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The New Hospitality Formula Blogroll

This week I have featured some of the best food and restaurant blogs from around the web throughout The Hospitality Formula Network.  Restaurant Laughs featured the best humor oriented blogs. Foodie Knowledge covered the best food and cooking related sites.  The Manager’s Office showcased the best sites for restaurant marketing and operations.  Today, I am rounding out the lists with my picks for the best of the best.  These sites cover all of the areas discussed above and represent a well rounded reading list to keep you up to date on the worlds of food, restaurants, and even the occasional laugh.

This list is far more diverse than any of the other lists this week, much like Hospitality Formula itself.  This site is designed to give you an overview of all of the content I am writing on each of the sites within The Hospitality Formula Network.  Yes, I do write the posts on all five of these sites.  I could not do it without the inspiration and insight I find on various other blogs and websites.  These are the websites that I consider “Must Reads”

Here are the sites I never miss an update from.

So You Want To Be A Waiter

This is the definitive site for any question about serving I have.  When I need a ruling on the proper technique to use or etiquette to follow, this is where I look.

Life On A Cocktail Napkin

Whenever I meet someone who says they enjoy my blog, I always tell them about this one.  In his decades behind the bar Mike Q has developed an insight into human nature that is matched only by his exceptional storytelling.  He is soon to release a book that I predict will be a best seller and you can say you saw it here first.

It’s My Ingredient

Sure it is a corporate blog, but it makes me wish I could do business with them.  The fine folks at Vanee food offer a tremendous depth of insight on all aspects of restaurant operations that will improve the profitability of any restaurant.

Fat City

With incredibly insightful commentary and a large pool of commenters from outside the industry, this site will help you learn what your customers are thinking.  It is far more than a local food blog.

The Back Burner

By compiling the thoughts of some of the best minds in the industry, this blog provides daily value to those who read it.

Sock Puppet Army

A combination of comics and an easy to read style makes this blog relevant and fun to read.  It is well worth reading from the beginning.

Waiter Pay

No matter what role you hold in the restaurant industry, you would be wise to keep an eye on this blog.  Louis Pechman does an exceptional job of keeping up to date on legal issues in the restaurant industry.

Do You Do That At Home?

If you think the Wild West has been tamed, you are not reading these tales of life as a waitress in Wyoming.


By creating an open forum and publishing numerous top bloggers, this site is quickly becoming a giant resource for answering your hospitality related questions.

Off On Mondays

The real world insights of someone managing front line employees.  This blog gives you a feel for the day to day challenges and victories of a professional manager.

These American Servers

This is the most intellectual server blog on the web and one of my personal favorites.

Hooters According To Sauce

Sauce offers incredible and unflinching peak behind the scenes of life as a Hooter’s Girl.  It is very well written and revealing.

Prima Blog

This site covers everything from equipment maintenance to marketing.  It is a great collection of information that will prove a helpful resource.

The Employee Lounge

This blog documents the personalities and people that make one city’s restaurant industry tick.

Waiter Extraordinaire

Steven writes of life as a server with more experience than nearly anyone on this list.  Part diary and part motivational tool, this blog is always worth the read.

Crazy Waiter

At first glance, this may appear to be just another server blog.  Dig a little deeper and you will find one of the most exhaustive resources in the industry.  His “Hospitality Words” section provides a simple translation guide for over 100 commonly used hospitality phrases into a dozen languages.  His “Service Quality Knowledge Base” contains over 500 research papers on the hospitality industry.

That is my list of the blogs to read each time the update.  More specific blogrolls dealing with each facet of the industry covered by The Hospitality Formula Network can be found on the individual sites.  Did I leave one off?  I am always looking for new sites to read.  Share your comments below.  Next week, I return to posting information you can use throughout the sites of the network.

About David Hayden

Restaurant industry professional helping small restaurants with their training, operations, and marketing needs. Author of Tips2: Tips For Increasing Your Tips and Building Your Brand With Facebook. You can also visit my other websites and blogs at: http://www.tips2book.com http://www.restaurant-marketing-plan.com http://www.themanagersoffice.com http://www.tipssquared.com http://www.foodieknowledge.com http://www.restaurantlaughs.com http://www.tipsfortips.wordpress.com

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2 Responses to The New Hospitality Formula Blogroll

  1. MikeQ September 4, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    David, … you and your family of blogs never cease to amaze me. Someone once said that the web was the world’s most extensive library, but all the books were on the floor with no system or organization (like the Dewey Decimal System) to shelve them in an orderly manner. Hence the millions of blogs listing the best of “this” and of “that” on the internet.

    While I hear your disclaimer that your listing “is in no way complete”, it is the most comprehensive, well-organized compilation of available resources I’ve seen … by far. It’s a little mind-boggling. How the hell do you find the time to do this, again and again?

  2. CrazyWaiter September 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Thanks for the mention!!!