Picking a Good "Regular" Restaurant

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The majority of people have a favourite regular restaurant. This isn't the same as a favourite restaurant: this is the place someone goes when they know what they want, they want a place close by, and the staff know their entire order ready before the customer walks through the door. 118.com details the things people should look out for when choosing a "regular".

Nice to meet you, I'm Dave!

The majority of people have a favourite regular restaurant. This isn't the same as a favourite restaurant: this is the place someone goes when they know what they want, they want a place close by, and the staff know their entire order ready before the customer walks through the door. 118.com knows the value of maintaining a favourite regular restaurant: this is the one place that, after a person has found it, they won't have to look up over and over again! Choosing a place to make one's own, however, is not necessarily as easy as finding the restaurant or café closest to where one lives.

It may be a greasy spoon, the Italian on the high street or an Indian. Either way, people pretty much know every item on the menu of their "regulars" and almost always order the same thing. The interior isn't necessarily wonderful, the wallpaper may be peeling but the waiter knows his usual customers by name and always looks genuinely happy to see them. Cue the music from Cheers!

But how does one go about picking a regular or is it, as some people say, the other way around?

To start, a regular restaurant has to be local to where its customers live. People are going to want to go there at any time: late at night on their way home from the pub or on an early morning when they're dealing with the inevitable have a hangover. It's even better if it's full of neighbours and people who know each other's names.

Someone trying to establish themselves at a "regular" should be sure the that staff know their name: casually dropping it during conversation and trying to find out theirs is a good bet! This is sometimes a bit awkward, especially if a person has been visiting a restaurant for a while and has become friendly with the staff, but doesn't know their name. Instead of coming out and asking for a name, it is worth bringing in a friend and introducing them. Hopefully, the restaurateur will reply with "Nice to meet you, I'm Dave!"

Of course, staff routinely wear name tags at many cafés, but this usually becomes less common the higher-quality the restaurant.

If someone wants to be a regular at a particular establishment, they naturally want the staff to like them. A sure fire way to establish a friendly rapport with staff is to tip generously. It's important to not overdo it, leaving a £5 tip on a £10 meal, but showing gratitude for the service is always appreciated. Being an ideal customer is another good way to get in their with the staff. Customers should try not to become known for sending things back, or requesting things that aren't on the menu.

And after all, nothing makes a person a better neighbour and member of their community than contributing to and getting along well with local businesses!

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