Should Guests Tip for To-Go Orders?
YES: When guests tip on to-go orders here, I give the tips to the kitchen because they work as hard as the front of the house.
NO: You certainly are not obligated to, but I do. If the person on the phone was personable and they treat you well once you get there, why not? For a few bucks, you feel like a champ, and someone else gets that much closer to making rent.
YES: It takes more work to package everything up correctly than it does to plate up in the restaurant.
YES: I always do. At least 5 percent.
NO. But, with a caveat: If, in a small place where the host greets the guest, walks them through the menu, answers questions, places the order, packs it right, and offers the guest a beverage while waiting -- all efficiently and with a smile thanking them for the business -- you should tip. And if you know somebody like that, I'd hire them.
What do you think, Valley diners? Are to-go orders at restaurants worth a tip?