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Restaurant Etiquette

FWIW: 5 Reasons To Break Up With Your Phone

Laura A Boggs | Posted 10.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura A Boggs

My 6S and I, we're having a moment--a DTR (Define the Relationship), if you will. I used to experience a tiny surge of bliss every time I touched my ...

The Only Acceptable Times to Send Food Back at a Restaurant

Thrillist | Posted 11.30.2016 | Taste

By: Carrie Dennis and Kevin Alexander Credit: Cole Saladino/Thrillist Few things are as frustrating as ordering a dope dish at a restaurant, but be...

The Dumbest Questions You Can Ask A Bartender

Thrillist | Posted 10.28.2016 | Taste

Some people say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but those people have never been asked about the gluten content of a margarita. Bartenders field questions like this all the time. So sad.

Things Restaurant Servers Say... And What They Really Mean

Thrillist | Posted 10.14.2016 | Taste

By: Dan Gentile Credit: Shuttershock (edit) The customer isn't always right, but since it's terribly awkward to tell them they're wrong, restaurant...

How to Make Life Easier For Waiters

Quora | Posted 05.31.2015 | Taste

Show up on time for your reservation. This helps the whole operation run smoothly.

How to Consume a Buffet in the Most Efficient Way

Quora | Posted 05.10.2015 | Taste

For the week before the buffet, you have to begin conditioning your tummy. What this means is that for at least one meal a day, eat till you're full (even if it's just bread) and when you think you're full, drink as much water as you can. This is to prepare your stomach to stretch like never before.

5 Things You Should Never Do in a Restaurant

The Daily Meal | Posted 11.13.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Dining out is meant to be a fun and pleasant experience. We show up, we sit down, we order, we eat, we pay, and we leave. But while that may sound like a rather straightforward experience, there are actually a host of unspoken rules that you really should be playing by.

Party Of One: A Guide To Successfully Flying Solo When Dining Out

Epicurious | Posted 10.21.2014 | Taste

Welcome to this brave new world, where dining alone is fashionable.

Rules For Going Out to Eat: Where To Sit, What To Order, How To Share

Bon Appetit | Posted 10.22.2014 | Taste
Bon Appetit

There are few things worse than spending the money, time, and OpenTable refreshes for a great restaurant meal -- and then having it all just flop.

Staycation or Vacation: How to Get the Best Restaurant or Hotel Service

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel
Tamara Jacobs

Whether you're heading out for a special dinner or taking a well-earned vacation, you want to get the most for your money. Here are some tips for getting the best service:

16 People We've All Gotten Dinner With

Katie Hoffman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Comedy
Katie Hoffman

Real talk: Ingredients on the side are not the same as ingredients on the food item. There's a psychological difference that impacts the taste. Picky appetizer people ruin meals (and lives).

Learning Restaurant Etiquette Is Easier With Puppets

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.17.2014 | Comedy

Going to a restaurant can be lots of fun, but "eating out is a social experience -- this means you'll be interacting with other people." Luckily, ...

Eat, Drink, Shush!

Kim Lute | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Kim Lute

Though I'm not for expelling children from decidedly mature European playgrounds, I am in favor of kid-free dining. What is one family's easily ignorable background chatter (ie: kids being kids) is another's theater of the absurd.

9 Surefire Ways To Infuriate Your Restaurant Server

The Huffington Post | Nile Cappello | Posted 10.14.2013 | Taste

Or how to be the worst restaurant customer of all time.

9 Things That Will Make A Waiter Spit In Your Food | Posted 07.16.2012 | Weird News

Nobody wants to be the customer everyone hates, but at one point or another, you probably have been. From taking too long to order to from insistin...

5 Signs You've Picked A Bad Restaurant

Food & Wine | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home
Food & Wine

You'll be confronted with a whirlwind of new and unfamiliar dining options hungry for business. Burgers and meatballs will fly, but keep alert and you can avoid the most tragic meals.

How To Behave In Restaurants

TIME | Posted 08.22.2011 | Home

I can't pretend to be the most elegant of men. My manners, as you would expect of any zealot, are half feral at best....

Trymaine Lee

Newark Etiquette Classes Lift Lives, One Place Setting At A Time | Trymaine Lee | Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact

NEWARK, N.J. -- J. Wesley Tann spent much of his life traveling the world, gallivanting among the most fashionable sets and cavorting with the elite. ...

How To Split The Check At A Restaurant

The Awl | By Neel Shah on March 8th, 2011 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eating dinner with a group of people at a restaurant can be fun. You know what's not fun? Trying to figure out who owes what when the check comes--whe...

iPads In Restaurants: Rude Or Great Parenting?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

I'd like my kids to get used to the fact that in the real world there will not always be something specifically intended to entertain them. Except now there is.

Elaine of Elaine's on Dining, Wining and Whining

Yvonne Durant | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Yvonne Durant

Don't even try dropping Elaine's name in your quest for what you think is a better table.

Is Splitting The Check For Teenagers? | Andrew Knowlton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Dear BA Foodist, I was dining out for a friend's birthday, and our group was having a great time...until the check arrived. Not everyone had cash, t...

The Death of Dinner?

John McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John McDonald

Pre-mobile phone era, we called each other "at home," made dinner plans, arrived at the restaurant on time, and proceeded to engage in un-interrupted eating, drinking and conversation with friends.

More Restaurant Pet Peeves

Andrew Knowlton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Knowlton

After I posted my top five restaurant service pet peeves, readers quickly chimed in with their own dining out dislikes. Many took issue with one of my...

Mom Was Wrong: It's OK To Eat With Your Hands

Andrew Knowlton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Knowlton

If a restaurant, no matter how starchy the table linens, decides to carry a food traditionally eaten with your hands, then by all means use your hands.