Many restaurants charge sharers a plate fee; Ozgood’s didn’t
ROBESONIA PA – When a couple asks restaurant servers if they can split a meal, the response is often a grimace. “This is gonna be a ‘no tipper’,” many of them think, and the poor service that usually follows corresponds to their belief. Happily that wasn’t the case Saturday (Nov. 3, 2012) at Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 319 E. Penn Ave.
In fact, the reverse was true.
Server Samantha was all smiles when told the two 57-year-olds seated at the table to which she was assigned would eat light for their late (2:15 p.m.) lunch, and share an appetizer, soup, sandwich and dessert. “That’s fine,” she said, and headed off to the kitchen with the order.
Back she came, 5 minutes later, with a bowl of creamy, tomato-based chowder that was packed with seafood and potatoes.
Another 10 minutes passed, and Samantha returned with the entrée. This time she carried not one but two plates, each with a half of a seasoned, rolled wrap containing sliced, fresh-grilled chicken fillet with lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon and ranch dressing, and a generous portion of thick-cut steak fries. “I had the chef add a few extra,” she said of the fries, “because everybody likes them.”
The meal ended with a crock-baked apple crisp topped by melted brown sugar.
At the very least some restaurants will add a minimum plate fee of $5 or more for sharing. Although Samantha’s diners were prepared to pay one, Ozgood’s did not, and they ensured the server was compensated for her efforts.
- Editor’s note: This review was initially published Nov. 11 (2012) at TripAdvisor.com, here.
Photo from Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar