The Fort Bend Foodie 02/26/14

On a recent restaurant visit I noticed that perched on every table along the path was at least one cell phone. Almost comical as if it were the “in” thing to do, the white-framed life lines were placed strategically toward the corner of the table being monitored ever so closely for that first blink or jingle. Not quite as obvious is the wait staff and other patrons who were also watching them for other reasons. In this information age, what is the protocol for cell phone use in restaurants today?

Recent research tells us your phone should be put in silent mode so it doesn’t disturb other patrons or prevent the wait staff from being heard by other patrons. If you absolutely have to make a call, you should do so after everyone has placed his or her order so the phone conversation won’t delay ordering or cause confusion. You should preferably step away from the table to a more private place to carry on a conversation so. It is not good etiquette to engage in a lengthy conversation on a phone in the presence of other guests, regardless of where you are or whom you are with. The same applies to texting.

Remember that wait staff bring food and beverages to the table and nervously run the risk of spilling things on an expensive phone in the process. Additionally, the corner of the table may seem like an ideal spot for your phone, but is space needed for the staff to shuffle plates. So to minimize their anxiety, take those cell phones off the table and slide them into your pocket or a protected place.

Some finer restaurants have begun asking their patrons to turn off their cell phones before entering to ensure a pleasant experience by all parties involved.

So folks, let’s be polite and silence those phones, keep them off the tables, and avoid using them during your dining experience.

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