- In Dallas they know their Rolls-Royces, according to Oak's valet: "We get one every weekend. Last week there was a 2009, nothing special, but it had suicide doors, and people got excited about it." To be fair, the Oak valet also said that the top parking spot doesn't depend on the brand of car, but more on the needs of regular customers, no matter what they drive. "If it's an elderly couple, I'll keep their car up front. One gentleman asked to park his '64 Rolls-Royce himself. I didn't drive it. Definitely people came by to look and said how nice it was."
- Most of the top restaurant valets assure us that any Bentley will be parked in the prized front spot, and it's likely because of the rapport the valets develop with the cars' owners. Robert at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek tells PopMech that one of their valets has a Ph.D., and two have master's degrees, so they know how to carry on a conversation with a Bentley driver. "We also change a lot of flat tires and do other stuff, too, like wash cars. You name it, we've done it." Polling all of the valets, we found that these days they're just as likely to park a Bentley in the front spot as a Ferrari.
- The valets only occasionally counted Porsches as exotics, and then only the GT3 and higher models of the 911. That's not surprising, considering that the prices of early Boxsters are down to near $10,000, and new Boxsters can be rented on both coasts for about $350 a day--which puts the Porsche status club in reach of the unwashed masses. FT33 in Dallas, known for new American cuisine, still considers Porsches to be as "high-end as Range Rovers and Ferraris." less