Do You Do These Restaurant Don’ts?

If you’ve never worked in the service industry, you may not be aware of certain restaurant taboos. These inconsiderate behaviors are easy to fix once people realize that thoughtful conduct goes a lot further than rudeness. Hopefully, you don’t do any of these college town restaurant don’ts!

Avoid These College Town Restaurant Don’ts

Dos and Don'ts at College Town Restaurants

• Walk into a restaurant and expect a full dinner 15 minutes before closing time. You may not realize that the entire restaurant staff has been working diligently to prepare to shut down for the night. Especially if you’re with a large group, try finding an all-night diner instead of forcing your way into a closing restaurant.

• No-Show on a reservation. If you’ve made a reservation, the hosting staff is keeping a table open and ready for your party. Please be thoughtful enough to call and cancel if something comes up last minute.

• Split a small check. If you’re in any sort of a hurry, don’t ask your server to split the check. This takes more time than you expect and may require management’s approval. If time is a issue or the restaurant is busy, go ahead and pay for your friend’s lunch. Especially if the bill is under $30, why not be the hero and pay the whole thing?

• Sit down at dirty tables. This is a no-brainer. Please be patient for a clean table. Not only does it help the staff clean on and under the table better, but it also shows them a little respect.

• Lie about your party’s size. If you tell the host that you’re expecting a certain number of people in your group just to get a bigger table, that interferes with the way the college town restaurant runs. Neither the restaurant or the server will make as much money with your party occupying more space than you need. If your server was expecting a group of eight, they may have turned down other tables in order to take better care of your large party. When only three people show up, this hinders the server’s ability to make optimum tips and he or she may not give you good service because of this.

Every once in awhile, things come up where you might have to inconvenience the restaurant’s staff. If you make it worth their while by being considerate and leaving a big tip, your server will end up having a much better evening and your conscience should be clear!

Have you had a great time in a college town restaurant? Let us know! We’ll keep giving tips for enjoying the culture of your college town through football and food.

How You Can Spot a Fake Online Restaurant Review

Have you ever searched online for a new college town restaurant? Especially if you’re thinking of trying out a new place, it’s good to check out online reviews before you go. However, not all college town restaurants reviews are from actual happy customers. So, how can you spot a fake restaurant review from authentic input? Try using these tips to decipher online restaurant reviews!

Clues That You Might Be Reading A Fake Restaurant Review

How to spot a fake restaurant review for a college town restaurant

1. Compare Reviews – If one website is only posting fabulous reviews or extremely negative ones, check other review sites for comparison. While fake reviews can be difficult to spot, usually different websites will give you a better overall sense of what people are saying about that college town restaurant.

2. Verify the Source – Be wary of anonymous reviews that are negative. Sometimes competitors will post bad experiences just to keep you from a college town restaurant. Online reviews that are verified by the site are most likely legitimate comments.

3. Don’t Get Starry-Eyed – Sometimes the star ratings that are at either end of the spectrum could be a potential fake review. Rather than just one-star or five-star ratings, look more for the moderate ratings and comments on your college town restaurant.

4. Search for Insight – As you read through the reviews, search for information that the restaurant may not think to post. This could include the best area to sit in the restaurant for a view or privacy.

5. Look at the Overall Picture – Once you’ve done your research, try to get an overall feel of all the comments and reviews for the specific college town restaurant. Typically, a long list of all-positive or all-negative reviews should wave a red flag. Real restaurant reviews usually cover different levels of experience from the users.

In the end, you should be able to make your own call about going to a cool college town restaurant or not. Hopefully, you’ll have a great experience and add your own authentic voice to the next online review!

Have you had a great time in a college town restaurant? Let us know! We’ll keep giving tips for enjoying the culture of your college town through football and food.

Is the Bar the Best Seat at a College Town Restaurant?

College town restaurant dining tipsHaving a great time in a college town is all about finding the right spot to eat and drink. College town restaurants are a great place to meet friends, watch pre-game analysis, and wind down after you leave the stadium. What most people don’t realize is that getting a table in a college town restaurant is over-rated. Ask anyone who’s worked in the restaurant industry, and they’ll tell you that the best seat in the house is at the bar.

Get the Best Seat in a College Town Restaurant

When you sit at the bar in a college town restaurant, you get quicker service. The bartender has you in front of him or her through out your entire dining experience, so there’s no chance that they will forget about you, no matter how busy they become. When you sit at the bar, you often get drinks much faster then you would at a table because most bar tenders will pour drinks for the customers that they actually see before them rather than the drinks that the servers order from them for their tables. And don’t be afraid to order from the full dinner menu. Most college town restaurants are happy to serve any dish from their menu to patrons sitting at the bar. However, if the bar is crowded, you might be better off choosing to order an appetizer or a small plate dish, just to give yourself some more elbow room in a college town restaurant.

 Make Friends With The Bartender

The bartender can be your secret weapon in having a great experience both in the college town restaurant and after you leave it. Most bartenders are surprisingly honest about which dishes they like and think you should try and which ones you might be better off avoiding. The bartender is also a great resource if you’d like to pair your meal with a beverage-most of them love making recommendations. If the bartender isn’t busy, he might even create a special cocktail for you.

Additionally, the bartender can be a great guide for guests in an unfamiliar town. They almost always live in the same town where they work, so they can give you the scoop on what other college town restaurants you should try, which night life hot spots you should hit, and other not-to-be-missed attractions in the city.

Have you had some great service in a college town restaurant? Let us know! We’ll keep giving tips for enjoying the culture of your college town through football and food.

Oklahoma Sooners vs Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

Oklahoma Sooners vs Alabama Crimson Tide PreviewThe Oklahoma Sooners and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be meeting on the field Thursday Night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

The tension was building for several weeks in Alabama before it was announced that Nick Saban would not be leaving for Texas. A lot of people though coach Saban would head for Texas with the news of Mack Brown’s resignation. However, coach Saban has said that he plans on finishing his coaching career in Tuscaloosa after accepting a contract extension this month for a reported $7 million a year salary.

“I don’t have any more reactions to it. I think it’s kind of over so why do we want to talk about that?” Saban said. “We look forward. I’m looking forward. I made a commitment to our players that are here and I’m happy to be committed to them and I want them to make the same kind of commitment to the program and to their future success.”

With that dark cloud gone the Crimson Tide can get back to focusing everything it has on this post-New Year’s event in college football. Hopefully, they can stay on track after their hopes of a BCS championship slipped away in last months shocking loss in its regular season finale.

The Crimson Tide were on the verge of a SEC championship until they gave up 13 points in the last 32 seconds, losing 32-28 at Auburn but that’s not holding them back. “We’re fired up playing Oklahoma,” said defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan. “It’s not for a national championship or anything, but we’re going to go into it like it is. – We’re going to try to finish this season as strong as possible.”

The last time Oklahoma made a trip to the Sugar Bowl in 2004, it was dealt a loss by Saban’s LSU team.

Thursday night will be the college finale for Sooners quarterback AJ McCarron. McCarron, Heisman Trophy runner-up, threw for 20 touchdowns after Sept in winning the Maxwell Award. “I think AJ McCarron is the best player in the country, I really do,” said coach Bob Stoops.

Which team do think is going to claim victory on the field on Jan 2? Leave your comments below and tell me what you think.

Oregon vs Texas Preview

Alamo Bowl – December 30, 2013

Oregon Ducks vs. Texas Longhorns

Monday Evening at 6:45PM, it’s the Oregon Ducks vs. the Texas Longhorns at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. This match marks the final game that Mack Brown will be coaching at Texas who was set to resign after his 16th season in Austin, TX.

In recent weeks, this has become somewhat of a distraction for the Texas program bringing Bill Powers (school president) along with Steve Patterson, the new athletic director at Texas, to inform coach Brown that he could choose to remain coach of the Longhorns. However, Brown has decided to do otherwise. “I felt like I could stay,” Brown said. “I really felt like it wasn’t best for the university to stay.”

Mack Brown, who was at a salary over $5 million a year under a contract until 2020, will be staying as a special consultant to school president Powers. “I sincerely want to get back to the top and that’s why I’m stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”

Between 2001 to 2009, coach led his Texas Longhorns who averaged 11.2 wins, won the national championship after being undefeated in 2005 and claimed two Big 12 titles. The Texas Longhorns (8-4) started out the season ranked 15th but then lost two of its first three, putting the pressure on Brown.

“The standard is really high here,” said coach Mack Brown, whose 158 wins with the Texas Longhorns ranks just behind the late Darrell Royal, who claimed 167 victories. “We set a standard at this place. You’d better win all of them. I understand that.”

Texas will need to pull it all together Monday night when they meet the Oregon Ducks (10-2) on the field. The Ducks rank second in the FBS with an average of 573.0 total yards. Quarterback Mariota, a Heisman Trophy candidate for most of the season, has completed 63.1 percent of passes for 3,412 yards, four interceptions and 30 touchdowns.

Taste of the Town: Week 12 Segment

This month 9 years ago Bin 612 opened for business in the middle of the cotton district and has since become a popular local restaurant. I stopped in and had their famous Bin 612 Burger .. black angus ground fresh patties made by hand and grilled, topped with hickory smoked bacon, pepperjack cheese, a garlic aioli and served on homemade paska bread. Add some grilled chicken nachos on the side and you’ve really got something you can sink your teeth into.

Missouri Tigers vs Ole Miss Rebels

Missouri Tigers vs Ole Miss RebelsThe Missouri Tigers are traveling to Oxford, MS where they will be meeting the Ole Miss Rebels on the field Saturday night in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Just in time for the Missouri Tigers to make their final push toward the SEC championship, Quarterback James Franklin will be returning to the starting lineup.

Franklin hasn’t been able to start the last four games due to an injured right shoulder. Before receiving an injury in the fourth quarter of a 41-26 win over Georgia on Oct. 12, the senior quarterback had thrown for 1,577 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Now he’s back in the lineup and ready to take on Mississippi.

“He looks really good. He looks just like he left off before the injury,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “He’s excited about being back, and the team is excited about getting him back too. I obviously want him to do really well. He had some adversity and battled through it and we are excited to have him in.”

Getting past the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels will be the first step that the No. 8 Missouri Tigers need to accomplish in order to make it to Atlanta. This will be the first time the two teams have faced off since the Ole Miss Rebels took a 38-25 loss at home against the Missouri Tigers on Sept. 8, 2007.

The Ole Miss Rebels have been playing great this season against some of the top teams in the SEC and across the nation. They’re ready to take on Missouri this weekend. After missing three games due t a deep thigh bruise, Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott is back in the game along with quarterback Bo Wallace. The Ole Miss quarterback is fourth in the league with 266.4 passing yards per game. However, the Missouri Tigers are also leading the SEC with 34 sacks and 17 interceptions.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Texas Longhorns

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will be heading to Austin, Texas this weekend to take on the Texas Longhorns. The No.12 Cowboys (8-1, 5-1) will be meeting the No. 24 Longhorns  (7-2, 6-0) this Saturday at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in one of the biggest matchups of the Big 12 2013 season. While Texas might have lost their last two home games to Oklahoma State, the Longhorns are leading the overall series 23-4 over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. A win for Texas this Saturday would give the Longhorns their seventh straight Big 12 win, keeping the hope of a Big 12 title alive.

Mounting injuries are a major concern for Texas right now and leave them little room for error. Although the Texas Longhorns claimed victory over West Virginia 47-40 last Saturday in overtime, the Longhorns were also dealt a pair of major blows. Running back Johnathan Gray was lost with a torn Achilles tendon and defensive tackle Chris Whaley took an injury to his left knee for the season. This was just added on to the fact that the Texas Longhorns had previously lost quarterback David Ash to a concussion and linebacker Jordan Hicks who like Gray was lost to a torn Achilles tendon. Regardless of injury, Texas has been able to overcome to win six straight.

“We’ve gone through this on both sides of the ball with David and Jordan Hicks,” junior center Dominic Espinosa said. “Those were two guys that were big leaders in the beginning of the season, and now something similar is happening with Chris Whaley and Johnathan Gray.

“We got these last three games and we control our own fate,” senior guard Brandon Webb said. “If we win out, we do what we want to do and we’ll leave it up to the BCS poll after that, but right now, we’re going for the Big 12 championship and so are these next three teams in front of us, so we just got to prepare.”

Taste of the Town: Week 10 Segment

After a week off from Taste of the town I got to enjoy some sweet treats during my visit to East Lansing. Before the game I headed over to Holland Michigan where my son is a Freshman Basketball player at Hope College. That’s where I found the Holland Peanut Store. Family owned and operated for over 100 years, it’s a candy lovers paradise with every kind of chocolate you hope for.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes

The Virginia Tech Hokies are heading down to South Florida for a weekend battle. Virginia Tech will be facing off against the Miami Hurricanes this Saturday night with an inside track to the ACC Coastal Division title on the line.

The Miami Hurricanes (7-1) are coming into this week’s game off a 41-14 loss to Florida State in Tallahassee, while the Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3) have dropped two back-to-back-weeks, falling to both Boston College and Duke.

Once Big East Foes, the rivialry between the two teams shows a great deal of respect. During his three seasons as coach for the Miami Hurricanes, coach Al Golden has often cited Virginia Tech as the standard in which the Hurricanes are striving for in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.

A message sent a couple weeks ago from coach Frank Beamer showed that Virginia Tech has a mutual respect for their adversaries. The longtime Hokies coach sent Miami coach Al Golden a note after the Miami NCAA saga was all said and done, a message to praise them in the way that the Hurricanes had handled the investigation.

When coach Golden was asked about Beamer’s message on Tuesday he said, “It means a lot, I kind of cut my teeth at Virginia when Frank was growing that program and learned so much from him.” Golden went on to say, “In our conference, he’s kind of the patriarch, if you will. When Frank talks, we all listen. He’s done it the right way.”

Throughout Golden’s first 30 games as coach, the NCAA was probing the actions of a former booster leaving a lot of uncertainty about the Miami program. “I think he got through that and made the program better,” coach Beamer said. “Not just survive. He made it better. I thought he did a heck of a job. And I told him that too.”

While we don’t find vengeance in this rivalry, we are sure to witness a heated battle on the field this Saturday evening as No. 14 Miami (7-1, 3-1 ACC) plays host to Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2) in a game that will help decide the league’s Coastal Division title. It’s definitely a game we’re all looking forward to.