Eating at restaurants is about more than just the food. Foodies and thrill-seekers are constantly searching for the next big thing in dining. How far is too far when it comes to restaurant concepts? From sight deprivation to offensive waiters, we’ve brought you a list of the 5 most annoying concept restaurants.
1. Over-the-top Themed Restaurants
Themed restaurants can be fun and a great experience. However, some restaurants take it to the un-appetizing extreme. A hospital-themed restaurant in Latvia features waitresses in nurse costumes that feed the customers as if they are nursing them back to health. There is also a restaurant in Los Angeles called Magic Restroom Cafe, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a restroom-themed restaurant where customers sit on toilet chairs and eat out of toilet-shaped bowls. They also have restroom-themed dishes, which we’d rather not mention here! These restaurants might be an interesting one-time experience, but don’t make us want to return again and again. Check, please.
2. Dining in the Dark
This interesting concept was started in Europe over a decade ago. The original intention of this dining phenomenon began to encourage communication between blind and sighted people, which is a great cause. But the concept has since travelled the world all the way to the U.S. where it has become an over-priced fad, an expensive experience to cross off your bucket list. You’re led into a pitch black dining room by your waiter and cannot even see immediately in front of you. You need to adjust to the sounds and lack of sight, feeling around your plate with your fork for your food. At most of these places the cuisine isn’t even top notch; customers mostly pay for the idea.
3. Rude Waiters
Most restaurants pride themselves on a amazing service and doing everything they can to ensure an enjoyable experience for the customer. But this restaurant concept strives for the opposite. Dick’s Last Resort, a Southern cuisine restaurant chain, is known for it’s vulgar menu, outlandish decor, and purposely rude staff. Waiters are trained to be as obnoxious as possible, throwing napkins and utensils at their customers and uttering expletives. To top it off the waiters will write an unflattering and untrue description of you on a tall paper hat for you to wear during your stay. It’s all part of the gimmick, but probably not worth paying for a rude server.
4. Single Concept Restaurants
Sometimes, when you’ve discovered your forte in food, it’s good to run with it. However, with the recent rise of single concept restaurants, more and more options are getting added to the menu. The notion of getting to decide exactly what goes on your burger sounds appealing, but having to choose between an infinite list of toppings, sauces, and veggies make it hard to choose the best combination. These establishments would be less annoying if they were just a tad simplified.
5. Over-priced Small Plates
The tapas conundrum. While tapas are generally delicious and offer a variety at the dining table, the proportions are often incredibly small and high priced. Americans are used to large servings and although it’s definitely not the healthiest lifestyle, there needs to be a balance. Tapas style restaurants are not the only restaurants guilty of this. Most elegant and expensive restaurants offer smaller portions, sometimes comically so. Although there are a lot of factors that play into why this is (such as the cost of ingredients, the art and display of the plate, etc.), it would be nice to feel full after a couple of costly plates.
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