Do you know what an 11-top is? In restaurant parlance, this is a table of 11 and, believe me, you do not want to be stuck on the tail end of one of those.
When we arrive at Rumi’s Kitchen — a Persian restaurant in Sandy Springs that I’ve long been eager to try — we discovered that an 11-top had walked in not 5 minutes before us. They seem an amiable group of young men in their 20’s who had chosen to cluster in one large conversation circle in the half-opened front door. If I had to guess their function, I would say Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group or, perhaps, an I.T. Department office party.
The hostess tries to bring them inside to the narrow front bar area but they then block all passage into the restaurant, so she shoos them outside. She just kind of pushes on the perimeter of the group and they all shuffle out the door en masse.
“It’ll be just a few minutes,” she tells us with a smile.
A lesser restaurant than Rumi’s Kitchen would have been completely undone by