restaurantWe took my mom out to dinner last night for Mother's Day, and though we had a great time, I was reminded of one of my biggest restaurant pet peeves: We arrived promptly for our 6 p.m. reservation, and by 6:21 p.m. still hadn't been seated. I hate when restaurants do that!

When we inquired as to why we were still hovering in the foyer while other people (who arrived after us!) were shown to tables, we were given this tired line: "We're just waiting to make sure you have the best service possible." HUH? What's the point of even having a reservation if the establishment isn't going to honor it?

Here are some other situations that drive me nutty when I'm eating out ...

1. I have this habit of asking my server what her/his "favorite dish" is on the menu -- because, really, who would know better than someone who looks at the food all day long? And I HATE when they say, "Everything's good here." A lazy line like this is the opposite of helpful.

2. There's nothing more annoying than when entrees arrive at different times. Julie has written some choice words for situations such as this (ahem, Cheesecake Factory).

3. Another thing that drives me batty? The food arrives (on time), but when you look around for cutlery, there is none. Don't tempt me to eat with my hands because if I'm hungry enough, I'll do it!

4. There's nothing that grosses me out more than somebody else's lipstick on a water glass. Is a clean glass really too much to ask?

5. My number-one restaurant pet peeve? When I go to a restaurant with my husband, and the server assumes that just because my dining companion is male, he must be paying the bill. What's wrong with just putting the check down in the middle of the table?

What's your biggest restaurant pet peeve? And for those in the service industry, what's your biggest customer pet peeve?