About five minutes after I finished my meal, the other server, who had also refilled my coffee once (also silently), came to my table to clear my plates, and give me my check. I stopped him, and said that I would like a piece of coffee cake... and he got huffy. He told me that he would bring me my coffee cake, but I should have ordered it with my original order, because now I've held up the table and they need it to seat more customers. I told him that I had been waiting for someone to come and ask me whether I wanted anything else, and I could hardly be blamed that nobody did so. He went away, and shortly brought me my coffee cake.
I ate the cake without dawdling, and went to the counter to pay (not wishing to hold up the table waiting for my check to be delivered). I gave a 21% tip, and attempted to explain that I had not meant to camp out at the table, I was only waiting for my server to ask whether I needed anything else, because I couldn't know whether I had room for dessert until after I'd eaten my meal, could I? The cashier - who was also the server who gave me my check and told me I'd been holding up the table - brusquely informed me that it was not their policy to ask diners whether they wanted to add to their order before delivering the check. I admitted that apparently was the case, but that it had not been that way at that restaurant in the past, and then I left.
x-posted to customers_suck because I didn't know better.