...it would normally seem like such a shallow topic:)

Now that you have read this, you can be on the look out...as to how you are served ketchup, from your favorite restaurant!

Some may call these bottles of ketchup..."the baby Heinz?"

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for posting this! I love ketchup and will put it on all kinds of stuff :) Plus they make a lot of different kinds now, like with no high-fructose corn syrup, low-sodium, and others.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      StacieL, good thought, I really never thought at the time, that being served ketchup in packets could be a sign that the restaurant could of been struggling? Thanks for stopping by:) Blessings to you and yours!

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      Stacie L 7 years ago

      yes, it's a sign of the times, when you are served a packet of ketchup in a sit down restaurant. i really hate that!

      good read!

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      restoremyheart 7 years ago

      Funny heart4theword! "Pass the ketchup please!" Those are the only words I can think of right now:)

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      OOOO! JAMES...I think I just lost my appetite for ketchup? Don't know if I can ever look at it the same:) Thanks for stopping by...anyway:)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I love ketchup. Though I did read it is high in insect parts per ounce. :-)

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Mia, thanks for stopping by...gotten find something fun to do with those bottles:)

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      Miaonthework 7 years ago

      Nice article and cute ketchup bottles. When you told me about your weekend you forgot to mention the little bottles....fun reading the story.....

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Hello Hello, I forgive you, but if you didn't like chocolate, I might be tempted to hold it against you:)

      Samiaali, let us know if there's something you can think of to do with those little bottles:)

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      samiaali 7 years ago

      I like the little bottles as well. They are so cute!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your hub about ketchup. Sorry, and I know I will run out of town but I don't like ketchup.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Quill my brother, I have to honest with you, I am a Sister:) Ketchup, some people put it on everything! One day I had a guest and I served him a nice tacos, he requested ketchup...I told him, that some people would take that as an insult to their cooking:)

      Coffeesnob, you are so right, they let you keep those bottles too! I thought you could make something out of them! One of the guys suggested to make them into salt and pepper shakers? Great idea, Hey?

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      coffeesnob 7 years ago

      I like the little bottles myself- they are pretty cute

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Morning Brother... Ketchup has been around as long as I can remember, it was about the only way as a child I could recall getting past the liver... not a great fan of the stuff today but you are so right about the way it is presented. Heinz has been around a long while.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      djbraman you are so kind, wendy's was always my favorite place to go, when I was young:) Thank you!

      bayoulady, I remember that, now that you mentioned it...that's why we did call it Cat-Sup!

      judicastro, liked your story about your grandmother! I have to say I too am so thankful for the grandparents I had in my life...they were my role models!

      Thank you all for stopping by, and commenting on...of all things ketchup:)

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      This is strange but years ago I used to dip my Wendy's fries in milk shake, I suppose I liked the sweet mixed with the salty taste. Funny how containers have changed over the years. Only you could write an article about ketchup and make it great! You are something else heart4theword! blessings!

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      Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      You are too kind! I'm actually 61(-:!!! But then who's counting. My grandmother, who passed away at 96 said inside she always felt young, and when she would look in the mirror it was always a shock! Kind of how I feel.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Funny how one thing leads to another. Like a person can buy a red car, and all of a sudden their radar is up for red cars, and they see them everywhere.

      enjoyed the read, and now you'll have me on the lookout for ways ketchup is served. Did you know when I was a child it was spelled 'catsup'?

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Judi, never would of guessed you to be over 50:) Blue cheese dressing and ketchup, that is a new one for me! What an interesting food combination:)

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      Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Hi heart,

      I have had it served to me in little bowls, plastic squirt bottles,and of course the glass. Love the baby bottle one, I've seen those a few times. I am a huge catchup eater. I like blue cheese dressing and ketchup with my fries, for over 50 years now (-:.

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