April 10, 2007

there is an unspoken rule about this kind of thing

Last Sunday my roommate Holly and I brunched at Sophie's Bistro on Nolensville Road. The service was...surprising.

As I ordered my 3-egg omelet with 5-year cheese, spinach, and bacon, the waitress gazed intently into my eyes, nodding her head, drinking in every word of my order, her doe-eyes silently communicating concern and approval simultaneously. I get nervous when this phenomenon occurs.

My roommate ordered a similar dish - the 3-egg omelet as well, only with 3 other choices inside, specifically I do not remember. I apparently was not the only one.

As the waitress whisked herself away to put in our order, I immediately looked at Holly, held my left hand out, palm up, and began to imitate the motion of writing with my right hand, as if to silently say, "write it down lady!" She nodded in agreement, then excused herself to the restroom.

No more than 15 seconds after Holly left the table, the following conversation took place between me and our waitress, whom we will refer to as Sophie.

Sophie: I'm sorry Miss, I did not write down your order and I have forgotten what your friend said she wanted in her omelet. (I am internally shocked and sympathetic of course, but remain externally calm and unaffected.) Now, you ordered the omelet with bacon, spinach, and cheese - is that right?

Me: Yes, that's right!

Sophie: I just can't remember what you're friend ordered - do you?

Me: No, I'm sorry, I really wasn't shooting laser signals through her pupils with my eyes like you were paying attention when she was ordering.

Sophie: Oh, yes, I see...well I'm almost certain she ordered the onions, cheese, and sausage. Though I wish I could be sure...

Me: (nodding and gazing sympathetically at her with the best doe-eyes I could muster)

Sophie: Did she go to the restroom?

Me: Yes.

Sophie: Ok, well I'll go put this order in!

Me: (thinking, "so, what - are you going to pop your head in the restroom and ask her?")

About 2 minutes later, Holly comes back to the table. "I had a visitor," she says.


At 8:25 AM, Blogger Malia said...


At 1:52 PM, Blogger John H said...

did she write on toilet paper the second time? sheesh.

funny post. congrats for getting featured on NIT!

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Tanya said...

Too funny! I was going to comment with a LOL, too but Malia already beat me to it.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Emily said...

thanks John (et.al). I admit I was pretty stoked about NIT as well :)

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Malia said...

Oh, snap! I missed the NiT link (but I did go and look for it and found it)! Go you!! ::sniffsniff:: I'm...so...proud ::sniffsniff::

At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I go to Sophies at least once a week for brunch or dinner. My service expierence has alway's been wonderful. I have had everything one the dnner menu and you will not find better! I enjoy dinning and do often. Above you never mentioned the food? And for someone who seems to like to write, could you not think of another name for the server other then Sophie?

At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... Emily...You sound like a total bitch. Maybe "Sophie" picked up on that.. With the laser beams and all. I have only had great service there. The people that staff it seem like a family. The only complaint I have is that Sophie's is too close to my house. It is a really great place. I think I'm going to go get the crab salad right now..... It rocks...

Mike R >>> Sugar Valley


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