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hammerklavier
03-04-2008, 06:32 AM
At many restaurants the waiter/waitress/server doesn't bring the food out, someone else does. What is that person called?

Stacia Kane
03-04-2008, 11:13 AM
A runner. Sometimes a busser will do it, but usually it's a runner.

DamaNegra
03-04-2008, 11:16 AM
Busboy?

Sandi LeFaucheur
03-04-2008, 02:40 PM
No, a busboy clears the tables. I guess I don't get out much, because it seems weird that a waitress wouldn't serve the food. Or even stranger, that a server wouldn't serve! So what do they do? Just take your order and then go read a magazine in the back? I guess things have changed since I was a Big Boy's waitress in the 70s! :)

tallus83
03-04-2008, 06:29 PM
Server

johnnysannie
03-04-2008, 06:31 PM
At many restaurants the waiter/waitress/server doesn't bring the food out, someone else does. What is that person called?

I must not get out enough because in the restuarants where I eat and have eaten (in multiple states), the same person brings the food that takes the order!!

Waiter, waitress, server, wait person, are the terms that come to mind, though.

auntybug
03-04-2008, 06:46 PM
I know what you're talking about - Applebees & TGIFridays have people that bring the food out that isn't the waiter/waitress... I just don't know what its called....

The bartender helpers are bar-backs .... something-back? Sorry! At least my record of not helping isn't broken!

SmartAsh
03-04-2008, 06:52 PM
A runner. Sometimes a busser will do it, but usually it's a runner.

Yep. They're called food runners. And some restaurants have waiters who serve in teams.

JamieFord
03-04-2008, 07:29 PM
Normally the server/waiter/waitress is expected to bring your food out. Another server or a busboy will occasionally do it if you're slammed with other tables. (Even the manager, if you're really busy).

jst5150
03-04-2008, 07:40 PM
In Hollywood and New York, they are called "actors."

RLB
03-04-2008, 07:52 PM
At the restaurants I've worked in, servers bring out your food. It may not be *your* server, because when the food comes up in the window, the kitchen wants it out while it's hot and fresh, so whatever server is standing in the kitchen runs it to the table. And sometimes on busy shifts there will be a specific food runner.

Horseshoes
03-04-2008, 08:09 PM
Porter.
And Jason owes me a Kleenex. I just spat on my computer.

Vandal
03-04-2008, 08:37 PM
Serving wench.



I don't get out much.

JB_Finesse
03-05-2008, 02:14 AM
I'd think they'd be called a server. I never think of a waiter/waitress as a "server", and even if they were called a server they wouldn't technically be one unless they served you the damn food.

hammerklavier
03-05-2008, 02:52 AM
Thanks all!

Robert Toy
03-05-2008, 02:54 AM
Laura

The Grift
03-06-2008, 12:20 AM
It's already been said, but also contradicted, so I'll say it again. I've worked restaurants, they're called runners. They're usually used during peak periods when the servers/waiters/actors/garcons have too many balls in the air.

Maui Author
03-06-2008, 05:15 AM
I worked in a restaurant and my sole job was to bring the food out to the tables. My job title was expediter, but I've also heard it called food runner.

Hope that helps!