This is a problem I’ve had at a number of restaurants over the years, and it’s fresh in my mind because it happened to me again last night.
Server asked us for our drink orders first thing, which is standard, and they were delivered promptly. We had appetizers, and by the time the entrees arrived, I was finishing up my beer - not unusual, either, if there’s time to sip your drink before the appetizers arrive, and more time between the appetizers and the entree.
So the entrees arrive, and I ask my server for another beer. I start into my dinner, and sip from my water glass while I wait for my beer to arrive. After maybe 15 minutes, I go to the bar, explain the situation, and am given a beer to take back to my table.
By this point, I’ve eaten a good bit more than half my entree. The point was to have that second beer with dinner, not as an after-dinner drink. I had to step up the pace to drink most of the beer before we were ready to leave.
Sometimes I’ve gotten that second beer so late that I only get a couple of sips of it with my meal, and I’ll wind up leaving most of it as we have dessert and coffee, or get the check and leave.
So the question is: what do I do about this? When I order that second beer when the food arrives, do I have to make a point of saying to the server, “I want to have this beer with my dinner, so please bring it right away”? I shouldn’t have to say that, but I’m not seeing a better option. Any suggestions?
(When I can, I order the second drink before the entrees arrive. But that’s dependent on seeing the server before the entrees arrive, and after I’ve made enough of a dent in the first drink that I know I’ll want a second one with my food. That frequently doesn’t happen.)