This is a running gag I’ve seen in sitcoms ranging from The Jestsons (and possibly earlier) all the way through modern shows such as Home Improvement and Mad About You. The gag is this: ordinary middle-class couple splurges for a night out at a French restaurant, usually at the insitence of the wife.
[li]The Maitre 'D treats them like crap.[/li][li]The waiter treats them like crap.[/li][li]The staff gives preferential treatment to patrons who are obviously wealhy, sometimes making the OMC (ordinary, middle-class) couple wait an exorbitantly long time for service and/or for their food.[/li][li]The waiter gets personally offended if someone doesn’t understand something in the menu.[/li][li]The menu is incompreshensible.[/li][li]The prices are through the roof.[/li][li]The portions are miniscule.[/li]
I’ve never been to a French restaurant in the US, so I can’t speak from experience. So what’s the deal with this sitcom gag? Are French restaurants really such horrible places to eat at, particularly if you’re OMC?