The Best of Gut Check: A Table for How Many?

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Stefani Pollack is the author of the food blogs Cupcake Project and Food Interviews. She is also a member of the St. Louis Dinner Club. She blogs about her large-group dining experiences twice a month for Gut Check.

While Gut Check is on vacation this week, check out some of Dara's best work:

Mattingly Brewing Company (June 11, 2009):
I ordered a cheeseburger, which arrived without cheese. Our server offered to remedy the situation by bringing me a slice of cheddar. Adding a slice of cheese to a cooked burger does not a cheeseburger make.

When I balked at the idea, our server returned my burger to the kitchen and it returned a few minutes later as a cheesy but overcooked piece of meat. As consolation for my troubles, she took the cost of the slice of cheese off of our check.
Vito's (May 14, 2009):
Midway through our meal, around 8:30, we looked around and realized that we were the only people left in the restaurant. It was eerie. (Or perhaps we are easily spooked.) We asked the server what had happened to the throng.

It turns out that the crowd was due to the Fox. The Killers were in town. They are a post-punk band from Vegas. In their song, "Human," they ask an important (yet grammatically incorrect) question: "Are we human, or are we dancer?" I don't profess to understand the lyric. Yet despite my age (well over that of a SLU student), I'm a fan of the song, and I fully understood the need of the crowd to dance out of the restaurant and over to the Fox.

Moral: If you're bringing a group to Vito's and want to avoid a crowd, check the Fox schedule first.
Want to hear about more of Stefani's adventures with her dining club? Visit the complete archive.

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