What’s Most Annoying About Fellow Diners? Adults Eating Dosas with a Fork or Ordering Nuggets?

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What’s Most Annoying About Fellow Diners? Adults Eating Dosas with a Fork or Ordering Nuggets?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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s someone who writes about food for a living, one of my secret weapons is the unnamed dining companion who helps me chart the depth and bread(th) of the restaurant’s menu. Closely observing people’s eating habits is just the collateral damage.  And, while people – even professional food writers who are guilty of dusting their curd rice with aloo bhujia – are hardly qualified to judge how others live their lives, it definitely won’t stop me.

Take for instance, the most straightforward of dining experiences. It starts off rather simply – enter a dive bar, find a suitable table, subtly scope out the location for potentially cute men, and place your order. This last action point is where it all goes awry – because there is always that one friend who will insist on ordering something ludicrous like a truffled broccoli bruschetta and then get ticked off that it tastes like shit.

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