Monday Funday: Is it okay to eat a sandwich with your hands at a nice restaurant?

January 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

veryBigSandwichI love looking at how people get to this site. Today’s gem is a Google search of the phrase, “okay to eat sandwich with hands in nice restaurant.” I am guessing this is an etiquette question. Let’s address it. Sandwiches have built-in utensils called bread. You wouldn’t use some weird instrument to operate a fork and knife, so why put something between you an the sandwich? If it is a fancy restaurant and they serve sandwiches, they have to be prepared to have customers eating them the way God intended for us to eat sandwiches.

There are some exceptions to this rule. For instance, I had lunch this past Saturday with Beautiful Girlfriend and my barbecue pork sandwich lost all structural integrity. It fell apart, leaving a mass of meat and soggy bread. Don’t get me wrong – it was delicious, just overstuffed and messy. I used a fork to eat the last of it. Problem solved. Also, if you are at a nice place and you find yourself repeatedly licking your fingers while eating a sandwich, you should probably use utensils.

The other exception to the rule of eating a sandwich with your hands is the case of the dreaded open-face sandwich. I have a problem with this name but that’s what everyone calls them. It consists of a piece of bread with food on top of it and there’s just no way to eat it using your hands. This shouldn’t be called a sandwich. It should be called bread with food on it. Proper sandwiches have bread on both sides. But if you encouter this sort of thing, you should probably use a knife and fork.

Otherwise, if they give you a sandwich, eat it like a sandwich.

Photo by TitaniumDreads.

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§ 2 Responses to Monday Funday: Is it okay to eat a sandwich with your hands at a nice restaurant?

  • Susan W says:

    I can’t believe you managed a post partially about the dreaded open face sandwich WITHOUT mentioning Reggie.

  • Carl Weaver says:

    Reggie was on my mind as I wrote it. But really I have enough ire and contempt for open-face sandwiches for both of us. Plus, how do you ever describe the animation and fervor that is Reggie?

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