In an effort to fit as many people as possible into an oftentimes small space, restaurants oftentimes seat parties so close to each other that there's high potential for that one inconsiderate banquette-mate to spoil a meal for everyone.
At some point in the next week, month, or year, you, too, will eat out alone. It happens to all of us.
Softly lit nooks and pages of Barolo may be catnip to Cupid, but if the food is forgettable, his aim isn't the only thing that's going to be off.
On a rare night off -- or when service comes to a close for the day -- chefs need to eat, too. Some head to under-the-radar neighborhood gems while others crave a more upscale experience.
Whether you're a ramen devotee or a curious newbie, here are some of the best ramen in America. Some spots are traditional. Others hang their hat on fusion. But all are worth a noisy slurp.
Strange restaurants abound from coast to coast, from a toilet-themed café in the suburbs of Los Angeles to ninja villages in New York City and an actual cave in the Midwest.
While what you eat matters (choosing grilled instead of fried chicken, for example), how much you eat (how large your portion is), matters more than many of us realize.
We've rounded up 10 potential restaurant disasters and explain how to deal with them like a pro.
My question is this: Just because we can do really cool things with technology, does that mean we should? We have the technological capacity to blow up whole countries, but so far we have responsibly refused to press the button that would change the world.
It takes a keen eye and a bit of restraint in order to decline the offerings and keep your costs low.
These are places where it's not just the food that is cutting-edge.
You want my kids to act properly in a restaurant? How about YOU act properly in a restaurant? Stop being openly judgy of children, rude to the waitstaff and dismissive of a parent's ability to teach her kids how to act in public.
For some diners, the "regular" dining scene is just not enough.
The atmosphere is one that's quiet, with an intimate setting -- not the hustle and bustle of a standard resort restaurant and soft lighting from candles and outdoor tiki torches allow you to feel the island vibe without the overkill of kitschy leis or Hawaiian placements.
Regardless of where you live, if you're not willing to give up an occasional meal out just because you're bringing along the little ones, try these tried-and-true secrets from our Moms Talking Money bloggers.
Let your children know that your decision is not negotiable, and that if they don't think they can join you as pleasant dinner companions, they can stay home with grandma or a babysitter (without access to computers or TV).