Doggie Bag De Rigueur

Doggie Bag De Rigueur

Food & Drink

Doggie Bag De Rigueur


By Cari Martens

In today’s tight economy, the doggie bag rarely makes it to the dog. More restaurant patrons than ever are bringing home tonight’s dinner leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Sorry, Fido.

Everything’s being carted home these days, even the remains of a green salad no longer goes to waste. That’s according to a story by Debra A. Aleksinas published on

Small items like toast, ordered dry, are being wrapped up and carried home, reports one waitress.

Why, even First Lady Michelle Obama was photographed departing a Chicago restaurant on Valentine’s Day with a shopping bag that reportedly included leftovers. But, hey, the First Family has a dog now, so maybe they’ll share some of their high-level leftovers with Bo. Then again, maybe not.

p(left caption). Will First Dog “Bo” get his share?

Vasilios Kaloidis, of Vasi’s Restaurant in Waterbury, Conn., and other eateries in the area, estimates that 50 to 80 percent of his customers ask for containers for leftovers, and he said he does the same when dining out.

More and more restaurateurs are providing microwave-save containers for the convenience of customers today, rather than the styrofoam clam shells. The Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn., is one such establishment.

Money-saving website recently carried this anonymous entry: ‘I always finish my salad when dining out, because my leftover meal can be brought home should I get full. I love bread and rolls and always ask for seconds. If there are any left over, waitstaff is always very willing to pack them with my leftovers.’

Another commented that some people go so far as to ask the server to pack away half their meal before they even start eating, so they won’t be tempted to overeat.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there today…but very little of it ever reaches the pooch’s bowl. Bo Obama’s only comment: “Woof!”

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