Power table pecking order

jefftable.jpgJeffrey’s Restaurant has three dozen tables; of these, a national publication rates 17 of them as possessing a power quotient of A (7), A plus (6), or A plus plus (4) (WSJ, 11/10-11, byline Jessie Knadler). This is a continuing feature, describing dining spots around the country, one a week, “Power Tables: where the business elite are eating.” I think that this is the first Austin inclusion. Noted are “recent sightings” and “the regulars.” It’s a good thing we’re not famous or somebody might be reporting what we ordered there, although I partially reported this on myself. You can see that our assigned table this last time out, 33, is reported to be in the A plus category. Part of what’s shown on the diagram was the old Clarksville Cafe of fond memory. I don’t think there’s much to a power-seating theory when it comes to Jeffrey’s. Unless diners have a favorite table, no matter how they’re dressed or who they are, people are seated where there’s a table available that’s right for the size of their party. Table 23, right by the kitchen door, seems to be the last to be used and we have been seated there when it’s the sole remaining table. Austin’s an egalitarian place, and restaurants here don’t play games about seating.

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