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speee1dy
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sunshinecruzan, are you serious about wait staff running after the customer for a tip????? thats just wrong on so many levels and if i were the customer that would make me not leave a tip and not go back to the establishment. i personally dont leave the table until i know a tip has been left if it was deserved. we also have friends who come down once in awhile that are not very good in the tip department and i always try to see what kind of tip they leave in case we need to leave more.

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Posted : September 22, 2009 12:36 pm
Juanita
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Jumbie,
It happened to friends, not me, but since I originally posted about it, an employee of the restaurant gave me the whole skinny on what actually happened. As I said a couple of posts up, it was really a misunderstanding. I don't think they included a tip on the bill. The server didn't do one check in order to be able to include a grat I do know that happens though, and that is probably the answer to the original question about why some servers won't split check, even in advance.

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Posted : September 22, 2009 12:42 pm
stxfoodie
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When I'm wrong I'll admit it. I was contacted by the owner who reviewed the bill. They had not added a gratuity even though it is their policy (which I have no qualms with - it is clearly stated). My faith in humanity has been restored. Lesson learned is if I ever have a question after the fact, I'll contact the owner directly as the owner was very pleasant and I should have just done that in the first place. Lesson two - we drank a lot more than i thought.

Regards

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Posted : September 22, 2009 12:51 pm
Lizard
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Their are people that don't tip regardless if the server danced, sang, and gave a back rub. There is usually a thousand and one excuses, why some don't tip or do not tip enough and less that over tip. Servers work for less than minimum wage and are entitled to be compensated. The auto tip should be included in the price of the meal for one to one hundred. The people that claim they don't know about the auto tip must not eat out a lot because that is the norm today. I'M suspect with the people that claim they over tip when they receive excellent service.

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Posted : September 22, 2009 1:20 pm
Juanita
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Since this is a relocation board...let me ask this...to those not on island yet, do you usually have gratuity added to 6, or more? (or less?) How much? Will servers split checks (in advance or after). Most of the posts here are about STX. Are we pretty normal? Now, that questions could open up a whole other thread!:@)

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Posted : September 22, 2009 1:35 pm
speee1dy
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stxfoodie, glad that was settled.

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Posted : September 22, 2009 1:36 pm
divinggirl
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Juanita - I was just in the states for 2 months and went out a few times with groups of 6 or more. Never once was the tip automatically included.

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Posted : September 22, 2009 5:24 pm
Lizard
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Juanita,
New York Metro area its been the norm for years, Boston Area the same. Something more recent when you get your check it gives you a 15% Figure, an 18% figure and a 20% Figure on the eact amount of the bill regardless of the number of people served.

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Posted : September 22, 2009 6:01 pm
mminstx
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Anyone know what is going to go in the building down the road from Southshore Cafe/St. Croix, that used to be blue, now just painted beige. There was a "For lease" sign on the outside for a while, now is gone....

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Posted : September 24, 2009 6:54 pm
stxnama
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Last night a group of us went to Eat @ Cane Bay. It was great. The place is changed (much nicer/cleaner). I loved the "build your own" concept for burgers and salads. There were wonderful specials and the prices were not outrageous. The service was wonderful! Good luck to Frank & Kat and "kudos" for giving us another option on the North Shore. As of now they plan to be closed on Tuesdays.

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Posted : September 26, 2009 3:39 pm
bathiel
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Anyone have any further reviews/reports on Eat @ Cane Bay?

Bernie

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Posted : September 28, 2009 8:22 pm
Juanita
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LOL...That's the name? I thought stxnama just got a little excited about eating.:@)

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Posted : September 28, 2009 9:34 pm
rotorhead
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I was at Eat@Cane Bay the same night that stxnama was. Our party had a great experience as well. We had a 20 minute wait to get seated but we did not have reservations and the restaurant was full. Most of our party had burgers which looked great. I had the Tuna fillet done very rare. It was perfect. One person had the Brisket sandwich. We tried a variety of appys, edamame, french fries, sweet potato fries. Everything was great. Not bad for their second day open.

John

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Posted : September 28, 2009 10:55 pm
SunshineCruzan
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sunshinecruzan, are you serious about wait staff running after the customer for a tip????? thats just wrong on so many levels and if i were the customer that would make me not leave a tip and not go back to the establishment. i personally dont leave the table until i know a tip has been left if it was deserved. we also have friends who come down once in awhile that are not very good in the tip department and i always try to see what kind of tip they leave in case we need to leave more.

No speedy1...I didn't mean to imply that they "chase them down" waving their arms madly and bellowing out "WHERE'S THE TIP!!!"
(even tho' in all truthfulness, it HAS happened and was SOOO embarassing !!)
What I meant was that it was brought up quietly and to the side to one person in the party, usually with much wringing of the hands and big questioning eyes...really not done much at all.

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Posted : September 29, 2009 1:42 am
speee1dy
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glad you cleared that up sunshinecruzan, i have heard of people doing it in the states. i could not even imagine the gall to do so.

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Posted : September 29, 2009 3:41 pm
Juanita
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I was looking for the thread about grocery prices, but decided to review my own restaurant (my kitchen) here. The service is pretty do it yourself, and the food is pretty basic and plain, but boy is it expensive!! Last night's dessert, just for me, not hubby, was $11.00. Two ingredients total, no prep, no cooking.....berries...blueberries and raspberries. Prices are getting out of control! I want to eat healthy, good, fresh food, but geez...I can't pay that kind of money for that little amount of food. In Oregon, where I visit often, you could provide healthy meals for the entire day for $11.00. Just venting. I know, I'm used to it, and I will get over it. Oh... and had to toss out a couple of the raspberries.:X

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Posted : September 30, 2009 4:34 pm
trw
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we added a wild salmon burger to the menu and sold almost all of them today,i had one tonight and i liked it just fine

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Posted : October 1, 2009 2:04 am
SunshineCruzan
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Juanita,

I know what you mean! I try my best to be "Earth-friendly" but while looking for disposable cups, I had to get plastic (and have for years now) because I just can't afford almost $5.00 for 30 paper cups vs. $2.99 for 100 plastic ones!

(I have to have them...7oz. usually...to save on MEGA-LOADS of dishes which means more WAPA water....you get the drift...)

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Posted : October 1, 2009 3:48 am
Juanita
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Everything eco-friendly is so much more expensive. I would love to buy Seventh Generation (and other brands), but they are so much more than regular. I do buy some of the "good" stuff, but not as much as I would like. I am assuming it is more expensive because of the ingredients and perhaps the manufacturing process that keeps it "clean". We have programs for energy rebates, why not coupons for eco-friendly products or just subsidize the companies, with the caveat that they have to keep their prices down. I know, I know, more government assistance....but hey, this is Mother Earth we're talking about. I would rather spend my tax money on trying to save the planet than a lot of the other things we spend it on.

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Posted : October 1, 2009 10:45 am
SunshineCruzan
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I would rather spend my tax money on trying to save the planet than a lot of the other things we spend it on.

Ditto!

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Posted : October 3, 2009 4:35 am
SunshineCruzan
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OOPS! Don't quite have the "quote" thingy down pat yet...sorry Juanita!

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Posted : October 3, 2009 4:37 am
terry
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We tried to eat at Eat at Cane Bay last Sunday around noon. There was about 10 of us. We were told they were already out of something, I think it was sweet fries. We all gave our orders with 7 or 8 ordering burgers. A while later the waiter came back and said they could only make 2 burgers. Four of us left as we did not want breakfast.
We saw one of our friends who stayed yesterday. She said her omlette was horrible. But she did say that everyone else said what they ordered was good.
My Calazone at Off the Wall was great!

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Posted : October 4, 2009 10:29 am
Jumbie
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My wife & I went to Eat@Cane Bay for dinner last night (Sat) around 6pm. Frank & Kathryn have done a superb job rennovating the place. They very busy, but we had prompt & courteous service, plus a very tasty & delicious meal. She had the BBQ Brisket & I had the grilled tuna steak (mango/coconut glaze) & orzo salad. They also had e grilled sea scallop special, which had 4 large sea scallops with a tomato relish topping with a side of orzo salad. All in all it was a very pleasurable experience and glad to see such a nice addition to north shore dining..

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Posted : October 4, 2009 11:33 am
Linda J
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We ate there Friday night and had a good experience. I had the brisket and sweet potato fries, Ric had the pulled pork. The brisket could have been hotter (temperature), but it was very good and reasonably priced. They were very busy but service was surprisingly good. The owner was there, bussing tables, getting drinks, generally making sure things were going smoothly. That makes a huge difference.

Noise has always been a problem at this restaurant and, when the place is full it is still very noisy. But I guess there is no help for that!

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Posted : October 4, 2009 1:15 pm
nforbes
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Went to Eat @ Cane Bay last night. It was really great. Just had apps - the fried seafood and mussels with fries. The fried seafood had fish, shrimp, oysters, and calamari in a light breading that kept everything juicy. The mussels were good too. The Build Your Own concept is cool - it was a little confusing when the waitress explained it but once we looked over what we were supposed to do, it made sense. I don't eat red meat, but i did tell Frank he should think about a Turkey or Veggie BYOB and he said he was working on a veggie one that would be stand up- he mentioned lentil and something else. $38 for a bottle of water, glass of wine, and the food. Then went to Rowdy Joes for delicious pumpkin ice cream with butterscotch chips and rum caramel sauce. 2 big bowls of ice cream - $10.

By the Way - Eat @ Cane Bay got in an 80lb tuna - so go if you're in the mood!

Also, they do NOT accept cards there yet - cash or local checks only. And they're closed on Tuesdays.

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Posted : October 6, 2009 1:49 pm
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