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Restaurant Etiquette

Mind your manners. Discuss proper restaurant etiquette with Chowhounds and ask your burning questions about how to behave when eating out.

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Tell me why...

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by LynnBernhardt 11 days ago

Does a woman dining alone often get the worst table in the house. I made a same day reservation for a seafood place in Pacific Grove. I dressed nicely, not jeans or sneakers, and I still got seate...

Splitting a meal at a restaurant?

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by seefoo 27 days ago

to be frank, i eat too much. take a standard garden variety CA burrito. comes with all the beans and rice, along with your choice of meat and accompaniments. my wife and i started just ordering ...

Best non-alcoholic beverages: share your favorites!

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

Want to cut back on my alcohol consumption during this pandemic. We enjoy our wine and beer, but we want non-alcoholic alternative drinks, too. Especially when dining out. A friend recently tried H...

Eating pizza with knife & fork: what's the problem?

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by gutreactions 12 months ago

I have extracted this issue from an unrelated discussion on these boards. There are those 'purists' out there that continuously rant about eating pizza with a knife & fork. Ok, I know that's what w...

Would you let a local restaurant know their food has gone downhill?

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by VFish 6 months ago

So, this may spark some conversation. We have gotten take out from this locally owned restaurant for a very long time, close to two decades. Last few times I've gotten this food it has been at on...

Is now the proper time to cash in those gift cards?

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by gutreactions 11 months ago

We had accumulated a load of dining gift cards from friends and family prior to the pandemic one year ago. We also had purchased a few during the past year to help some local favorite eateries. Do ...

Food staff touching the rim of your glass/cup?

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by seefoo 6 months ago

it doesnt derail my day by any means. but ever since my late teens, when i took a food handling course i immediately notice it when someone handles my drinking vessel by the lip. i cannot recall ...

Have Delivery Apps Changed What a Restaurant Is?

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by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

" . . . And so as the world slowly begins to open again, and restaurants resume indoor dining (and, increasingly, cease their takeout operations), I wonder: When we’re at normal capacity and the no...

Covid and picking off another’s plate

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by carolandersonl 10 months ago

Just after Covid vax , I went to lunch with an acquaintance. She said she didn’t want dessert. I ordered cake and got an extra plate for her. As she then wanted, a third was put on her plate. She ...

bottles of wine in restaurants- can minors share?

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by cheryl 19 years ago

As I'm graduating High School this June, my parents have offered to take me out to a multi-course restaurant to celebrate (incase anyone is curious, I was thinking of Babbo, in NYC). What I want to...

How do you fake enjoyment?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 2 years ago

So you and the Mrs are invited to a “less than stellar” restaurant or, even worse, an acquaintance’s home for dinner! Somehow they know you’re “particular about food” and keep asking your opinion ...

How Do Americans Feel About Eating At Restaurants Right Now?

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by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . With social distancing guidelines across the country in flux, the online neighborhood hub Nextdoor asked 745,000 people in the U.S. how they feel about dining in — or out. The survey, condu...

Restaurant Mask Drama

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by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . While guests are allowed to remove their masks at their tables to eat and drink, they're required to wear facial coverings upon entrance, while waiting for seating and when moving around th...

Mobile Payment Apps

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by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

In the time of coronavirus when we are trying to reduce contact, restaurants with reduced staff and services are reluctant to accept cash except for exact change or physically touch credit cards. S...

Customers spreading germs in restaurants

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by Gromek 2 years ago

At the place where I work there are many international guests and due to the awareness placed on sanitation and spreading of germs I have a question. Can I as a server tell my manager id prefer no...

Emboss my burger, please!

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by gutreactions 2 years ago

Have you noticed some restaurants embossing their burger buns with a logo? Two restaurants in Westchester County that I know of are doing this right now: Kee Oyster House in White Plains, and The U...

Paying with credit card: Should I tip in cash?

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by johnblacksox 8 years ago

I'm never sure about this, so I'm asking the advice of wait staff and/or restaurant owners... Say my tab is $100, and I'm going to tip $20 on it. I'm paying with a credit card, but I have cash ...

Etiquette -- Napkin upon leaving the table mid-dinner

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by Wondering 16 years ago

Seems there are two rules of thought -- that it be left on the chair (as no one wants to see a used napkin on the table or next to a dish) -- which is what I usually do; or, that it be left to the ...

Do Hounders Still Eat At or Enjoy Steakhouses?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 2 years ago

Received a generous invitation to a well known and “sophisticated” SoCal steakhouse! The evening started well and the conversation was friendly, but the Onion Soup was served lukewarm! Determined...