When I received my comment card, I rated everything pretty well. The one thing I made a comment on for improvement? Get rid of the Heinz 57 ketchup bottles.
I can't believe, in this day and age of technological marvels, Heinz 57 continues to make those stupid bottles. Or perhaps worse, that restaurants continue to utilize them. Tribeca Tavern wasn't the first, nor I am banking, is the last to have these on every table.
I am not a ketchup eater but my little Mi-Mi is. And she can't get the ketchup out of those damn things. So I give it a go and god-dammit, the ketchup DOES NOT come out for me. I mean, if it isn't full, you will have a long wait before you see anything appear on your plate. I grab a knife and start using it to help rush the stuff out. I give up because I start thinking about my paragraph #3: why are these bottles in existence?
Remember the commercials for anticipation? To wait for the ketchup to come out?
Tim took over since I was so pissed. The waitress came by and I mentioned my dilemma with the bottle and she said "just tap the 57". What? I never heard such a thing and she looked at us like _we_ were dumb (I write that for fun - our waitress rocked).
So I search for it and sure enough, Heinz themselves put this statement on their website:
To release ketchup faster from the glass bottle, apply a firm tap to the sweet spot on the neck of the bottle— the "57." Only 11% of people know this secret. Now you're "in-the-know."
I like the squeeze bottle, myself. Unlike grape jelly, it seems to work just fine.