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Dining Out At Events

I love eating good food at reasonable prices just as much as I love exploring. Often it takes as much time to find a 5-star restaurant with reasonable prices in the event area, as it does to plan the event. However, it's usually well worth the extra time. Feedback from many Fleas indicates that they really like this feature of the hikes.

If you eat out with the group, then it is important to understand these guidelines.

1- If we meet for food before a hike then you need to be on time. Some restaurants will not seat the group unless we are all there. If you are late, then you may have to sit at another table.

2- Bring cash to pay the bill. Some restaurants don't take credit cards. Paying by credit card also delays the group and can complicate figuring the bill. On my own, I always pay by credit card. With the group, I always pay cash.

3- If you do need to pay by credit card, pay only your portion of bill, not the entire bill. Some restaurants allow us to pay individual checks, so in this case, how you pay makes no difference.

A BIG NO NO
Some folks think that they can pay the entire bill by credit card, take all the cash, and then not figure out what they owe. This is a NO NO for a host of reasons.
One, if others overpay or give a generous tip, then you end up pocketing this money instead of it going to the server. On the other hand, if the restaurant overstates the bill or a member pays too little, then you overpay. You can't come back after the fact to ask for money, because there is now no proof where the mistake was made. So, you must always calculate your portion of the bill. Best for the group if you have cash.

4- We do not evenly split a bill for obvious reasons. Some folks order toast and soup, others order steak. Some folks do not drink, some have 2 or 3 alcoholic drinks. It's only fair that you pay for what you order, even if you decide to share food with others. We usually try to get separate checks or as many checks as possible to make figuring easy.

5- If we're given a group check, you must figure out what you owe for food, drink, tax, and gratuity. Be prepared to leave about 20% tip, because the tip is often on the bill. With the group you do not have a choice to leave less tip if the tip is on the bill and/or the service is decent.

6- Tax and tip is about 25%-30% in addition to your food/drink bill. In Philly with 8% tax the number is 28%. Usually 26% otherwise.

HOW TO FIGURE YOUR BILL
In Philly the tax is 8%, usually 6% elsewhere. Sometimes the tax on alcohol is different, but this is too complicated for me. I treat alcohol just like food. If we tip around 20%, then tax and tip is around 26-28%. I add 30% tax and tip to the food bill in Philly, 25% elsewhere.

Here are some sample calculations and guidelines you can use if you are not a math person. If you are not sure, I can figure what you owe in about 20 seconds.
Tip: Round numbers off when you add up your food items. Add or subtract a little afterwards to make up for rounding off.

Food Total In Philly-->What you owe for Food, Tax, and Tip = 30% (add 10% of bill three times to get 30%)
$10-->$13
$15-->$19.50;
$20-->$26.

Outside of Philly--> For 25% tax and tip, add 1/4 more on to your bill.
$10 yields $12.50
$15 yields $18.75 ($19)
$20 yields $25

We are rarely short. Sometimes I even add my bill incorrectly. If the tip ends up more than 30% I return money.

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