Bothersome Bite: Discretely removing bad food

by epi on July 27, 2012

Q: When you are chewing a piece of food, steak, etc. and you are chewing on a bad piece which contains fat, etc. and you want to get rid of it at a restaurant, do you put your napkin to your mouth to get rid of it or do you take it out of your mouth and put it back on your plate?

A: Discreetly place the offending food back onto your fork, and then place it on the edge of your plate, as discreetly as possible. This sounds awkward, so practice at home and you will see that it is both comfortable and hardly noticeable to others at the table.

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Elizabeth July 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

This might work if you bit into something and immediately recognized that you wanted to get rid of it. But sometimes, you’re a few chews in when you realize there’s a little bone fragment or something that makes you want to spit it out. I can’t imagine using my fork to remove a mouthful of chewed food and, worse, having to look at the little pile of masticated food sitting there on my place. In that case, if there was a paper napkin available, I would discretely turn my head as if I was going to cough, put the napkin up to my mouth, and quickly spit it out. Then I would ball up the napkin and put it out of sight. If only cloth napkins were available, I might dash off to the bathroom, or just use the cloth napkin and then discreetly ask the waiter for another.


Chara Watson July 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I have to agree. This is a rule that has always baffled me. I find that it is far more discreet to put the bite into a napkin rather than put it on your plate for everyone to view. Also, who has time to practice removing bad food from your mouth?


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