Saturday, June 10, 2023

A Review Of Vida Garden

Hey friends! It’s been a long time since i’ve done restaurant reviews, but lately, I’ve decided to start doing it again. As far as restaurants go, loving good food is in my blood and I’ll be damned if I’d stop doing it. Today, we’re going to talk about a restaurant that needs to check its attitude problem.

I’ll be honest. I’ve had a very, very rough couple of weeks. I’ve been dealing with clients who didn’t pay, a total lack of attention from my partner, a busted elbow, as well as a slew of abuse from other people in my circles. Usually, when this happens, I’ll go out to a new restaurant to get my mind off things. This night, Vida Garden was supposed to be that place.

Vida Garden

Unfortunately, the bouncers kept finding reasons to reject me at the door. I was polite. I even went back home to dress up again. After attempt number three to get in, I finally interjected and asked them, “Look, if you don’t want me here, why don’t you just tell me?”

Maybe it was the fact that my partner isn’t white. Maybe it’s because my eyes were puffy from crying all day. Maybe it was because I clearly looked desperate for a night out. Whatever it is, the bouncers made sure to get aggressive with my spouse and I. What’s sadder? We were half the bouncer’s size. 

Usually, I try to give myself a break and go out elsewhere. Instead, that night, I snapped. I straight up had a meltdown at the side of the road. All I wanted was a nice night out, a bit of romance, and some fun. And somehow, a bunch of snobs didn’t think I was good enough to have as a client. 

That night I drove home and decided to do nothing but scream and cry. It’s not flattering to me, but it’s true. I broke down. I couldn’t do it anymore and my partner was beyond livid. Like, new restaurants should be happy to have new clients. What was their deal?

Whatever it was, they probably might end up reading this article sooner rather than later. If they do, I hope they learn a few things…

A Review Of Vida Garden
That person who is going to an upscale restaurant dressed kinda funny might be a food critic for a magazine
  1. Check your attitude problem. That person who is going to an upscale restaurant dressed kinda funny might be a food critic for a magazine. This could have been a great review, but it now is a testament to your bullshit behavior. You’re not that hot. Be humble, and you’d make a lot more money.
  2. If you’re new, you should learn who’s who in the area. I’m not saying I’m anyone major, but I am saying that I’m not the only published magazine writer who lives in the area. If you treat them like dirt, don’t be surprised if magazines blackball you or charge you crazy advertising fees.
  3. A person who looks shaggy but walks around like they own the place probably tips well. Just saying, I usually tip 15 percent for bad service. I’ve been known to tip as much as 25. Please tell your waiters about the money they lost there.
  4. People will never forget how you made them feel. When I think of My Ranch Taquiera, I can’t help but smile because I truly connected with the guy who was cooking those tacos. I was thrilled to hear about his American dream coming true. With you? I’ll remember how your restaurant acted as very unnecessary salt in the wound. 

Real talk, you lost what could have been extremely loyal regulars. Think twice, Vida Garden.

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Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart is a food critic, writer, and at home culinary enthusiast!


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