The Most Important Restaurant Tool Is a $3 Piece of Metal

January 6, 2017

Why the receipt spike is the unsung hero of kitchens everywhere

Sometimes late on a Saturday night or after a Mother’s Day brunch, chefs will share a photo on Instagram of a common kitchen object that carries a coded message meant for restaurant insiders. It’s a picture of a receipt spike — also known as a dock spike, bill spike, stationery spindle, and chit peg or chit spike — filled to the tip with orders. Images of half-full spikes don’t exist: That would be lame. A full receipt spike is a veni, vidi, vici cry from the hot line of