This restaurant trend started before the pandemic. Want to take home your leftovers? The staff will bring you containers. Pack them yourself. What ever happened to full-service restaurants? Do you mind boxing your own leftovers?
Not in the least. And I overheard a server a few month ago telling a diner that they weren’t allowed to due to covid. I don’t know if that’s true but…
Boxing one’s own leftovers is the ultimate test of moral character and a person’s capacity to be self-governing.
I prefer it. I know how I want my food packed. Even in the before times, I asked for a container. You would rather have someone else do it?
We always prefer to bag our own groceries because we know the way the categories will be stored at home. And I certainly prefer to handle any takeaway leftovers myself. Again, how I prefer them separated or combined. Has nothing to do with moral fiber or character and everything with control.
I like to go in the restaurant’s kitchen and cook my own food using groceries I brought from home.
Is there a shopping cart involved?
He brings his own. To carry his provisions.
After what I witnessed in my waitressing days I don’t let my food go back to the kitchen and insist on boxing it myself. Sometimes I relent in swanky restaurants because etiquette, but mostly I finish the meal so I don’t have to… because etiquette.
Like if you opened the box the next day for lunch and realized it was someone else’s.
Like some busy bussers & waitstaff don’t care whose utensils they use to scrape your food into the box. Blech!
What I don’t know has never hurt me
But what you suspect or worry about can diminish enjoyment.
Not for me I drink tap water over almost the entire planet. I eat street food in 'third world nations" even chicken
LOL! Husband and I frequently laugh about and wonder how we’ve survived the zillion street food meals we’ve enjoyed. We’ve never had qualms except for noticing after the fact that the home-brew soft drink he bought to accompany some house made hand pies had been put up in a recycled still labeled bottle from another continent. Tant pis. Was delicious!
We may need to travel together up a favorite industrial side street in Rio. Get great food and drinks. BTW the alcohol is a disinfectant
I know, sorry, lol. But if it’s any consolation I never witnessed it in the high-end places I’ve worked. But really busy, casual places? Box your own food.
I don’t mind boxing my own food to go . I prefer it . As I rarely go out to eat . I don’t like some foods to touch in the to go box .
Interesting observations. I never worried about it, having the staff box it for me I mean. So, the rule of thumb about leftovers is: box your own at low end restos and not at high end spots? Are they more trustworthy?