Pass the Salt, please...

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2012/08/23 11:41:09 (permalink)

Pass the Salt, please...


Would you be upset if your favorite restaurant told you you couldn't salt your food?   What if they wouldn't let you put A1 on your steak because you should taste the steak and not the sauce?  No hot sauce on the table?

Boston Market is taking the salt shakers off all the tables.  I know many restaurant foods are full of sodium and a cut in sodium is probably a good thing for many people.  But, if I want to salt my food, I don't want that option taken away.   If they're going to serve me bland food, at least give me some other seasoning to use so I wouldn't need salt.

Is it coming down to carrying our own condiments?  This could save the food industry millions.  (I'm thinking about when the airlines removed one olive from their salads)

Is it really about our health?  The restaurants' creations?  Money?
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    chewingthefat
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 12:26:15 (permalink)
    I wouldn't go to Boston Market on a bet.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 13:34:29 (permalink)
    We have carried a small pepper grinder for years. Started doing that because our local breakfast place used that horrible Sysco black pepper dust and I wanted good pepper on their very good biscuits and sausage gravy.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 14:09:49 (permalink)
    As far as I know they just removed it from the table. I sure they will give it to you if you ask.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 16:14:23 (permalink)
    I agree, taking the salt off the table doesn't really make any sense. I pretty much never salt my food when eating out, but I'd like the option.
     
    I used to bring a bottle of Tapatio to a Mexican restaurant that didn't have any hot sauce on the tables (just salsa), until another patron saw it and told me about their spicy tomatillo sauce. Never brought it again.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 16:18:15 (permalink)
    Boston Markets food isn't salty enough?
     
    (I know, mar52, that's not your point. But I saw the cheap shot and took it. )
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 16:30:13 (permalink)
    I think it boils down to free advertising.  They got a name I rarely hear out in the press.
     
    I went to a Boston Market once.
     
    We have California Chicken Cafe.  I'd like to own a franchise it's that good.
     
     
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 17:24:42 (permalink)
    Hey Mar, I agree the Restaurant is there to make your dining experience, a good experience. Salt is used to enhance the flavor of food, if the restaurant doesn't season the food to the liking of the customer, then they can, and should, be able to do it themselves. It's not up to the restaurant to tell anyone how to eat their food..................Bill
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 17:58:14 (permalink)
    The article I read said the salt shakers would be at the condiment area but not on the tables. Seems like a publicity gimmick to get their name out there.
    BTW the only Boston Market meal I've had for several years was in West Palm Beach a few months back more or less out of desperation. A truly horrible meal.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 18:05:31 (permalink)
    The point being missed is, they should put way less salt in their food and allow the customer to add it if they wish. I rarely eat out, usually only when taken out on my birthday. I find most restaurant food so salty I can barely eat it.
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    mar52
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/23 18:38:28 (permalink)
    I can eat bland food at home.
     
    I prefer to add my seasonings with hot sauces but I expect food out to have some flavor without being too salty.
     
     
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 09:06:42 (permalink)
    I saw the article about this somewhere on line or another board and it stated that they were reducing the amount of salt in their side dishes. That's more meaningful than just removing salt shakers.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 10:23:15 (permalink)
    I seem to be getting way more sensitive to salt as I age. I find things too salty even when others don't.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 14:12:44 (permalink)
    It's a shame Boston Market  doesn't accept that they are serving adults who can decide for themselves what they want to consume and how they want their food to taste (Food Dictator Bloomberg seems to suffer from the same delusion). They should make it easy  for customers to have an enjoyable experience there, rather than a problematic one.
     
    That said, I always have Redmond Real Salt in my pocket, travel bag or briefcase, and if I'm having pancakes or waffles, you can bet I have authentic maple syrup with me.  I don't enjoy gagging on iodized table salt or laboratory pancake syrup.  It's good to know other people carry their favorite seasonings, too.
    post edited by MellowRoast - 2012/08/25 07:28:02
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 15:27:41 (permalink)
    Just wait.....the FDA will soon enforce it in all restaurants....for your "protection"
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 15:54:47 (permalink)
    Many real high end restaurants that have a celebrity chef do not have salt or pepper on their tables because the chef feels he has seasoned the food properly to begin with. The point is as I said up thread,  Boston Market, as have several others, is reducing salt in their prepared foods as well as moving salt to their condiment table.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 17:22:55 (permalink)
    I don't know if you can say they are taking away your choices when they lower the amount of sodium in their prepared dishes. I don't think we got a vote in the first place.
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 21:11:50 (permalink)
    I am not sure most fast food restaurants are really reducing the salt in their food. I mean, what they get from their suppliers is what they get. Boston Market( I have never eaten there) gets their food from a supplier-unless they have made a concerted effort to buy from someone who sells lower sodium food, it is what it is. Its not like a high end restaurant where a chef controls the amount of salt. And by the way, unless llechef tells me otherwise, chefs agree that some salt is reasonable while creating a dish.However, I want salt available at any restaurant I go to.Amen!
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/24 22:00:37 (permalink)
    Maybe Customers were stealing the salt shakers along with the Sweet & Low!!
    Not long ago, I saw a Blue Hair slip a bottle of Ketchup in her purse!!!
    post edited by Foodbme - 2012/08/24 22:01:51
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/25 16:40:57 (permalink)
    mar52

    I prefer to add my seasonings with hot sauces but I expect food out to have some flavor without being too salty.


    Then you shouldn't eat at Boston Market.
     
    I'd really rather have it be the other way around. Take the sodium/salt/msg OUT of the food, and put the shakers on the table. 1000mg of sodium a day is hard enough to adhere to if you cook for yourself, FORGET IT if you try and eat out. You who are not watching sodium can ALWAYS add more salt. We who are not supposed to have that much aren't able to take any out, so they might as well start off on the low end. I know it's a pipe dream. No one ever said corporate america used logic in their decision making processes.

     
    Boston Market makes their own potatoes, Annie. You can see the guy in the back mashing them when you place your order. Everything else comes from a plastic bag that they open & then they reheat the food.

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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/25 19:06:55 (permalink)
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    I prefer to add my seasonings with hot sauces but I expect food out to have some flavor without being too salty.

    No one ever said corporate america used logic in their decision making processes.

    Not true!
    Food purveyors including restaurant chains spend millions on market research, focus groups, food engineers & chemists, taste tests, etc to make food taste the way people will like it and buy it. Most people want the food they eat out to be flavorful. Salt enhances flavor so logically, they give people what they want.
    Then, along came the "Salt is BAD for you" people. So now, they give people what they want - less salt. It's all very logical.
    Despite all this logical reasoning, Boston Market food still sucks!!!!!! 
    post edited by Foodbme - 2012/08/25 19:09:48
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/29 10:47:40 (permalink)
    Boston Market has enough trouble keeping stores open without coming up with ways to make the customer experience any worse than it already is.
     
    On a related note, I wonder if Food Czar Bloomberg will now move to limit the number of egg yolks we can be served in a restaurant.
     
     
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/29 13:18:41 (permalink)
    Good to see you back, MellowRoast! Missed you.........
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/29 14:09:40 (permalink)
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    Just wait.....the FDA will soon enforce it in all restaurants....for your "protection"

    Call the salt police!!  " />
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    Re:Pass the Salt, please... 2012/08/30 09:03:33 (permalink)
    The no salt or pepper on the table seems to be a new trend. I personally use a lot of pepper especially on coleslaw and salad. If it is missing from the table I asked for it prior to ordering so I do not have to wait once my food comes. If it came under seasoned and they refused to to give me salt and pepper I would send it back. I would never return.
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