@NaplesItalian @DiningDosNDonts @ThePlaidApron June 23


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Restaurant Etiquette

Last weekend my wife and I spend time in Knoxville,TN with our oldest son Geoff and his girlfriend Rhea.

My wife Mira, me, Geoff, and Rhea.

Knoxville 2018

My son is a corporate chef for a great group of restaurants in Knoxville, TN which include Cru, Nama, and Shuck

If you are ever in Knoxville check out one of the restaurants he works for.

We went out to eat on Saturday night on a place he really loves after a great time at the Big Kahuna Wing Festival.

Kahuna

He and Rhea chose a great Italian place in Knoxville called Naples Italian Restaurant. It was here that we experienced great food and great service but were seated next to two couples that clearly don’t know restaurant etiquette. I want to emphasize the food and service were outstanding.

Naples

Here is what happened.

We didn’t have reservations arrived at 7 p.m. and scored a great booth at back of restaurant. What we quickly found out was we were seated next to 2 couples who were involved in non-stop conversations about how many homes they owned, size of their campers, grandchildren, trips to Ireland, swimming pools, and of course their previous marriages. Their over the top conversations were in voices loud enough to be heard in the kitchen.

The two couples were in their late 60’s and early 70’s and looked at first glance to be intelligent enough to understand that no one really wanted to hear their self-important chattering, but obviously they were clueless. In fact one of the men NEVER stopped talking, I don’t know how he finished his meal. Glances from my son and girlfriend were apparently misinterpreted as admiring or envious-WRONG!!

Try as we might to have our own conversations we ended the night dining on great Italian food but we left oblivious to what any of us said at our own table. When we got in the car we all knew everything about our four neighbors. In fact they left the restaurant 10 minutes before us and were still yakking it up in parking lot apparently rehashing some of the same stories.

Would love to hear from others on the best way to deal with the loud diners sitting next to you.

Things did get better for our farewell Sunday Brunch at The Plaid Apron. Another great Knoxville eatery with a gracious owner named Drew McDonald and no boisterous diners seated next to us. The food here was fabulous so our dining experience in Knoxville ended on a very high note. Drew and his wife Bonni have a great place.

Located in a great neighborhood of Knoxville called Sequoyah Hills.

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