Restaurant blogs are a curious thing. Their authors start them for different reasons and hope to convey different messages. There are those who use it as a way to relieve the stress of a shift and share their rants with anyone willing to read them. There are those who have been in the business so long that they want to share their stories in an effort to keep their childhood sled from being tossed in the fire. Then there are those who figure they have learned a thing or two over the years and want to share their knowledge.
Each of these types of blogs has their place. Today, I wanted to introduce you to a few new ones I haven’t mentioned and give a shout out to some that I have been following for a while. It has taken me all week to try and determine how to do this. There is no particular order to any of these. They are not listed by quality or personal preference, but rather in the order I pulled them up this morning.
The Restaurant Managers Rant: Oh yes, managers do have things to rant about too. This is a nice peek into the types of things that you deal with as a manager. I can related to a great deal of this and always find it to be an entertaining read.
These American Servers: Perhaps the most sophisticated server blogger on the web. This stylish blog is composed in such a way that even Ira Glass would be proud. He is more a storyteller than a ranter. I find it refreshing to read. He also keeps me up to date on what Paul Krugman is blogging about which makes it a morning stop.
Waiter Extraordinaire: It honestly came as a surprise to me that this was not already on my blogroll. I have been reading this blog for a while. It is a more mature and big picture look at the industry than you find on most blogs.
So You Want To Be A Banquet Manager: This one comes from a slightly different end of the hospitality spectrum. Hotels offer their own unique set of challenges. You can find out about them here.
You Just Got Sat: This might be the newest addition to the group, but one that I hold high hopes for. This comedian/musician/bartender has a storied career and the stories to tell. I recently read through his 6 part series on how he became a server advocate, in a single sitting. That means it is entertaining.
Drinks, Dinners and D-bags: Tales of a Waitress: Her posts tend to be quick and to the point. She confines her rants to just what is necessary to make you remember your own tales. This is a blog everyone can relate to.
Tales From The Restaurant: This blog really is about quality over quantity. The server blogosphere’s only animated blog. Not updated often, but worth a read when it is.
Stuck Serving: This site is a compilation of submitted stories from servers. No filler, just great tales.
Gratuity Not Included: This blog offers an inside look at the world of serving. Less rants about guests and more about the parts of the job that confound us all.
Life On A Cocktail Napkin: I have no ideas how I missed this blog for so long. This site features an experienced bartender sharing his recollection of stories from the past. These make for some very interesting reads. The best stories from a long career.
Wiser Waitress: This is another one I am glad I came across. Not as much a blog as a reference site for servers interested in protecting their rights. This site advocates for servers while informing them of laws in effect to protect them.
Dining 101: This is a different type of server blog. It focuses more on the etiquette guests should know in a way that is informative and easy to understand.
I would be a complete jerk to not also give a shout out to the people who are on my existing blogroll:
The Only Slightly Cranky Waitress: If they were going to name a patron saint of server bloggers, I nominate her.
So You Want To Be A Waiter: The most informative skills-focused server blog out there.
Do You Do That At Home: I have never worked anyplace half as interesting as she does. This is always good for a head scratch.
Sorry, Not My Table: Another experienced restaurant professional writing about the industry and his life. Always well written.
Crazy Waiter: My European friend with the most eclectic set of topics on the list.
Hooters According To Sauce: The new name of the Girl and Guitar blog. A server/musician who tells the tales of being a Hooter’s Girl.
The Bitchy Waiter: The name is accurate, but he is damn funny too.
So that is the list. I am adding one of those nifty auto-updating blog rolls to each of the sites on the network today. If you aren’t listed, drop me a comment and let me know you are out there. If you are, take a look around and consider returning the favor. We are all in this together and hopefully we can find a way to keep each other sane, laughing, and making better tips.