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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/17/2009

Please Explain to Me ... Lettuce on Appetizer Plates

By Julia Beizer

Mmmmm. Lettuce. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post)

You've seen this scene before.

You're at happy hour at any number of pubby establishments, and you order a plate of deep-fried bar eats to sate your growling stomach. Why, oh, why, do they arrive on a bed of lettuce? This particularly egregious example comes to us courtesy of the Post Pub. I mean, that isn't even a bed of lettuce. That's like four strips of greasy, wilted iceberg that has shriveled under the heat from the mozzerella sticks.

So, Post Pub, you have the floor. Why the lettuce?

"I have no idea," said manager Kathy Caparatto. "I think it's decoration. Presentation, I suppose." Well, they're missing the mark on this particular plate. And no, no one ever asks for a side of Thousand Island and eats the lettuce. Only one of the pub's two chefs employs this garnish tactic, but he's not alone. The lettuce phenomenon has happened to me at places much nicer than the divey Post Pub. Why do restaurants do this? Commenters -- got an answer?

Hat tip to Post Rock for the inspired headline.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | September 17, 2009; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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Plates are hard, slippery surfaces, and deep fried foods have hard, slippery surfaces. A bed of lettuce keeps things from sliding off the plate while the food is being run and also prevents your plate of fried fare from being noticably covered with the grease that runs off the food when it arrives at your table.

Posted by: TomMcCammon | September 17, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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