Dining Poll: Should You Have to Ask Your Server to Pass the Salt?

Unfortunately for Angelina Jolie, the movie 'Salt' didn't prove nearly as popular as the mineral form that's often -- but not always -- found on dining tables.

You can probably divide the world of diners into two groups — those who consider a salt shaker or a small dish of kosher salt as important as a fork and those who rarely salt their food. I’m not as addicted to salt as, say, my friend Michele (who often salts before tasting, a practice that drives me absolutely batty!), but I’ve been known to salt my steak (and my bread, too, which sounds weird but is actually really tasty!).

When I’ve had to ask for salt at a restaurant, the assumption on the part of several servers has been that there’s — Gasp! — something wrong with the food (No, just my palate, thankyouverymuch.). I wonder, then, should salt automatically be served to avoid such exchanges — or not? At a certain level of restaurant, is it wrong to ask for salt? What do you think? Take our poll and weigh in!


  1. Carol Hall says

    I taste the food first, but want the option to add salt and/or pepper if I would prefer my food that way. It is, after all, MY FOOD since I purchased it from the restaurant and chef, who are there to please their CLIENTS. I also salt bread and don’t think that is unusual as most restaurants use unsalted butter AKA sweet butter.


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