Doggy baggers unite!

Chef - Chef at a restaurant
@paula27661 (15899)
Australia
August 1, 2009 6:27am CST
Okay guys I am posting this out of curiosity and because I like to do the right thing, well most of the time! (LOL) Are you a doggy bagger? Do you think it is bad etiquette to ask for a doggy bag in a restaurant? I’m not talking about those ‘all you can eat’ deals, although there was a couple who helped themselves to quite a few prawns at a smorgasbord and put them in a bag to take home much to the astonishment of other patrons, staff and especially the party they were with! In an a la carte situation I usually ask for a doggy bag and I would like to know what everybody else thinks. Am I a cheapskate for doggy bagging? Thoughts please...
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• United States
2 Aug 09
Paula- It's definately not in poor taste, and it doesn't necessarily make you cheap. When we eat out I divide my overly large portions in half so that I can have half at another meal. The serving sizes at most restaurants are twice what you need to consume. So I get a doggy bag and take the other half home and eat it at my next meal. A lot of people are now suggesting people make this their regular habit as not to "over eat" when dining out. Namaste-Anora
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
I personally think it's a great idea and I so enjoy a lot of the meals the next day! I'm glad to hear that it is not something that can be labelled rude or cheap because I've always done it until someone pointed out to me that it may not necessarily the 'done' thing. Thanks for responding Anora; great to hear from you again!
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• United States
3 Aug 09
It's always good to see you as well Paula. Yes, I've been doing the doggy bag now for almost ten years! It just works out well for me. And, as you said it makes a nice left over meal dinner! Especially steak! Or leftover Chinese food!
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Aug 09
nonsense! When my sister was in town, we went to a restaurant - as many diets suggest, we took our food and bagged it up ahead of time - I got the manicotti and there were 3 so I packed up 2 and ate the other one. Hey, I got 2 more meals outta that! not bad for 10 something - well, sure, I had to add veggies, but I had those!
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
I like your style! I don't know if I would have the nerve to pack my left overs ahead of time, wish I did, good on you for scoring a couple of extra meals! Good planning. It should not be an issue, after all you paid for the food. Thanks for the response ElicBxn!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
2 Aug 09
On one of the diet sites I read suggested doing that - and so we just told him we were on a diet and what we wanted, and that's what we did...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
I have no issues asking for a doggie bag! I paid for the meal, so if I can't finish it there and then I should be allowed to take it with me I reckon. More and more restaurants seem to be shying away from this these days though because of a fear of the food not being stored properly and then making the eater sick. It's a pretty common thing here in Cairo to ask them to bag up the leftovers.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Aug 09
Yes I did hear that it has been stopped in some places due to health concerns, I guess some establishments fear getting sued. Personally, I like to take home whatever I can't eat and I have paid for. Thanks for responding James!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
2 Aug 09
Not at all you paid for the food. I do it all the time because I hardly ever eat everything that is on my plate because they give to much food. I ask for a doggy bag and that will be my lunch for tomorrow. Its not at all bad etiquette. If it was why would the restaurants have the containers to take the food home in.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
That is true. Portion sizes can be quite large can't they? I find that when I order pasta dishes (which I love!) they are usually huge and I can only eat half of it. Good on to know it is not bad taste to ask for doggy bags! Thanks for responding lelin!
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• United States
2 Aug 09
Certainly not! With the portion sizes most resturaunts serve now days, can they really even expect a person with a normal appetite to be able to eat it all in one sitting? Especially if they are going to try and talk you into dessert as well! As you stated, obviously doggie bags are not appropriate (nor usually allowed) at an all you can eat buffet style resturaunt. It does make it seem unfair if you are a person with a very small appetite, but the reason they can't let you even take home what is left on your plate is because unfortunately there are those people out there who would then fill up their last plate with way more food than they know they can ever eat, just so they can take it home.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
You have a point there fruitcakeliz! Unfortunately there are always those who take advantage! Nothing wrong with doggy bags elsewhere though... Thanks for responding, I appreciate it.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
2 Aug 09
To be honest it's been ages since I've been to a restaurant since to budget myself I do all home-cooking, but when I have gone, I see no problem in "doggy bagging" it...heck...one paid for that meal, why not take the leftovers home? Just why do they call it a doggy bag anyway? Maybe in our case we should call it a "kitty bag"?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
I thought that too although I have a dog as well and neither she or my kitties ever get any of my yummy doggy bags because I tend not to share! Thanks for stopping by pyewacket!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Not at all. Why waste the food if you can heat it up and eat it later? Or you might want to give it as a treat to one of your furry friends? After all, you paid for the meal, it's yours to do what ever you want with it so take it home if you want! Or leave it there to be thrown away..... I'd rather take it home.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
I know that's how I see it although I have been in situations where it has been frowned upon and that's what prompted my discussion. I like to take doggy bags home because being a small eater I can't always finish meals especially pasta etc. and it's annoying to leave it to be thrown away. My pets hardly ever get my doggy bags, they're all mine! Thanks for responding Cats!
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@308369666 (111)
• China
2 Aug 09
I think the buffet is not allowed should be the case. This is unfair to businesses, in addition to a buffet outside the home when the dogs can eat.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Huh? Think you misunderstood the question/discussion here
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 09
I do it all the time especially when we have a sit down chinese dinner party. Normally one round table have a capacity of 10 people and when there are only 4 people in attendance in our table there will be a lot of extras. I would ask the waitress to pack the unfinished food for me. Normally, especially in 5 star hotels, they will not allow guests to pack leftovers. That is a kind of unfair rulings in some hotel restaurants here. They believe that cooked food not eaten within 4 hours will be contaminated and when someone gets food poisoning eating leftovers, the management will be hauled for explanation by the health authorities.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
10 Aug 09
The food is usually too delicious to leave and that is why I usually ask if I can take it home. Someone mentioned the safety issue and there was a comment that once the food has been taken home it should be the customer's responsibility to ensure that it is fresh but if that is not the law and the restaurant stands a chance to be sued it's understandable that some may be reluctant to allow doggie bags. Thanks for being here zandi, I appreciate your response!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
10 Aug 09
I have no problem in asking for a doggy bag..I mean I paid for the food..if I what I do with it thereafter is my business and right to do so. We always ask for a doggy bag since my little eight year old sister never finishes her food but within an hour usually wants her food..So they are helpful..and if all else..pets enjoy it as well..
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
10 Aug 09
I agree and I must say I don't have too much of a problem asking for one either! The food is usually too yummy to leave and, as I said before I hardly ever share my doggy bags with my pets! (LOL) Thanks mtdewgurl!
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
I probably wouldn't ask, but my wife is president of the doggie bag community. This is common in Thailand, and she has carried on that tradition in Australia. It used to embarrass me slightly, but now I even ask, if the food is yummy.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Aug 09
I used to be a little embarrassed too but I am getting over it these days! (LOL) Sometimes meals are just too delicious to leave behind and probably would be thrown away anyway. Good on the president of the doggy bag community! Thanks for responding mipen!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Hi paula! I think doggy badding is fine. Sometimes the meals are to big to finish but to good to leave behind. It doesn't make you a cheapskate at all. I once over heard a server comment on how wasteful a family was once because they left so much food.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Aug 09
That's another way of looking at it. I don't like to see really nice food being thrown away either. Thanks Jen!
@jaizhi (260)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
I always ask for doggy bag after I eat in the restuarant. I dont find it bad bacause I paid for my meal and besides what I am asking if for the left overs on my plate.:) My dog thinks its my back home gift for them... hehhe
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Aug 09
I love my restaurant meals too much to share with my dog! (LOL) I do agree that there isn't anything wrong with asking for a doggy bag; the meals are usually over sized anyway. Thanks for responding jaizhi!