In honor of Conan O'Brien's viral video faceoff between Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the staff of Chicago's rudest restaurant Wiener's Circle, Grub Street San Francisco released a list of the thirteen most abusive restaurants in America.
And though the East Coast has traditionally held the title for meanest waitstaff demeanor, San Francisco made the list a staggering three times--more than any other city in the nation.
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Say it ain't so, Grub Street!
While other cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia were cited for their loud-mouth attitudes, San Francisco was noted for its stringent rules (see the list of ways to get kicked out of Zeitgeist), stifling in-house etiquette (don't even think of dunking your sushi rice first in soy sauce) and all-around tough love. And then again, there's always Sam Wo.
Has our bar and restaurant reverence gone too far? Grub Street got us thinking about a few not-so-hospitable interactions of our own.
Check out a few of San Francisco's most infamously rude bar and restaurants and add a few of your favorites in the comments section. Then, watch Insult the Comic Dog taking on Weiner's Circle in the video below:
Regulars know the drill, but for unsuspecting newcomers drawn in for a show, <a href="http://www.hemlocktavern.com/" target="_hplink">the Hemlock</a> can be quite alarming. With a stellar free jukebox, cheap drinks and a great lineup of bands, the bar is a HuffPost SF favorite. But just remember: don't order a complicated cocktail and, for the love of all that is holy, don't ask them to make your drink strong. <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/staxnet/4090909295/" target="_hplink">Photo courtesy Flickr: staxnet</a>.</em>
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/cafe-gratitude-closes_n_1119452.html" target="_hplink">Lawsuits aside</a>, Café Gratitude still serves up some of the best organic vegan food we've tasted. It also serves up the most sarcastic, eye-rolling and generally annoyed service in town. <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomatoesandfriends/4882992842/" target="_hplink">Photo courtesy Flickr: tomatoes and friends </a></em>
Patrons generally aren't looking for service at this late-night greasy spoon chain. And it's a good thing, because service isn't what they're getting. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/2416957021/" target="_hplink">Photo courtesy Flickr: Thomas Hawk</a>
Grub Street <a href="http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/2012/06/americas-abusive-rude-restaurants-bars-list.html#photo=3x00004" target="_hplink">mentioned Zeitgeist in its list</a>, citing the no-pictures policy and ornery bartenders. <a href="http://www.thebolditalic.com/AshleyHarrell/stories/987-tough-love" target="_hplink">The Bold Italic</a> also relayed a particularly amusing anecdote about the gentleman who was kicked out after proposing to his girlfriend and then popping a bottle of non-Zeitgeist champagne. (<a href="http://www.thebolditalic.com/AshleyHarrell/stories/987-tough-love" target="_hplink">"Congratulations, but you gotta get the fuck out of here," Joey remembers being told.</a>) <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thurmie/99504117/" target="_hplink">Photo courtesy Flickr: thurmie</a>.
The Mint Karaoke Lounge
As San Francisco's karaoke institution, the Mint can get away with a lot and it does. But the popular spot is perhaps most notoriously known for its tyrannical karaoke jockey. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/2988614557/" target="_hplink">Flickr: courtesy Jeremy Brooks</a>
Lime, we love you, we miss you. And we understand that the bottomless brunch clientele may have been impossible to deal with. Your rude waitstaff only added to your charm. Rest in peace. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfguardianphotos/583246800/" target="_hplink">Photo courtesy San Francisco Bay Guardian</a>
The reigning champion always and forever. Also noted by Grubstreet, <a href="http://samwo-restaurant.com/" target="_hplink">Sam Wo</a> is famous for the late "world's rudest waiter." And though Edsel Ford Fong (who even had his own Wikipedia page) died in 1984, the tradition clearly passed down. We'll be first in line with this place reopens.