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Is It OK To Save Seats In A Crowded Restaurant?

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Jan 27, 2017

This week's bonus mini episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player or iTunes/Podcasts app. (And please subscribe!)

When you're eating in a busy counter-service restaurant, is it OK to send one member of your group to claim a seat before you order? What about claiming a seat after you order, but before you get your food? Or should you wait for your food and then take your chances on getting a table?

Sporkful listener Clare in Irvine, CA (below), is torn by this dining dilemma:

“Should I strive for a utopian dining community where we’re all looking out for each other or is this more of a dog eat dog, get in there, get your seat, have your delicious food situation?”

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Clare brought her ethical quandary to Dan and Serious Eats food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of The Food Lab cookbook.

In a world where there just aren't enough tables to go around, is there a way to serve the greater good while maximizing your own restaurant experience?

Listen in to the episode to find out what Dan and Kenji recommend.

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Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Oakland" by Justin Asher

Photos: FlickrCC/Matt Biddulph; Courtesy of Clare G.

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