Lack of Food Expertise
If you are not an expert restaurant connoisseur, you may at times have found yourself reading a menu and having no idea what the entree items contain. This may especially be the case at an ethnic restaurant or at restaurant in which many of the entrees in the menu are in a difficult to pronounce foreign language. To avoid the embarrassment of ignorance or from mispronouncing words, ask friends or associates at the table if they have any entree suggestions. You could also call over a waiter for entree recommendations.
Special Dietary Requirements
Many people have special dietary requirements, such as a gluten-free diet, vegetarianism, or low-carb diet. Perhaps you want to avoid the attention that might be directed to you regarding your dietary choices when choosing a menu item. Scan the menu. Many times menu items will be denoted as being vegetarian or gluten-free. Sometimes there are even sections of the menu devoted to vegetarian food. If your dietary requirement does come up in conversation, just be subtle about it and explain that it is just a personal choice to help meet your lifestyle needs.
Spilling Food or Beverages on Other People
The quintessential image of awkwardness in a restaurant is spilling your beverage or food on other people. If you find yourself caught in this embarrassing situation, sincerely and profusely apologize for this action. Offer to pay for their meal and the cost of cleaning or buying new clothing. If necessary, give the recipient of your culinary projection your contact information for sending you a bill.
Food Caught in Your Teeth
Have you ever looked in the mirror after eating a meal at restaurant and turned red in the face as you realized you unknowingly had chunks of food caught in your teeth. Avoid this embarrassing situation at future meals by carrying a pocket-sized mirror with you. Many restaurants will also have toothpicks for picking food out of your teeth.