Skip to main content

$40 date: Dive Bar Delightful Night

My latest $40 comes from a weekend getaway to New Orleans. I was traveling to the Crescent City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my Gamma Phi Beta chapter being on the Loyola campus. Although there to see sorority sisters I also wanted to spend some time enjoying the city with the bf so we had a late dinner Friday night at one of my favorite places: Port of Call 


Port of Call is basically a pirate themed dive bar, and usually that is not my thing but honestly, I just don't think a trip to Nola is complete without a visit. There's also a pirate themed dive bar in Memphis and I've only been once so that's not the attraction - it might be the fond college memories, the dark and mysterious ambiance, or just the fact that the food is really good - it's probably a combination of these. Seriously though, it's so dark inside I couldn't get an ambiance picture for y'all. Beyond not spending a fortune going out the point of $40 dating is to get creative and try different things so even if I wasn't going to one of my favorite places I wouldn't have minded a trip to a dive bar, for me its certainly something different.
 
It's a popular destination so there's usually a wait, since we got there after dinner time we only had a 40 minute wait, I would say we were seated in 30. We got a monsoon drink to share while waiting, luckily the weather was nice enough. I knew exactly what I wanted before we even sat down but since Shaun was a first timer he looked over the menu, not that there's much to choose from.




 
I think its really weird they charge for sour cream yet bacon bits are free but whatever. We both got our potato with a topping but when my burger came loaded with cheese I remembered that it is possible to use some for ones potato, I also think the sour cream amount is excessive but apparently not everyone agrees with that. Since we weren't looking to party and had spent the day driving we were both tired and decided the one monsoon split was enough. If you really don't want to share drinks you could get two $5 smaller drinks. I realize most people will want more than one small drink but look my goal here is to show that dates around $40 are possible, you can make you date however expensive with as much booze as you want - as long as you drink responsibly of course : ). I am typically a wine drinker anyway so I find myself not doing well with more than one hard liquor cocktail so the one drink split was just fine for me.


The large drink and some waters were just what we needed to wash down this deliciousness. 


 
After our bellies were full we left very happy and only had a 3 block walk to the car, lucky us. Parking is this neighborhood can be hard to come by.
 
Total cost for this Date
One Monsoon to share $10 
Two Burgers and Potatoes $26
Tax $3.51 
Tip $6.49 
Total $46* 

*So this date is a little over $40, but you might have noticed on the other $40 dates there have been instances of a few dollars left over. These dollars add up and can be saved for a budget buster or splurge night. For me I was in New Orleans on vacation so it was totally splurge worthy. From the previous dates posted the splurge fund had $9, so now it's down to $3. 




Comments

  1. This looks so good!

    But...tip should be at least 20% of the POST-TAX amount. Everywhere I've been a server, we pay out (tip out the hostesses, bussers, bartenders, etc) on our post-tax amount, and that's the amount we have to claim as well. So the tip should be calculated after that amount. I know not everyone has worked in the service industry (and doesn't know that it's basically working for nothing - I've gotten a paycheck once, the rest was tips) but that's the way, according to the awful system we have in this country, that it should be figured.

    ReplyDelete
  2. that is interesting regarding the post tax because I have always been told pre tax and never known anyone to tip on the tax so I'll keep that in mind in the future. However, I completly disagree with your statement of at least 20% calculation, 15 to 20% is the norm and ultimatley it is at the discrection of the customer. Personally I think leaving anything less than 15% is tacky even if service was bad but I also think excellent tips should only be left for excellent service.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It could be different other places. Just the places I've worked (chains, a couple of local places) have done sales post-tax.

    I think, in theory, you're right about the 20%. I mostly used that as an example (I tend to tip at least 30% - but I toiled for YEARS making nothing as a server, despite being a very very good one). But the problem isn't anything to do with how much is appropriate - because no amount of money is appropriate when you're "making" $2.13 an hour and tipping out your tips.

    Basically, if I sell $1000 worth of food/drinks, if I'm awesome (and if everyone tips, which is never the case - I was pulling about a 50% getting stiffed rate at Fridays downtown) and everyone gives me 20% that's $200. I probably worked, let's say 4pm to 2am (because, remember, I have to be there to roll silverware and do sidework for at least an hour after my last table - and that's conservative). So that's 10 hours. $20 bucks an hour! Yes!

    Oh wait.

    I sold $1000. I tip 2% to the hostesses, 2% to the bussers, and 4% to the bartenders. Those are realistic numbers. That's not my choice. It's required. So there's $20 to the hostesses, $20 to the bussers, and $40 to the bartenders. $80. So now I've made $120. Still not bad - $12 an hour. But that's if every table tipped me 20%. I'm not getting a paycheck from work (that $2.13 an hour goes just to taxes - because we get taxed on our tips that we claim). If every table tipped me 15%, I would have made $150 - $80 = $70. $7 an hour.

    But if I had a table that stayed for an hour and stiffed me, or a walkout, or a table that left me change (church ladies...), or a table that left me a flyer about Jesus, or a table that ordered all their drinks from the bar and left me nothing - I'm quickly down to walking out of a 10 hour shift with $40 in my pocket. I've had it happen.

    It's not your responsibility to make up for other people, or to make up for a terrible system. But 20% should be the standard, never less than 15%. Because the system is fundamentally flawed.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Why 4% to the bar, seems high consider food vs beverage prices. Not all places are like that though, where my sister worked the hostess made $8 an hour and was not tipped out, bartenders were tipped on alcohol only and it was up to the server to get with bussers and food runners but they also got minimum wage.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's different everywhere I'm sure. Sometimes I've paid out 4%, sometimes 2%, sometimes 1%. It just depends on the place really (and my last serving job was THE WORST). I would love to work somewhere that did that though - it's so ridiculous how little servers get paid in this country.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Medical Facial at Ashtoria

Y'all, it has been soooooo long since I've tried a new beauty treatment to share with y'all. Partially because I've fallen into a skin care routine but also partially because it hasn't been an areas of focus, which is terrible because taking care of your skin should always be an area of focus. Lucky for me the ladies as Ashtoria were able to get me back on track.  

I recently found out about Ashtoria while attending an event at The Shops of Carriage Crossing and was excited to learn about the medical aesthetics offerings. Although I put a hold on getting Botox a few years ago I'm always down to check out the latest in anti aging. I'd love to one day get laser treatments but I don'[t feel like I'm there yet so for an entry level introduction into the Ashtoria offerings I decided to book a medical grade facial. One thing that I typically find overwhelming when thinking about getting a facial is there can be so many types to choose from and I'm u…

$40 Date - Sushi Jimmi

For the longest time in Memphis some of the best sushi in town came from a gas station. Everyone from Memphis reading this is now nodding and smiling and everyone out of town now has now scrunched up their face and is saying "eww". But seriously, "Sushi Jimmi" has been making sushi daily and delivering it to be sold in the little pre-packed containers for years and it is so good. Luckily for Memphians we can now get this delicious sushi fresh and it's a prefect place for a casual date night. Sushi Jimmi is not a fancy or hip décor filled sushi joint - it's in an old Wendy's. But it's clean, convenient and most of all -cheap! Here's the menu: The sushi rolls are very generous! We are able to go and split the crawfish nachos and one sushi roll so with tax and tip we can get out on $30.
The Godzilla Roll
Spicy Crawfish Nachos The food comes out pretty quickly so we're usually in and out in an hour leaving us time to catch a movie at the $3 …

Gingham Style for Any Size

Oh my goodness, I think we skipped spring and went straight to summer in Memphis y’all!And considering the weather won’t even think of cooling down until the end of October I’m looking at a long stretch of needing warm weather clothing. Now don’t get me wrong, I love floral just as much as the next girly girl but my favorite spring / summer print is actually gingham.

I knew I wanted to talk more about gingham I didn’t want to just show y’all the same pieces you’ve already seen me in and I also wanted to show how gingham is something truly for everyone– luckily I have a great tribe of blogger babes in Memphis so I can share with you gingham styled differently and worn on different sizes!
When Denise and Magen agreed to show off gingham style with me I kept the guidelines pretty simple – wear something gingham. So I love how with no planning on our parts not only did we all style gingham differently and pick different colors we also picked different pieces.
I would love to buy a gingham …

Vi Peel

2018 Update: Hello Internet! Welcome to my most popular blog post - I presume you're here because you're considering getting a facial peel. Please keep in mind this is an old post and my photo quality is not great. Please feel free to read and enjoy but I do want to let you know that as the years have passed I have taken a more proactive approach with my skin care and I do not get frequent peels. If you'd like to see my modern approach to skincare check out some of my other beauty posts and I'd love for you to connect with me on Instagram to keep up with my latest and greatest recommendations.
___________________________________________________________________________________

Hello! So I got my first Vi Peel which I was super excited about. Since the Botox post was popular I figure y'all would like this too. Besides, it's well established I'm beyond any sense of privacy or shame here.
I got my first peel years ago - a mild Glycolic peel added onto my fac…

Anti Aging High vs Low Review

I recently received the Iconic Edition of the Sephora Play Box (read my review here) and one of the products I was most excited to try out was Crème de La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream because well it's super famous and also hella expensive so of course I wanted to know what's the big deal. The .24 oz sample included was enough for about two week's use - so a one ounce jar would last about 2 months. About a week in as I was getting ready in the morning I starting noticing that my skin did indeed look different - I looked clearer and under my eyes my lines looked a little softer and my circles less dark. I took this selfie to document my skins look - because #vain - plus I knew I would need it for this longer review. I think there's still room for improve with my skin's texture but it had only been a week.
My problem was that a month's supply - the .5 oz jar - is $85 and while that might not seem bad to some it is in major conflict with my goal of being fina…