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David asked in Food & DrinkEntertaining · 10 months ago

Where did the question, "What can I get started for you?" at restaurants begin?

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This question, I've found, is a new phenomenon at restaurants. The standard questions when one's order is being taken are, "what can I get for you?", "what would you like?" and "how can I help you"? I'd just like to know how this question got started because it's so odd.

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  • 10 months ago
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    It’s an informal intro to the service experience, and it’s often meant to imply beverage orders to “start”, or in marketing a “starter” or appetizer as the first course.

    • David10 months agoReport

      Very good answer. Thank you for your insight.

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  • GEEGEE
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    9 months ago

    Have never heard the question phrased that particular way. Perhaps it's a regional thing. It might be a suggestion that an appetizer be selected - a way of upselling.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Nobody says that to me. Make me a baloney sandwich in case I get hungry.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    probably since the beginning of time

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Oh god you devil seriously

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