Whether you’re dining among Michelin Stars or 5 feet away from a rustic handcrafted backgammon set at a Cracker Barrel, it’s a combo of common courtesy and modest respect for unspoken social contracts that keeps our collective dining culture intact. As Cracker Barrel Founder Dan Evins himself once famously quipped, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
Actually, that might have been Emily Post.
At any rate, after weeks of deliberation, presented are the 19 unwritten rules of dining in restaurants… except, I guess now they are actually written. So, this is kind of embarrassing. Look, maybe you should just go ahead and start reading the list. And remember before you comment: Judge not lest ye be judged even harder, OK?