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I had an unusual experience eating at the Altsteirische Schmankerlstube in Graz (a Fodor's recommendation) - at least it's never happened to me before. Not only was the restaurant hot and full of more foreigners than I'd yet seen in town, not only did they get my order wrong, not only was the food mediocre at best, but as I reached the end of my main course and wine my waitress reappeared and conveyed that they wanted my table (I was alone at a table for two) and the one next to it for a group of four. The two women next to me had spent most of my meal trying to get their bill, and had finally succeeded and left, and a couple had been seated at a four-top across the way, apparently against their wishes. Now the hostess (in a different room across a passage) wanted to me to join the couple.

I had already decided to skip dessert, and asked for my bill instead of moving. It arrived with remarkable promptness, together with the four men in need of a table. As I left I wondered what I would have done if I'd been in the middle of a course, which for all the hostess knew could well have been the case. Then I wondered what other Fodorites would have done?

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