I’ve never seen a server act so hurried and frantic as I did on a recent lunch visit to Cantina Laredo Gourmet Mexican Food (530 Throckmorton St, 817-810-0773). The poor guy struck me as either having too many tables or trying to win some Fitbit steps challenge – on crystal meth. To be fair, when you work downtown, there’s extra pressure on a restaurant staff to get guests in, out, and back to work. And this guy was taking that responsibility extra-super seriously.
Sure, he could have been a little more polite, and maybe my guest and I felt a little like we were inconveniencing the blur of a man. But if I had to pick a fault in a restaurant, I’d probably err on the side of getting me fed quickly, even if that means the server gets to practically throw my plate on the table after sprinting out of the kitchen.
That afternoon was my first ever visit to the venerable chain, owned by Dallas-based Consolidated Restaurant Operations (El Chico, Silver Fox, Good Eats), and the place was full of smartly dressed business-types presumably talking businessy business things before returning to their respective places of business.