More No-Nos: Please donâ€™t swoop down on my table the minute weâ€™ve sat down and ask, â€œWould you like something to drink?â€ Chances are we would, but how can we possibly know until weâ€™ve had a minute to look at the wine list? Clearly this swooping maneuver is more appropriate for a cocktail lounge where drinking is the point. No one serious about food would kill her palate with a Cosmopolitan before ordering a decent wine and dinner. It just feels rushed so stop it! . . . About my recent rant chiding servers who trivialize the whole dining experience by asking patrons if theyâ€™re â€œstill working on that?â€ Why not try something like this? â€œMay I take your plate?â€ or, â€œIs there anything else youâ€™d like?â€ Almost any phrase that doesnâ€™t sound like something from World Federation Wrestling would be fine.