Dining out is usually a pleasant experience of sharing food and drinks with friends and family.
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However, there are a number of small things that can severely impact how enjoyable restaurant dining can be.
On Tuesday morning, a Reddit user asked people what minor things infuriate them when eating out.
Over-attentive wait staff are a common pet peeve, but there are many other hang-ups we can actually relate to.
Here are our top 10:
- "Not knowing if I'm supposed to pay at the table or at the counter."
- "Cold, impossible to spread butter."
- "When the music is so loud I have to shout at my partner just to have conversation."
- "When it's too dark to see what you're eating--but maybe in some restaurants that's the whole point."
- "I just want control over the pepper grinder, instead of having someone come and pepper my food for me."
- "When the menus are slightly sticky."
- "When there's so much stuff on the table that you don't have room for your plate comfortably. I don't need a dessert menu, drink menu, regular menu, basket of bread, salt and pepper, condiments, menu of the days specials, silverware, candles, whatever else on a two person table."
- "When the tables are incredibly close together. My boyfriend and I will go somewhere else if we have to be seated at a two-top that's nearly touching elbows with the other table."
- "Went to a restaurant with booth seating and the table was just a bit too far from the benches. I barely remember the quality of the food because I just remember being annoyed at how awkward it was eating there."
- "Seeing people click their fingers or whistle at a waiter to get their attention. They're humans trying to do their jobs, not animals. A simple 'Excuse me' or 'Hi, can we have some help please?' will suffice."