From the social D:
Those coated polyester dinner napkins that refuse to absorb spills, and then slide off your lap onto the floor . . . Ingredients that require consultation with the Food Lover’s Companion to decipher (what are fennel pollen and maple “air” anyway, and do we really need them?) . . . . Large menus in heavy leather binders – don’t drop that thing on your foot! . .
As for being taken to the worst table in the house when there are plenty of open tables: How about cramming a 5-crew family into a 4-person table and adding on another chair at the end — when there are plenty of large booths and larger tables available at you mostly empty restaurant?