How should you tip for great food but terrible service?
I work as a cook. The only difference in pay for me and the servers is $1 an hour. The girls that work the front of the house make very, very good money. I have also been told that on the days they have me as a cook the tips they receive are triple what they make when I am off for the shift. If you get food you should always be willing to say you want the tip to go to the cook. With that being said if you have both a great server AND a wonderful meal, leave 2 separate tips. But, keep in mind if you don't specifically request a tip to go to the cook, it will never make it to the kitchen. I can tell you I have received less than $40 in tips this entire year, todays date is December 15...that is sad. Please tip your cooks. The pay differential between front of the house and back of the house staff that everyone talks about is not as real as you think.