Have You Ever Forgotten Your “To-Go” Box?

You would think that this would never happen to someone like me.  Forgetting your boxed up leftovers at the restaurant!  There’s a first time for everything and last night I left 4 slices of Grilled Barbecued Pizza from The Tomato Palace in a take-home box at the table.  Tragic 🙁 .  I love leftover pizza too… but who doesn’t?!  Note to the chef at The Tomato Palace: Ease up on the red onions and add a little more sweetness to your barbecue sauce and you’ll get an extra thumbs up from me.  Note to the leftover pizza I left at the table: I liked you a lot and I’m sorry for the disrespect you must have felt being left at the table.

15 comments on “Have You Ever Forgotten Your “To-Go” Box?

  1. Justin says:

    I have probably forgotten to take leftovers about a dozen times in my life, and I would guess at least ten of those times it was pizza. (And probably at least half those times it was bbq chicken pizza.)

  2. Adam Bomb says:

    “Forgetting to take leftovers home” is my middle name.

  3. Raiders757 says:

    For some reason, I’ve always been good about not leaving my leftovers behind. I think it has to do with my cheap nature. I choose to have leftovers for a reason. That reason being, to make more than one meal out of my often overpriced experiences when eating out. I’m sure I have left something behind in the past, but it’s far too long ago to remember. My best guess would be sometime in the early 90’s before NFL Sunday Ticket. I’m sure I got drunk enough watching the Raiders at my favorite sports bar, that I left my hot wings behind a time or two. Hell, those days were so much fun, I left a tab behind a few times, and had to go back the next day to clear my good name. Thank goodness they liked me/tolerated me(which reminds me, I owe them a visit here soon, as I miss hanging out there).

    Bummer for you though, as those slices of pie were probably thrown away. Shame on you at the same time. One day you’ll get married, so your odds of this happening will be greatly reduced, as these sort of things will effect more than just yourself.

  4. Jessica Leigh says:

    Oh no! I really hate it when I do this. Most of the time, I purposefully leave enough of my food so I’ll have a meal for later. At least 20% of the time, I leave my to-go carton in the restaurant. A few times, I remembered and went back, only to find out they had already thrown it away, which is even worse. One time, the pizza place felt bad and actually gave me three slices in a box for free, even though it wasn’t the same kind I ordered!

  5. Justin says:

    Sometimes, I leave food intentionally. I had Shrimp Fra Diavolo in Vegas last month, but had to take a flight immediately after dinner. It was kind of spicy, uncomfortable to eat and full of tomato sauce, so I didn’t really try to eat the pasta as much as I could have, but I ate all the shrimp. Of course, I couldn’t carry it on the plane, so I had to leave it. The waitress asked me if I liked the food, and I said yeah, it was great, but I couldn’t carry it…I probably hurt the chef’s feelings, lol.

  6. Travis says:

    The time I remember most was when I intentionally put half of my order in a take-home box at the start of the meal (for diet purposes) and then ended up leaving it under the table and not remembering until I was halfway home. That was the first and last time I ever tried that dieting technique.

  7. Cassaendra says:

    We’ve done it twice.

    Once, we were at a Japanese restaurant and I laughed and pointed out to my husband take out boxes left on the table next to us. I ordered unagyu (Japanese grilled eel) and purposely ate less than a fifth of my dish so I could have leftovers later. He is the one that always preps the leftovers 100% of the time when we eat out, unless the server takes it back to the kitchen to box.

    I was so angry. My husband will likely never forget it because I reminded him for 5-6 years each time we went out for dinner and had leftovers, which is frequent.

    The table next to us were newbies to Japanese food based on their questions and most of them barely touched their food. The thought had crossed my mind that they may have left it on purpose, but I wouldn’t ask a server to get boxes just to leave it behind because I didn’t like it.

    After I returned to my office and realized my leftovers were amiss, I did wish I took the lady’s leftover untouched unagyu.

  8. Hunter says:

    I never have leftovers cause I always finish my whole meal.

  9. Tom H says:

    oh yeah, I’ve done it before – and I’ve felt the hurt badly enough that as I’ve been enjoying a meal, I’ve chased down many a person after seeing them walk away from their boxed leftoevers

  10. Cassaendra says:

    Oops, sorry about misspelling “unajyu.” ARGH!

  11. S Spann says:

    Not only have I done this, I’ve actually also had experience with its slightly less respectable cousin, “leaving the drive thru after paying and before they hand you the bag of food.”

    Note: they always have it when you remember and go back.

    Note: sometimes they even manage not to laugh.

  12. Shannon says:

    I can honestly say that I have never left my to go box at a restaurant. I wish that I could say that I have never left my credit card, but that would be a lie.

  13. Francois says:

    When I travel to Europe, I really miss the ability to take leftovers home. They don’t do that over there. I’ve forgotten my “to-go box” several times at restaurants in the States, though.

    It’s the mental math that you have to do in your head for the tip that does it, I say. It puts you into a state of being that makes you subconsciously not want to take the leftovers. You’re frustrated because the waitress never came back to get another drink for you and suddenly you’re in the parking garage and you realize you left your boxed leftovers on the table. But you don’t care, so you take it out on the parking garage attendant by being gruff.

    It’s rather sad, really.

  14. Carol says:

    I left my “to-go” box today at a Thai Restaurant. I absolutely love Thai food and when the sudden realization of forgetting the food at the table hit me, I honestly felt really bad. I know, there are worse things to feel upset about, but I felt like I wasted so much perfectly good and tasty food :(.

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