RE: The Customer is Always Wrong!
Would you like to be the pot or the kettle?
I am a New Orleans native and happened to be in the same dining room as you on the night in question. To say that YOUR behavior in that restaurant was ""merely [GROTESQUE] would be the understatement of the century.""
I'm sorry but reading this cavalier garbage has simply infuriated me. First of all, you've taken what really happened, shaved off the facts, done some serious finessing then put the whole thing into a tacky, poorly written attempt at convincing not only others, but more so yourself, that you are more than just a legend in your own mind. By the way... a reference to communist Eastern Berlin does not make you sound cultured and worldly - quite the opposite.
Not only did you almost succeed in ruining our evening, but you completely mortified the sweet little couple who were dining with you, with your pompous pouting over a steak (which was fine and you know it) and the fact that the manager wasn't going to give your incessant belittling of his restaurant, staff and his knowledge of the ""definition"" of hospitality, any occasion. He was polite, he was sincere, he made several genuine attempts to put out the fire, to which you continued to add fuel, and finally, he'd had enough of you. I don't know what your ""pedigree"" is (I'm sure you are DYING to tell us all about it), but clearly entering someone's home for the first time and putting your shoes all over the furniture, behaving like a spoiled, ill-mannered child, insulting and cursing the host and storming out, is O.K. in your book. You're right, you are exactly the type of sophisticated gentlemen this society needs to be learning from.
You also CONVENIENTLY robbed your captivating story of the part where you crumpled up the bill and threw it at the little, blonde captain's face, hitting her square in the forehead. THAT, my smart friend, is considered assault. Look it up. I'm sure that you will. You refused to pay the bill PERIOD. You made snide comments to on-lookers upon storming out. You cursed the owner and made all who had to witness your uncouth behavior, very uncomfortable.
We HOWEVER, had a lovely time! The food was superb, the service was steady (given the fact that the restaurant was PACKED and it was Christmas Eve) and the staff were charming and professional. I found it so impressive that Marc was completely involved in every aspect of service. You will never find a restaurant owner anymore, who actually RUNS the restaurant. That to me was so refreshing and made me, as a guest, feel important and respected. When people are evasive and pawn you off on an assistant, it?s insulting. With Broussard's and the Preuss family, what you see is what you get -> the highest degree of respect.