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10 Things For You to do To Be a Restaurant's Favorite Diner

Updated on May 21, 2014

After eating ths Godzilla-sized burger, did this man bother to "thank" the chef or waitress?

Many is the time

I have sat in restaurants (of all types) and watched diners go in and out. Be seated, order, eat, leave a measly-tip, and go home. That's it.

To me, there is a few things definitely "wrong with this picture." And if you are regular patron of your favorite restaurant, you already know some of the things that are missing.

But I am not going to waste your valuable time. You all have lives. I am only here to advise men or women on something that I think is highly-possible:

10 Things You Can Do to Be a Restaurant's Favorite Diner:

These 10 things apply to hot girls also


"Being Nice Doesn't Cost. It Pays."

Which photo shows a restaurant's "Favorite Diner"?

Okay, impatient diners, here are

10 Things You Can Do to be Your Favorite Restaurant's Favorite Diner . . .

  1. GET TO KNOW - the restaurant staff from the employee who greets you to the cashier. I mean, get to know their husband or wife's name, kids' names, hobbies, everything you can and each time you visit "that" restaurant, ask how their families are doing and ask about them by name. That is the trick. Why? A restaurant employee likes to be considered part of the "family of man," not just a divorced young woman with two children she has to feed and working in a restaurant for it is the best she can do.
  2. SMILE AT EVERY EMPLOYEE - of this restaurant. Even if it kills you. Smile. No one likes to see a frown when they are working their butts off to please you in every way. Oh, yeah. There are restaurants with employees that do not care for their work or their customers, but not the people in the restaurant you frequent. Be sure to smile a non-sexual smile at the waitress who brings you the food. Believe me. These things will work.
  3. GET TO KNOW - the restaurant manager on a first-name basis. I mean each time you or you and your wife and kids eat at this restaurant, find the manager. Sure, it means you doing some walking, but oh how it will pay-off. Don't be overly-zealous, but simply say, "Tom, we sure enjoyed that steak dinner. Delicious. And what a great price." Shake his hand, smile and leave. If you do this enough, your name will be circulated by the manager to all of the employees that "you" are the one customer who is to get "special treatment," for you are his best advertising--as you tell your friends, coworkers, and neighbors about this guy's restaurant.
  4. DO NOT BE A "KNOW-IT-ALL" - When it comes to ordering your meal. Let the waitress suggest what is the best choice. If "you" come off as a "Blabbing Bob," who knows all of the menu by heart, then she will feel uncomfortable, so just make your waitress feel good about herself and take whatever she recommends. That is unless you are allergic to Korean Tree Grubs. Then quietly tell her you are allergic. Don't shout it out to the entire restaurant.
  5. HELP THE RESTAURANT - employee who is a little behind in clearing the booth where you will be dining. Collect the plates, silverware and glasses. The restaurant manager will not care, because you and "Tom" are close-friends, but a word of caution: Tell "Tom" to not discipline the employee because you are not hard to please. Take-up for the employee. "Tom" will see his "favorite diner," helping his employee and think even more-highly of him.
  6. IF YOUR WAITRESS - is really "slammed," (restaurant slang for too many customers), "you" get up and help her out by taking orders for her. Hey, you already know the menu by heart, so why not lend her a hand? And when "Tom," the manager sees you in action helping "Marilyn," a senior high school majorette, he just might not charge you for your meal. But wait. If that happens, smile, say "thanks, 'Tom,' but I had rather pay for I am helping you succeed in a business that you love." Pay your check and walk away waving at the restaurant employees. You hear later that your humbleness brought "Tom" to tears.
  7. IF A ROWDY CUSTOMER - has had a little too much to drink and starts acting a fool by throwing punches at men he doesn't even know, gently talk him into "taking a walk outside" with you. Then give him lots of coffee and listen to why he is drinking so heavily. You are not only saving his life, but the lives of others if he were to be dumb enough to try and drive home and you are also saving him from having a criminal record.
  8. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES - complain about any part of your meal at anytime. Sure, the steak was a tad under-cooked, but maybe the chef has problems at home with his nymphomaniac wife or his kids are into drawing vulgar signs on his house, who knows? But this I do know. You complaining will put a "dent into your armor" of being that restaurant's "favorite diner," for it has been said of you, "That 'Mr. Clark, never complains about anything in our restaurant, 'Mr. Tom.'" So do not put a black splotch on your perfect record.
  9. ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS - buy the entire restaurant's diners' meals. I am serious. This is the mark of a "favorite diner." What better way for you to be a "living billboard," for your favorite restaurant? And do not go the cheap route and only buy diners' meals when there are only two families eating on that night. Wait until the place is packed. Then buy all of the people a meal. The title of your "Restaurant's Favorite Diner," is now within reach.
  10. GIVE ALL OF THE RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES - a big cash surprise bonus for no reason. I am serious. This will be "the icing on the cake" for you to be the restaurant's favorite diner. Who else would be this generous and giving to the restaurant employees? Their headquarters in Nova Scotia? No. It has to be you. Give all of them at least $100.00 in cash inside a specially-addressed envelope with their name on the front. No use waiting to announce it.

You are now your restaurant's "Favorite Diner."

My congratulations.

"Uhhh, say, 'Mr. Clark,' I am a bit hungry, but I am low on cash."

This 17-pound lobster was bought by a customer, Don MacKenzie in this pretty girl's restaurant


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear amandajoyshapiro,

      Wow, what a spot-on comment! Oh, happy Saturday to you. Hope great things happen to you today.

      I am in awe of how much you have given me if I ever do a "Hub-el," a sequel to this hub.

      I just happen to know a lot of young people who work at local eateries for their college money and things and what they do is tough work especially when dealing with jerks.

      The advice about putting things close to table's edge, fantatic.

      Do you see now why I wanted you to follow me--for this great information.

      Talk to you soon.

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      4 years ago

      It's so true you have to be nice to the restaurant wait staff. Ever seen the movie Waiting? Yeah, they can get like that if you're that kind of hater. Two of the easiest suggestions on your list are getting to know them and helping them by clearing off your table. If you go there often enough, you should know some of their names and some detail of their lives. And if you can put all your silverware, napkins, straw wrappers, and opened sugar packets on the plate, all towards the edge of the table for an easy grab, they will be so grateful. No one should reach across to the napkin holders for a side plate. But one extra piece of advice is that if you order the same thing the first two or three times you are there (coffee and eggs a certain way, a burger a certain way, etc.), NEVER ask to look at a menu and try something new. LOL. They've got your order covered and will start cooking it before you sit down.

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      Roselyn Mendoza 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Being courteous every time and every where is a good habit. I looove the pictures! Thanks, Kenneth!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      And there it is. Thank you, LCDWriter for summing it up with a simple, but powerful thought of us "being kinder to each other."

      I agree 100%. Waitresses, cab drivers, anyone in service, but with a small exception of those in the service field who resent their jobs and take it out on us, the consumer, who are responsible for their wages.

      I do not advocate retaliation, but a mild NOT SHOPPING or patronizing their establishments.

      Or the bolder might tell their bosses, but if I did that, and they lost their job, I would then be very sad for making them part of the unemployment stats in our country.

      Thanks, LCDWriter for your lovely and truthful comment.

      I hope that you have a great day.

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      L C David 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I like this and I hate to see when people treat a sever or host at a restaurant rudely. Being a little empathetic can make them like you more and make their job easier. Life would be so much better if we were just kind to each other.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, CyberShelley,

      Thank you very much for your comment. Since dining at this Huddle House I was telling healthylife2 about, above, I found a new-respect for restaurant employees. They are people too.

      And I appreciate them so much as I do you and all of my followers.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, healthylife2,

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it so much. Yes, I have tried the HELP the employees. At the Huddle House in my hometown, I always clear my own table to help the waitress with her job.

      The manager is a friend of mine and she appreciates the help.

      I am not here to boast of myself, just thankful to God that He gives me the strength to do these things.


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      Shelley Watson 

      4 years ago

      Good tips Kenneth, I always feel for the restaurant staff when people don't even look at them while they place their orders, not when they bring their food. Acknowledging they exist is just polite. Thanks for sharing, hope you have a good weekend. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Healthy Life 

      4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds like these tips would work well. Have you tried them? I always thought a big tip would be sufficient but in this economy you have to be creative. Another fun hub!


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