Created By: Welkin on December 10, 2012 Last Edited By: DAN004 on August 1, 2014
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Overcomplicated Menu Order

An order for an insanely complicated food or drink item.

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"I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles."

A character makes an order in a restaurant or cafe that is so ludicrously complicated it'll be a wonder if the waiter/barista/cashier can remember half of it. This is frequently used to show pretentiousness on the part of the one making the order, though Rule of Funny is often just as likely an explanation.

This is done particularly often with espresso beverages, custom cocktails and food with overly-precise details, although incidents of the character ordering off the menu also count.

Usually a subtrope of Drink Order. See also Must Have Caffeine. May be a trait of an Unsatisfiable Customer.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Depending on your opinion of the intelligence of the workers there, an old Burger King ad from 1974 could count.
    "Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce
    "Special orders don't upset us
    "All we ask is that you let us serve it your way"

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Nichijou, after Yukko fails miserably at ordering off the complicated new coffee list, she invites Mio to the same coffee shop to watch her flail, but Mio flawlessly recites one of these.

     Comic Books 
  • In one of the D.R. & Quinch stories from the comic book series 2000 AD, D.R. wants to appear eccentric at a fancy restaurant and so orders four dozen lobsters, wearing Prussian Blue waistcoats. Then when they're delivered, he complains that the waistcoats are Turquoise Blue, "and where are the chocolate-covered ant's brains?"

     Fan Works 
  • From the MLP:FIM fic Avocation, we have a "venti two-thirds decaf low-fat soy caramel macchiato with whipped cream, mocha sprinkles, and a sprig of hay. And a cranberry orange-peel scone."

    Film 
  • In the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera, Groucho, playing the shady social consultant Otis B. Driftwood and operating solely along the lines of the Rule of Funny, orders two to three portions of what seems to be everything on the menu in an illogical way, punctuating his selections after each item with an order for "three hard-boiled eggs" for the stowaways hiding in his stateroom.
  • Casino Royale (the Daniel Craig version) puts a twist on the usual James Bond martini by having him order one consisting of:
    Bond: "Two measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice and add a thin slice of lemon peel."
And after four of the other people at the table decide they want one too, Le Chiffre sarcastically wonders aloud if anyone's interested in playing poker instead of drinking. This is also a Mythology Gag to the books, where Bond described how to make the drink rather than simply ordering a "vodka martini, shaken, not stirred."
  • Jack Nicholson's character in Five Easy Pieces wants an omelet with wheat toast. The hostile waitress refuses to accommodate him, so he orders his omelet with no potatoes, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, "hold the lettuce, hold the tomato, hold the mayo. And hold the chicken salad."
  • The restaurant scene in L.A. Story has the people at the table order espressos of escalating length, with Harris topping them all (and setting the rest of the table telling the waiter to add a twist of lemon to the orders they've already made).
    Harris: I'll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon.
  • In Tampopo there's a scene where a bunch of businessmen visit a French restaurant. Each person defers up the ladder of seniority until the CEO of the company orders (something bland and safe for people new to French cuisine, as I recall.) Each person down the chain of command promptly orders the same thing—except the most junior executive. He turns out to be an expert on French food, and makes a complex order that thrills the waiter, but embarrasses the heck out of everyone else.
  • Inverted in Dude, Where's My Car?, when the boys place a fairly straightforward drive-through order and the worker complicates it by repeatedly asking "And then?"
  • Good Burger:
    Connie: Hello, my name is Connie Muldoon, I'm hosting a family reunion and my oven has run amok! I think it's the heat actuator. Anyhoo, I'd like to order... *Speech increases the more she talks* Three Good Meals, four Junior Good Meals, a seventeen-piece order of your Good Chunks, and on two of the Junior Good Meals, I need to substitute the Good Cookies for Good Pies. Now don't fret if that's extra, I'll pony up the overage. And, uh, oh, on the regular Good Meals, I need two of the Good Burgers to have ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, but no onion, I've got an interview this afternoon. Let's see, that takes care of everyone but Uncle Leslie who doesn't eat meat but, of course, he does eat dairy, so I don't get it. Let's get Leslie a Good Chickwich with some Good Fries, and a Good Root Beer all to go. But I would like to have my beverage while I wait. Now, total me up.
    *Ed experiences a Heroic B.S.O.D.*
  • In When Harry Met Sally..., Sally's Establishing Character Moment is this order in a diner:
    Sally: I'd like the chef salad, please, with the oil and vinegar on the side. And the apple pie a la mode. But I'd like the pie heated, and I don't want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side. And I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it. If not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it's real. If it's out of a can, then nothing.
    Waitress: Not even the pie?
    Sally: No, then the pie, but not heated.

    Jokes 
  • Comedian Tim Hawkins had a wife list one of these when a husband asks his wife "what she wants" at Starbucks.
Wife: All right, here's what I want. Listen. Listen; this is what I want. I want a tall, skinny, sugar-free, decaf soy vanilla latte, extra hot, whipped cream, double sleeve, no cup.
Beat
Husband (turning to clerk): Please tell me you got that!

    Literature 
  • When Kate wants to discharge herself from the hospital in The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul and isn't allowed, she convinces the hospital they want her to leave by attempting to get a pizza delivered, something she knows is impossible in London. At one point she tries to get a motorbike courier firm to order and collect "an American Hot with a list of additional peppers and mushrooms and cheeses which the controller of the courier service refused even to attempt to remember".
    Live-Action TV 
  • A Running Gag on The Big Bang Theory, with Sheldon being very specific on how he wants his food prepared. It was also done once with Leonard's mother.
  • In the TV show version of Clueless Cher and Dee have a favorite restaurant to go to for lunch period, which has "the best" Chinese Chicken Salad - which they order without the chicken or dressing. They basically pay $12 for a bowl of lettuce.
  • Zig-Zagged in an episode of Frasier where, before Martin gets to the coffee house (Martin being a more down-to-earth food kind of person) Niles orders him a biscotti "but when you bring it to the table call it a cookie." The waitress dutifully brings it, only for Martin to correct her. "Thank you dear, but it's called a biscotti."
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Craig orders one of these at the restaurant where Reese works and tells him to listen carefully as he doesn't want to waste calories by repeating it.
  • In an episode of Cheers Diane convinces Sam to let her be the bartender for the evening rather than just being a waitress. An order comes in for a particularly complex mixed drink. Naturally Diane doesn't know how to make it so she looks it up in a bartender's manual, taking a long time to make sure it's just right. As she finishes, she remarks that it is a complicated drink. Sam agrees, which is why he always mixes up a big batch before the evening starts and stores it in the minifridge behind the bar.
  • In the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon decides to work at the Cheesecake Factory in order to let his mind work on a physics problem Leonard gives him an extra-complicated order in revenge for all the times Sheldon did it to him.
  • In an early Sesame Street skit, Ernie asks an ice-cream man for a Chocolate, Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla, Banana, Pistachio, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange, Butterscotch ice-cream cone. Amazingly enough, the ice-cream man delivers! But Ernie is inconsolably P.O.ed because the cone was prepared upside-down.
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  • The Spoils Of Babylon "The Age of the Bastard": While Devon cannot get a vegetation option at the steakhouse that somehow fits in the tiny submarine, Cynthia's order just gets more and more complicated.
    Cynthia: Oh, and another thing?
    Waiter: Yes, ma'am?
    Cynthia: Ah, yes, could I have a carafe of tomato soup, two turkey legs
    Waiter: Very nice.
    Cynthia: I'd like some cold cereal with some hot milk, two pots of tea, and a white wine in a coffee mug with a little bit of salt in it.
    Waiter: Okay, salt in it.
    Cynthia: Thank you so much.
    Waiter: Very good. Thank you.
    Cynthia: Thank you. Oh, and one more thing.
    Waiter: Yes?
    Cynthia: Could I have a cotton blend napkin? Sometimes when you iron out the regular napkins, they're too itchy for my thighs.
    Waiter: I understand.

    Magazines and Newspaper Columns 
  • Discussed at length in the Dave Barry column "Decaf Poopacino," as a source of immense frustration for people who need plain ordinary coffee to wake up in the morning. The column takes its title from its subject, the world's most expensive coffee obtained from the excrement of a tropical weasel. It also contains this quote, which speaks for itself:
    "These consumers are always ordering mutant beverages with names like 'mocha-almond-honey-vinaigrette lattespressacino,' beverages that must be made one at a time via a lengthy and complex process involving approximately one coffee bean, three quarts of dairy products and what appears to be a small nuclear reactor."
  • An old MAD Magazine cartoon had a punchline wherein "Where's the men's room, Mac? Gotta go, and no fooling" is a sandwich order.
  • A now-discontinued column in the Raleigh, NC newspaper the News & Observer once complained that Starbucks should institute a separate line for folks who just want regular coffee.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Done a few times in Zits. One strip observes that the more complicated the coffee order, the more high-maintenance the girlfriend.

    Web Comics 
  • From the Twitter of Othar Trigvassen:
    • We can't just walk out, and I'll bet the garbage and mortuary wagons are routinely inspected. This calls for desperate, unsavory measures.
    • Chez Leon, one of the best restaurants in the city. The Master dines here frequently. Oslaka is puzzled. Didn't we just eat? Indeed we did.
    • The waiter and I spend twenty minutes discussing our meal choices. I demand only the freshest and most exacting dishes. He almost smiles.
    • The meal is brought. It' a masterpiece of presentation. The chef himself appears and compliments me on the suggestions I made. He weeps.
    • He waits for me to eat. I hesitate, and then ask for a bottle of ketchup. We are tossed out the city gates less that 3 minutes later.
  • xkcd orders $15.05 worth of appetizers, expecting the waiter to figure out what quantities of which items to serve in order to reach that number. The joke is that the costs listed on the menu just happen to mean that the waiter is being asked to solve a complex mathematical problem.

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    Western Animation 
  • In the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Bubble Buddy", Spongebob asked Squidward to make a meal for his bubble buddy at Krusty Krab, which are not just overly specific, but has to be remade several times (it'd be hard to go to the details). And at the end, Squidward and Mr. Krabs are given bubble tips and money... which pop, maddening the two.


Community Feedback Replies: 82
  • December 10, 2012
    Welkin
    Also, I searched the food index long and hard for anything even related to this, but came up blank.
  • December 10, 2012
    StarSword
    Love the name. I've been thinking Starbucks should institute a separate line for the folks who just want a regular coffee. Also, might want to make custom cocktails count.

    Film:
    • The restaurant scene in LA Story has the people at the table order espressos of escalating length, with Steve Martin's character topping them all with an order so long it's a wonder he got it out in one breath.
    • Casino Royale (the Daniel Craig version) puts a twist on the usual James Bond martini by having him order one consisting of:
      Bond: "Two measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice and add a thin slice of lemon peel."
      • And after four of the other people at the table decide they want one too, Le Chiffre wonders aloud if anyone's interested in playing poker instead of drinking.
  • December 10, 2012
    foxley
    Done a few times in Zits. In one strip it is observed that the more complicated the coffee order, the more high maintenance the girlfriend.
  • December 10, 2012
    Bisected8
    The CR drink order was a shout out to the original James Bond novels (where Bond described how to make the drink, rather than just ordering a Vodka Martini, Shaken not stirred).
  • December 10, 2012
    tuypo1
    i agree include cocktales
  • December 10, 2012
    tuypo1
    frequently mentioned in Questionable Content by the employees of coffee of doom
  • December 11, 2012
    Antigone3
    Love the name, but I agree that this could easily be expanded to any overly-complicated order.
  • December 11, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • December 11, 2012
    StarSword
    ^Well, they did stick something similar to that in the description text of Limited Special Collectors Ultimate Edition.
  • December 11, 2012
    thewriter
  • December 12, 2012
    Frank75
    One cartoon by Bruno Bozzetto about the differences between Italy and the rest of Europe.
  • December 12, 2012
    Karalora
    Mentioned in a Dave Barry column as a source of immense frustration for people who need plain ordinary coffee to wake up in the morning. "Heroin addicts don't have to put up with this. They don't have to wait behind someone ordering a hazelnut smack-a-cino with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles on top."
  • December 12, 2012
    SKJAM
    In Nichijou, after Yukko fails miserably at ordering off the new complicated coffee list, she invites Mio to the same coffee shop to watch her flail, but Mio flawlessly recites one of these.
  • December 12, 2012
    McKathlin
    A subtrope of Drink Order. Contrast Must Have Caffeine, when a character wants a coffee for pick-me-up, not for a fancy luxury item.
  • December 17, 2012
    bwburke94
    @Stratadrake (re: Double Ristretto yadda yadda yadda)

    You beat me to it.
  • December 17, 2012
    surgoshan
    • One episode of Cougar Town ends with Laurie giving a really long order for everyone on the show.
  • December 18, 2012
    aurora369
    Ludicrous Custom Drink Order?
  • December 19, 2012
    Larkmarn
    I think it should be extended to overly specific, complicated food orders as well (for the purpose of making a character come off as pretentious).
  • December 19, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^Agree.
  • December 19, 2012
    StarSword
  • December 22, 2012
    Andygal
    There was a Not Always Right entry involving a guy ordering a complicated drink and then bullying the barista when she got confused over it.
  • December 23, 2012
    Chabal2
    The Dave Barry column is "Decaf Poopacino" , the subject of which is the world's most expensive cofee obtained from the excrement of a tropical weasel. It also contains this quote, which speaks for itself:

    These consumers are always ordering mutant beverages with names like "mocha-almond-honey-vinaigrette lattespressacino,"' beverages that must be made one at a time via a lengthy and complex process involving approximately one coffee bean, three quarts of dairy products and what appears to be a small nuclear reactor.
  • May 15, 2013
    Melkior
    • In one of the D.R. & Quinch stories from the comic book, 2000AD, D.R. wants to appear eccentric at a fancy restaurant and so orders four dozen lobsters, wearing Prussian Blue waistcoats. Then when they're delivered, he complains that the waistcoats are Turquoise Blue, "and where are the chocolate-covered ant's brains?"
  • May 15, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    The first thing I think of is an ancient episode of Sponge Bob where Bubble Bass orders in Hash House Lingo. Squidward's response is "We serve food here"., but Sponge Bob says he understood that.
  • May 17, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Jack Nicholson's character in Five Easy Pieces wants an omelet with wheat toast. The hostile waitress refuses to accommodate him, so he orders his omelet with no potatoes, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, "hold the lettuce, hold the tomato, hold the mayo. And hold the chicken salad."
  • May 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • In the tv show version of Clueless Cher and Dee have a favorite restaurant to go to for lunch period, which has "the best" Chinese Chicken Salad - which they order without the chicken or dressing. They basically pay $12 for a bowl of lettuce.
    • Zig Zagged in an episode of Frasier where, before Martin gets to the coffee house (Martin being a more down-to-earth food kind of person) Niles orders him a biscotti "but when you bring it to the table call it a cookie." The waitress dutifully brings it, only for Martin to correct her. "Thank you dear, but it's called a biscotti."
  • May 18, 2013
    JoeG
  • May 18, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    I suggest shortening the name to just Overcomplicated Order. Having both "ludicrously" and the "over-" prefix strikes me as redundant. I suppose that could be part of the joke, though.
  • May 18, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^Can you give an example of one or two of them?

    ^That makes sense. I'll pull the "Ludicrously".
  • May 18, 2013
    TonyG
    A Running Gag on The Big Bang Theory, with Sheldon being very specific on how he wants his food prepared. It was also done once with Leonard's mother.
  • May 18, 2013
    Stratadrake
    For the name, maybe we should insert "customer" in there somewhere because this is about food or drink orders, not orders in general.
  • May 18, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Does this cover orders that can be summed up by a simple name for an extremely complicated item? If so, the Pousse-cafe is a good example, consisting of several different liqueurs that must be poured with extreme care to keep them separated.

  • May 18, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Not sure. At first glance I was thinking Double Subversion.
  • June 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^^There's also a version (I've seen but can't think of specific examples) where someboday orders a complex meal, only for the waitstaff to tell the cooks "I need a number 5!"
  • June 1, 2013
    glisglis
    By far the most complicated order for food ever in the history of cinema comes in the 1935 film by the Marx Brothers, ''A Night at the Opera''.

    • In A Night at the Opera, Groucho, playing the shady social consultant Otis B. Driftwood and operating solely along the lines of the Rule of Funny, orders two to three portions of what seems to be everything on the menu in an illogical way, punctuating his selections after each item with an order for "three hard-boiled eggs" for the stowaways hiding in his stateroom.
  • June 1, 2013
    Clevomon
  • June 1, 2013
    StarSword
    ^,^^ Added.
  • July 27, 2013
    StarSword
  • July 27, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Web Original (or maybe music?): The Mc Donalds Drive Thru Rap from You Tube (made even worse when rapped at full speed):
    I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce don't be frontin son no seeds on the bun we be up in this dive thru order for two gotta craving for a number nine like my shoe need some chicken up in here in this dizzle for rizzle my nizzle extra salt on the frizzle Dr.Pepper my brother another for your mother double double super size and don't forget the..... FRIES
  • July 27, 2013
    Chabal2
    Also on Not Always Right (and many "customer horror stories") as an inversion, the guy who orders a cheeseburger without cheese and gets angry when the cashier responds "okay, one hamburger."
  • July 27, 2013
    xanderiskander
    The title made me think of a Secret Order or Brotherhood Of Funny Hats with overly complicated rules. Maybe change the title to something that makes it clear they're ordering food?
  • July 27, 2013
    DAN004
    • In Spongebob Squarepants episode Bubble Buddy, Spongebob asked Squidward to make a meal for his bubble buddy at Krusty Krab, which are not just overly specific, but has to be remade several times (it'd be hard to go to the details). And at the end, Squidward and Mr. Krabs are given bubble tips and money... which pop, maddening the two.
  • July 27, 2013
    arromdee
    There's the old Mad Magazine cartoon where the punchline is that "Where's the men's room, Mac? Gotta go, and no fooling" is a sandwich order.

    I googled it and actually found someone who remembers it ( http://joshreads.com/?p=1017 ) but no issue refernece or screenshot.
  • July 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Depending on your opinion of the intelligence of the workers there, an old Burger King ad from 1974 could count.
    Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce
    Special orders don't upset us
    All we ask is that you let us serve it your way

    (Troper Tale - even though we don't have those any more: I once had to wait about 15 minutes at a Mc Donalds drive thru because I ordered a Quarter Pounder without cheese. They didn't have any premade and for some reason it took a long time to make one. AIR they had to wait until the premade ones were "too old" and had to be thrown out, at which point they'd make a fresh batch including one without cheese.)
  • July 28, 2013
    StarSword
    @xanderiskander: Not sure I want to lose the alliteration but I'm open to suggestions.
  • May 27, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Comedian Tim Hawkins had a wife list one of these when a husband asks his wife "what she wants" at Starbucks. It exasperates the husband (we never see the cashier's reaction).
  • May 28, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^^ Title seems fine, as soon as I saw it I just pictured Sheldon getting fussy over his sliced Chinese food.
  • May 28, 2014
    DAN004
    Summon Mr. Star Sword
  • May 28, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Xkcd orders $15.05 worth of appetizers, expecting the waiter to figure out what quantities of which items to serve in order to reach that number.

    In the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon decides to work at the Cheesecake Factory in order to let his mind work on a physics problem Leonard gives him an extra-complicated order in revenge for all the times Sheldon did it to him.
  • May 29, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^^ that is the greatest way to do that. May try that with Arivne sometime if it works!
  • May 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Forgot that this isn't Face Book... *facebook*
  • May 29, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    The Tim Hawkins example goes like this:
    Wife: All right, here's what I want. Listen. Listen; this is what I want. I want a tall, skinny, sugar-free, decaf soy vanilla latte, extra hot, whipped cream, double sleeve, no cup.
    Beat
    Husband (turning to clerk): Please tell me you got that!
  • May 29, 2014
    Antigone3
    I'll see if I can find an exact reference, but this happened at least once in a John Putnam Thatcher novel. One of the recurring characters is super-picky about food and has to have a detailed discussion with the waiter about everything in his order to make sure it's "right".
  • May 29, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    There's a phrase (I'm not sure where it's from) that might be reference to this trope: "Welcome to Burger King, where you can have it your way, but don't get crazy."
  • May 29, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 1, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • June 1, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Does This Count
    • In an episode of Cheers Diane convinces Sam to let her be the bartender for the evening rather than just being a waitress. An order comes in for [some complex mixed drink I haven't been able to pin down]. Naturally Diane doesn't know how to make it so she looks it up in a bartender's manual, taking a long time to make sure it's just right. As she finishes, she remarks that it is a complicated drink. Sam agrees, which is why he always mixes up a big batch before the evening starts and stores it in the minifridge behind the bar.
  • June 1, 2014
    dspeyer
    From the Twitter of Othar Trigvassen:

    • We can't just walk out, and I'll bet the garbage and mortuary wagons are routinely inspected. This calls for desperate, unsavory measures.
    • Chez Leon, one of the best restaurants in the city. The Master dines here frequently. Oslaka is puzzled. Didn't we just eat? Indeed we did.
    • The waiter and I spend twenty minutes discussing our meal choices. I demand only the freshest and most exacting dishes. He almost smiles.
    • The meal is brought. It' a masterpiece of presentation. The chef himself appears and compliments me on the suggestions I made. He weeps.
    • He waits for me to eat. I hesitate, and then ask for a bottle of ketchup. We are tossed out the city gates less that 3 minutes later.
  • June 18, 2014
    kenshinta
    The barista in this Mini Wheats commercial could multitask and remember over five coffee orders because she started her day with Mini Wheats.
  • June 18, 2014
    ZuTheSkunk
    I support Overcomplicated Food Order. Calling it simply Overcomplicated Order makes me think of some organisation with overcomplicated rules.
  • June 18, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Some of these examples haven't been added.
  • June 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ though we have drinks examples here too...
  • June 18, 2014
    cocoy0
    The late George Carlin in one of his books suggests this as a Take That to fast food places, of all things. Have you ever tried ordering a Big Mac based on the TV commercial's description of it?

    This was also subverted by one joke wherein the man who wants to appear fancy goes to a restaurant with his girlfriend and orders food in flawless French. the waiter didn't bat an eyelash and shouts to the kitchen, "Number 3!"
  • June 19, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    ^^ If "food" is taken loosely as "edibles", it could still qualify. Tropes Are Flexible.
  • July 2, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • July 7, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    In Malcolm In The Middle, Craig orders one of these at the restaurant where Reese works and tells him to listen carefully as he doesn't want to waste calories by repeating it.
  • July 7, 2014
    DAN004
    Considering taking this over... (perhaps mr. Hero_Gal wanna help too)
  • July 7, 2014
    SKJAM
    In Tampopo there's a scene where a bunch of businessmen visit a French restaurant. Each person defers up the ladder of seniority until the CEO of the company orders (something bland and safe for people new to French cuisine, as I recall.) Each person down the chain of command promptly orders the same thing—except the most junior executive. He turns out to be an expert on French food, and makes a complex order that thrills the waiter, but embarrasses the heck out of everyone else.
  • July 7, 2014
    GuyIncog
    Addendum to the Casino Royale example:
  • July 8, 2014
    f1shst1x
    Inverted in Dude Wheres My Car, when the boys place a fairly straightforward drive-through order and the worker complicates it by repeatedly asking "And then?"
  • July 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Bumpeth
  • July 13, 2014
    SquirrelGuy
    In an early Sesame Street skit, Ernie asks an ice-cream man for a Chocolate, Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla, Banana, Pistachio, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange, Butterscotch ice-cream cone. Amazingly enough, the ice-cream man delivers! But Ernie is inconsolably P.O.ed because the cone was prepared upside-down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIR8ykXHNGs
  • Film
    • Good Burger:
      Connie: Hello, my name is Connie Muldoon, I'm hosting a family reunion and my oven has run amok! I think it's the heat actuator. Anyhoo, I'd like to order... *Speech increases the more she talks* Three Good Meals, four Junior Good Meals, a seventeen-piece order of your Good Chunks, and on two of the Junior Good Meals, I need to substitute the Good Cookies for Good Pies. Now don't fret if that's extra, I'll pony up the overage. And, uh, oh, on the regular Good Meals, I need two of the Good Burgers to have ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, but no onion, I've got an interview this afternoon. Let's see, that takes care of everyone but Uncle Leslie who doesn't eat meat but, of course, he does eat dairy, so I don't get it. Let's get Leslie a Good Chickwich with some Good Fries, and a Good Root Beer all to go. But I would like to have my beverage while I wait. Now, total me up.
      *Ed experiences a Heroic BSOD*
  • July 14, 2014
    DaibhidC
    Addendum to the xkcd example; the joke is that the costs listed on the menu just happen to mean that the waiter is being asked to solve a complex mathematical problem.

    Literature
    • When Kate wants to discharge herself from the hospital in The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul and isn't allowed, she convinces the hospital they want her to leave by attempting to get a pizza delivered, something she knows is impossible in London. At one point she tries to get a motorbike courier firm to order and collect "an American Hot with a list of additional peppers and mushrooms and cheeses which the controller of the courier service refused even to attempt to remember".
  • July 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Bumpeth
  • July 25, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bumpeth again.
  • July 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Final bump
  • July 30, 2014
    jormis29
    • The Spoils Of Babylon "The Age of the Bastard": While Devon cannot get a vegetation option at the steakhouse that somehow fits in the tiny submarine, Cynthia's order just gets more and more complicated.
      Cynthia: Oh, and another thing?
      Waiter: Yes, ma'am?
      Cynthia: Ah, yes, could I have a carafe of tomato soup, two turkey legs
      Waiter: Very nice.
      Cynthia: I'd like some cold cereal with some hot milk, two pots of tea, and a white wine in a coffee mug with a little bit of salt in it.
      Waiter: Okay, salt in it.
      Cynthia: Thank you so much.
      Waiter: Very good. Thank you.
      Cynthia: Thank you. Oh, and one more thing.
      Waiter: Yes?
      Cynthia: Could I have a cotton blend napkin? Sometimes when you iron out the regular napkins, they're too itchy for my thighs.
      Waiter: I understand.

  • July 30, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ what media is that?
  • July 30, 2014
    Quatic
    As to Joe G's mention of When Harry Met Sally, Sally's Establishing Character Moment is this order in a diner:

    Sally: I'd like the chef salad, please, with the oil and vinegar on the side. And the apple pie a la mode. But I'd like the pie heated, and I don't want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side. And I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it. If not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it's real. If it's out of a can, then nothing.
    Waitress: Not even the pie?
    Sally: No, then the pie, but not heated.
  • July 30, 2014
    jormis29
    ^^ live action TV
  • July 31, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
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