Working at the O-B House and Other Stories

Part of my job (and obsession) is eating at restaurants. While taking pictures of food, interviewing chefs, and dissecting menus, there was one restaurant position that I was always curious about -- the server.

Servers and bartenders, though crucial to the success of a restaurant,

are often eclipsed by the romantic vision of the chef. True, the chef

prepares our meals... but our server is the one who makes sure it gets to

our table correctly and (hopefully) with a smile. I decided to delve into the

world of the server, working at several South Florida restaurants,

including the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House on a busy Sunday.  Here's a nibble:

We're well into the morning, and there's an hourlong wait. Every time a

party leaves, the table gets bussed almost immediately. The restaurant

plays like a good piece of music. A group that had the foresight to

bring its own bloody marys in red Solo cups sits outside in a

makeshift waiting room. At the outside tables, a young couple with a

fluffy Pomeranian in a pink T-shirt grows impatient for food. "We're

hungry," the man bellows.

Read the whole story here.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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