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Waiter/tres Lingo

Postby universitylad » Sun May 15, 2005 4:03 pm

I've never had the chance to work in the food service industry, but I love reading Waiter Rant (a blog by a waiter).

Whilst discussing tables, he calls tables for two "two-tops", tables for four "four-tops", etc. Is this a common expression in restaurants? Anyone know the origen?
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Postby meowzamusic » Sun May 15, 2005 8:17 pm

Almost every restaurant I've ever worked in used the expression "top" most often when talking about a group greater than 4. I always assumed that it was just a shorter (and easier to hear above the din) way of saying "table" but there's probably some sort of fun story behind that.
I'm sure you could have your "chance" to work in the service industry. You'll have a whole new respect for us who do it every day and perhaps find that eating out is not as good or sanitary as you might think.
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