The Waiter at waiterrant.net is a very good writer with stories from the trenches — the trenchers? — that put you right at home in the front of the house.
In Fancy Place, he talks about the special hell of trying to sell a list of specials that runs to 20 or so items, none of them very good.
In Bad Day, the whole staff is waiting 90 minutes for a hungover cook to unlock the front door so they can prep for a bridal shower.
In this rant about Desserts, he tells you why you don’t want to eat dinner and dessert in the same restaurant.