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The 5 People at Your Awkward Group Dinner

133. When you think the waiter is bringing your food, but it isn’t yours.

We all like restaurants. There is no cooking or cleaning involved, you get to give people orders and they take them with a smile, and you get to EAT!

When going out with a group to a restaurant, these characters are always involved. Which one are you?

1.) The really hungry one – “I’m am soo hungry!” is the typical line and identifier of this person. If you miss it, do not worry because this dude will probably repeat it enough times for everybody to hear. He also knows exactly what he wants and gets frustrated when nobody else knows what they’re getting (mainly because they haven’t received a menu). He will also keep his eye on the door to the kitchen and wants to be the first to spot his food coming to the table. Oh there it comes! He makes room, and pretends like he doesn’t notice the waiter and the tray. Then he waits. And waits. It went to another table. Ha! Patience is a virtue, my friend.

2.) The “I-don’t-know-what-to-order” one – Upon applying to a college, this person probably checked the “Undeclared” major as their option. She needs time to decide, 4 or 5 times more than the average person. She asks everybody at the table what they’re getting –not because she’s curious– because she wants to buy more time for herself. She asks for suggestions but gets nothing anybody suggests and when she finally orders, she makes a face that shows how much she hates what she ordered.

3.) The thrifty one – His decision is based on two things: How much it costs, and how much he’s getting. He can come off as a bit of a critic when you decide to go for the 22.95 New York Steak vs the much cheaper Meat Loaf for 9.97. If he doesn’t order a water with a side of lemon and some ketchup, he will stock up on the bread sticks. If there is Happy Hour menu, he is definitely happy. Want to have some fun? Invite him to a restaurant that doesn’t list prices on the menu.

4.) The dieting one – Low-carb, high-protein, and meatless entrees only please! After receiving a menu, her eyes automatically drift toward the salads and the “healthy choices” which taste a bit .. what’s the word … –BAD. You might have to bring your own seasonings if you’re one of these people. Sometimes it IS your fault though, the restaurant’s attempt to make things taste better are cancelled out by the whole “let me get it on the side” thing.

5.) The special-orders one – They like to mess with the chef’s ideas! How dare you … eh, I’m guilty of that, since I avoid dairy products like I avoid romantic novels, but some people (especially other cooks) like to tweak the orders. This guy will probably begin by asking “How is that prepared?” or “What kind of sauce do they use?” They ask for more of this and less of that, and half-and-half on this. The waitress should be able to ask “Um, do you want to go back there and cook it yourself?” actually never mind, he would probably accept the offer.

Paying at the restaurant makes things awkward at group dinners. Sometimes they all eat whatever and then the check gets split evenly… which means that someone gets ripped off, or you all make it impossible for the waiter and itemize everything. Some have cash, some have card, and some have neither.

Oh group dinners..


  1. Venom #

    I think I am the hungry one, and maybe a bit like the one who can’t decide but that’s only because there are so many good choices!
    You know what’s awkward at diners as well? When you tell the waiter what you want, and he can’t hear you, then you have to repeat it again. This happens to me all the time, or at least 9 times out of 10.

    September 4, 2012
    • That’s funny. If I’m hungry, I get the first thing I see on the menu haha, no time for indecision.

      And hey that IS awkward!!

      September 4, 2012
  2. E. #

    haha i think i’m worse than any of these as i’m the fussy and veggie one. they must hate me.

    September 4, 2012
    • Uh oh. :p

      September 4, 2012
  3. I epitomize Point 2 The “I-don’t-know-what-to-order” !!! I get so overwhelmed looking at the menu, that people dining with me choose to completely ignore me while ordering food 🙂 Somehow, I just cannot make up my mind !!! 😦

    September 5, 2012
  4. Why are the “I-dont-know-what-to-order” one and the “dieting” ones “she’s”? Are you trying to imply something? 😛
    I fall into the “I-dont-know-what-to-order.” I’m sorry to the others but dang it there are just too many good choices!

    September 5, 2012
    • HAHA! I promise you I was just alternating “he’s” and “she’s” .. nice catch though, I didn’t even notice, whoops!!

      Thanks Lilee :p

      September 5, 2012
      • It’s ok. I only noticed because it’s a painful truth. I do both although I admit I’m more guilty of not knowing what to order than I am the dieting.

        September 5, 2012
  5. Catherine #

    I know I’m late commenting, but as a waitress, I have to say the most awkward is definitely the one who can’t decide what to order (and it’s ALWAYS a woman!). Mostly because when I ask “Would you like more time with the menu” she either ignores me, responds by asking questions about the menu to the rest of the table as if one of her friends had asked instead of me, or lies by saying “no, I’m ready” and then continues to hem and haw. Meanwhile my other tables are staring, waiting for me to come to them with a “wtf?” expression and all I can do is throw my arms up, shrug, and point to Miss Indecisive. And I can’t do anything except either stand there awkwardly for what feels like forever with my fake smile and pen in hand giving occasional glances to the rest of the party, who look just as awkward as me, or just be blatantly rude and walk away.

    January 20, 2013
    • Hahaha I know exactly what you mean, the server staff at restaurants is definitely under appreciated when it comes to these things.

      A waitress once got us all to make suggestions for our Miss Indecisive and it worked hahaha 🙂

      I think you might enjoy a blog I follow:

      Thanks for the comment!


      January 20, 2013

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