Found this via Chicagoist and FARK, among others. Zagat's released its 2004/2005 Chicago Restaurants Survey today and among the revelations - Chicagoans tip well. On average, a waiter at a Chicago restaurant will receive a tip of 18.8%, above the U.S. 18.5% average. While we don't tip as well as those free-spending 19.1% tipping Atlantans, we do much better than the 18.0% cheapskate Los Angeleans give aspiring actors/waiters.
That Chicago 18.8% is on an average tab of $31.64, up 4% from last year.
Meanwhile, Morsels at Chicago Magazine nominates Heat for the "Dubious Business Practice of the Week". When you get the check at Heat, they ask you to write in the tip before they run your credit card. The problem is the slip comes back with the tip now added in and a line for "additional tip"! I've got a tip for you - don't eat at Heat until they stop this practice. How many people have been tricked into double tipping?
I wonder what would have happened if Humphrey Bogart had eaten at Heat? Bogie once not only tipped a waiter, he toppled him. Bogart asked a waiter from Club 21 in New York who'd given him particularly bad service into the men's room, where he knocked him unconscious. The waiter got the last laugh, however, successfully suing Bogart for $15,000. That story and more can be found here.