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DeRushaEats: What's the Story With Three Appetizer Portions?


I've had some amazing meals lately, but I'm not going to talk about them.

Why bore you with the incredible, life-changing pork belly I had at The Strip Club Meats & Fish in St. Paul? Or the fact that James Beard Award nominee Michelle Geyer's The Salty Tart is supplying their dessert now? Or the crazy beautiful hugeness of Heartland in St. Paul and the most delicious head cheese I've had in years? I could also put you to sleep with Lenny Russo coming up to me and saying, "Hey Jason. I noticed you canceled your reservation last month." Ouch.

That's boring. This is important.

Most of the time when I'm dining, I'm out with just my wife (a party of two) or with another couple (a party of four). So why do restaurants insist on providing appetizer portions with three pieces?

It happens all the time. Three little appetizer samples, four hungry people. If a server came back and said, "Our normal portion is three pieces, but because there are four of you, I had the kitchen prepare one more" I'd be a customer for life!

If it's about cost, I'd be more than willing to pay for an extra portion, so we could all have our own taste. Why not give the option?

This drives me insane. And the fix seems so easy.

Are you with me on this? Can you help me understand? Please talk me off the ledge, Dara & Co. readers!

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