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Do You Order Dessert?

Yesterday after reading San Francisco restaurant critic Michael Bauer's blog, I started to think about why and when I order dessert. According to Bauer desserts don't sell: "Many people fill up before dessert, and they either skip the course or split a dessert among several people. That means a customer will take up the table for an extra half hour and spend only $8 or so. Waiters would rather turn the tables; desserts make them linger. In the end desserts aren't high-profit margins for restaurants." His rational makes perfect sense.

And, I'm the first to admit that I rarely order dessert — especially during bikini season! How do you feel about the matter? When dining out, do you purchase dessert?

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Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
If I'm out to a fancy dinner I will which makes less sense nutrition wise since I'm already consuming more calories anyway probably. I should investigate doing ONLY dessert out--I enjoy sugary treats more when my stomach's not stuffed.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I do fairly often. A lot of the time I'll either split it or only eat 1/2 to 1/3 of my entree, take the rest home for the next day, and indulge in dessert.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Never. At $5+, I can just go home and make everything they offer anyway.
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
I do sometimes, if I'm not too full. My favorite restaurant is right next to my favorite ice cream place though :) So if I do want dessert, I'll usually just go right next door.
Martinee Martinee 7 years
Depends if I'm full or in the mood to share!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
I will admit when I was a server, I hated to serve desserts, (most of the time) because yes they were at the tables longer. But many times the ones who did order desserts were out celebrating and I could expect one hell of a tip from the table. But I would rather sell alcohol, than sweets.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I always have room for dessert. It is my favorite meal. If anything, I'll take it to go.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Depends. With my boyfriend, no. I'm usually full by the end of the meal. With by BFF, usually because we love Friendly's and go there mostly to have the ice cream sundae dessert at the end.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
It depends on where I'm dining and with whom I'm eating out.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 7 years
I never eat out...well never is a strong word...I eat out maybe 4-6 times a year or less. Only when my parents are in town or if it's a friends birthday. Often times I won't order. You never know what they put in restaurant food, hidden fat and all that. Usually I go for a dry house salad minus the croutons. Restaurants are diet satan and expensive! So not worth it.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
I usually order dessert if I'm at a place that makes creative desserts in house. If all they have is ice cream and bought in chocolate cake, I'll eat dessert at home.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
It depends on what's on the dessert menu. Back in the day, I was a very good baker, so I'm really picky about dessert. I have very strict standards as far as ingredients, and if its done well. I would only order dessert if I think it would meet my standards. Truthfully, in my many, many years of dining out, there was only ONE restaurant that made me happy with dessert. It was an independently-owned French bistro. Incidentally, I happen to make an excellent creme brulee. In fact, I think my creme brulee cinched my marriage proposal. My husband loves my creme brulee that much. :)
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
always if we are going out for a birthday because well, whats a birthday without cake? :-) but otherwise usually not.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
It depends on the menu - I will order it if they have my favorite Creme Brulee Chocolate Souffle :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
thinking more about this, the whole premise seems a little silly to me. when I waited tables I always pushed desserts, coffee, or extra drinks at the end. it was extra money on the bill.
akapluto akapluto 7 years
i usually order dessert instead of an entree or appetizer. its an amazing feeling enjoying warm apple pie & icecream while my dining buddies eat *chicken*
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
If there is creme brulee on the menu me and my fam are suckers for it...but when we do order, it is usually one dessert split among 3 or 4. We usually do not order more drinks so the place is losing money on us if they can do another seating. On the other hand, if we are among the last eating, every sale means something these days.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't usually order it because it's always so expensive and it seems like a big waste of money to me. I prefer to get a good cup of coffee after dinner and drink that with some sugar and cream to satisfy my sweet tooth. Boy, the restauranteurs must REALLY hate me...I take up table room and order the cheapest item on the entire menu for "dessert".
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Depends on who I'm with and where we are at. I never order a dessert for myself... I always split it.
marielleaster marielleaster 7 years
I love desserts! I'd rather skip an appetizer and have a dessert instead.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
it depends on how hungry I am, and how full I am from the rest of my meal, and if anything looks good..... unique takes on creme brulee I will 9 times out of 10 order.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
it really depends. when i'm with my mom, we do but when i'm with my husband, we rarely do.
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