I have to post this here because I don't really want any of my irl friends to know, it's kind of silly. It's also retail/food related and I wanted to post a good story for everyone.
My fiance and I were in Vancouver for holidays for five days, the third day we went to an upscale restaurant because we heard it was the best in Vancouver (it was really good, but that's besides the point). Our server, Darren, was incredibly nice, attentive, and knew the menu perfectly (really hot too! ). Basically, Darren is the server we wish every server could be like.
Fiance asked if he was working the next night so we could come back and have him as a server again. Unfortunately, he wasn't but he invited us to another restaurant that he was working at. We went to the second restaurant the next night and asked for him but the hostess said he wasn't working. We were a little disappointed but we weren't going to walk out just because a particular server wasn't there. The hostess was really apologetic.
So we sat down and were looking at our drink menu and who should come to the table but Darren. He explained to us that no one really knew he was working and that he had come in to help out but they stuck him on prep. He sounded really happy that we were still staying. Throughout the night he would still come to our table to ask how things were going or if we needed more drinks. He was more of a server than our actual server was. When we were paying he came to say goodbye and that he was glad we came.
First day we tipped him about 50% (you know a server is good when my fiance tips more than 10%) and the second day we nominated him for a Vancouver restaurant award thing.
Now we are in Victoria for a few days and none of the servers have lived up to Darren. I think he ruined me for servers. Silly part is I kind of miss him. He sounded just like Adam Lambert and looks a little like him too, which definitely doesn't help. I may have just a tiny school girl crush.
TL; DR: If you are ever in the Vancouver area check out Hawksworth and Oru and ask for Darren. It's worth it even if he isn't there.