Ten Ounce Steak

May 17, 2009

in Food & Drink Stories

I was dining at a restaurant on Cape Cod. One of the items on the menu was a 10 oz steak. There was a couple at the next table, and when their dinner was brought to the table, the man complained to the waiter that his steak was too small. The waiter assured the man that the steak was indeed a 10 oz steak, and the man insisted that it wasn’t. After a few rounds of this argument, the waiter went to get the manager. The manager explained to the man that 10 oz was the uncooked weight of the steak. But the man insisted that his steak was too small to even have been 10 oz before cooking. The discussion got a little bit heated, to where both parties were talking loud enough for the whole restaurant to hear.

At this point, the manager turned heel and stalked back into the kitchen. A few minutes later, he returned carrying a box and a food scale. He put the box and the scale down on their table, and proceeded to pull raw steaks out of the box. One after another. Each time, he took a steak out of the box, he threw it on the scale, pointed, and yelled: “10 ounces!”. He then would throw that steak on the table, get another one out of the box, throw it on the scale, and again, exclaim: “10 ounces!”. After the 10 steaks had been so weighed the diner told the manager that he’d had enough of his bad behavior and the couple left. The manager shouted after them that they had not paid their bill, and the man shouted back something that I can’t repeat on a family site. It did add some significant entertainment to our meal, but I decided against having the steak.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Hugh May 18, 2009 at 8:27 am

I hope the manager had him arrested for failure to pay.


kurt May 18, 2009 at 8:50 am

Funny, if I were the manager I would done the same thing only a little calmer


Aislynn May 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

That is freakin' hilarious! I can just see it. SLAP of steak. "10 Ounces!" SLAP! "10 Ounces!"


Laura November 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

I work at a steakhouse that's fairly pricey, but you get what you pay for and then some. I find folks buy the 10 steak cause it's cheaper, not because it's what they really want. Then I get the complaint that "my side dish is bigger than the steak!" or "the rest of the steak will be right out!" (which I heard night before last.) I choose to ignore these comments.

Regardless, I had a man send his steak back 3 times (different restaurant), he said his steak wasn't cooked right. I finally got the manager involved who took the irritated man back into the kitchen and showed him exactly how his steak was cooked as the lighting in the kitchen was different than in the dining room. The man became very nice to me and tipped well.. sometimes people just need to be schooled. 😉


ps November 23, 2009 at 7:17 am

Good one-


Amber May 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm

a 10 oz steak really isn't that large in size, it's more then enough of a portion of meat for one diner but if you're thinking 10 oz is going to be the size of a plate you'll be surely disappointed.


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