“Gimme a Side of French”, or: The Things I Hate About Waiting Tables at Katz’s Delicatessen

Some Things that I hate about waiting tables at Katz’s Delicatessen

When customers want more pickles, and they still have some on their plate.

When they sit down, they look up and tell me that they’re ready to order.

When an old new york guy say’s ‘give me a side of french’. Instead of saying ‘french fries’ or even just fries. Who says French? And they say it so smugly!!! ‘gimme a side of french.’

That English customers always want Brisket. I don’t know why, but English people always want that fucking brisket! I always make them get half brisket half pastrami.

The guys who say i want a ‘brisket of beef’. (Instead of a brisket sandwich)

The old married couple who share a can of soda. The husband orders a diet cream soda, and the wife says ‘I’ll have a sip of yours.’

tumblr_mljzh1Xn371so8xa3o1_1280Everyone who orders hot dogs as meals

People who order beef stew

Old women who want their soup ‘extra’ hot.

People who want fries extra crispy

People who want their kishka grilled on both sides

People who want chocolate phosphates

People who tell me ‘they’re gonna take care of me’

People who want mayonnaise on one side of the bread, and mustard on the other

The Dutch





I really hate waiting on Young people, teenagers, good looking kids in there twenties bursting with hopes and dreams. How did I become the guy to get them a side of French?

Old people

and the guys that work there.

Especially Ivan.

What do you think?

About The Author

David Manheim

David Manheim was born and raised in Manhattan. A television producer, musician, and masterful waiter. David is currently back working at his old standby -- Katz's Delicatessen --- where as The Last Jewish Waiter (www.thelastjewishwaiter.com), he hosts an online talk show while waiting tables, and is writing a killer blog about it

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