Whoever said manners are a thing of the past was completely wrong. Whether you are headed to brunch with friends or a fine dinner at NoJa with family, table manners are definitely something you should bring with you. For one, it can be a turn off to head out of the house dressed to impress but lacking in behavior. Here are a few of our favorite old-fashioned table manners.
Being polite extends beyond those that you are dining with. Be kind to your server and respectful to all of those you encounter throughout your dining experience.
Elbows Off the Table
This one can be very tempting and a hard thing to do for many of us. However, try to keep your elbows off the table. Not only is this proper table etiquette, but it will also help with your posture.
Wait for Everyone’s Food Before You Indulge
There may be times where your food is brought out before everyone else who is with you. Rather than indulging while everyone else sits, waiting for their food to be brought out, wait till everyone else’s plate has been brought so everyone may be able to eat together.
When it comes to being seated, let your host guide you rather than choosing your table. It’s always a good rule of thumb to let the adults sit first. You should also help those who are elderly to their seat and make sure there is enough space for any maneuvering they may need to do.
Cell phone etiquette should always apply to dinner time! Rather than taking a call at the table, excuse yourself and exit to the restroom or go outside.
Chew With Your Mouth Closed
It’s easy to get caught up in conversation with those around you, but keep in mind not everyone wants to see your meal being chewed. It’s also a good idea to be mindful of any bad habits like smacking or loud chewing.
Good manners never go out of style.
Noja is a Mediterranean-Asian restaurant in the heart of downtown Mobile with an ever-evolving menu. Call us at 251-433-0377 to make a reservation today then visit at 6 N. Jackson St.; Mobile.
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