Edsel waited on me several times. Always slapped down a pencil and paper in front of each person. Telling the men to write down their order in exacting detail, then telling the women to put down their name, address and telephone number.
I watched him chase a man down the stairs once, yelling at him that the tip wasn't big enough. The guy coughed up another buck.
I always enjoyed the walk through the kitchen to get to the stairs up to the dining rooms.
LOL - this was the story I was going to tell. Living in the south Bay for 16 or so years, Sam Wo's was one of our go-to places after a night of hard-partying or seeing a show at the Warfield, Old Waldorf, etc. (We also loved Brandy Ho's and Hunan, but that was before the night began, and a different story!)
And that's exactly what Edsel would do - you'd climb the stairs after walking through the kitchen and the pad got slapped down - it was a show, and a great one at that. And the chow fun (for many of us, an exotic, fantastic dish) was seminal. We always had a great time, and great food, at Sam Wo's. I even remember taking my mom there - that was a mistake!
BTW, the food was delivered via dumbwaiter (no, not Edsel) to the upper floors - just brilliant. Oh, for those wanting to know, a dumbwaiter is this