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23 Ways Eating Out Is Actually Really Stressful

It sounds like a great idea, but it's never as much fun as you think.

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1. No-one can agree on where to go

Somehow, every single restaurant is hated by a different person
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Somehow, every single restaurant is hated by a different person

2. The cool restaurant doesn't take reservations

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Waiting for two hours to maybe get a table is torture

3. The other cool restaurant does, but only for 7 months later

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I don't know what I'm doing next week, I really don't know what I'm doing next year

4. The last cool restaurant might be too cool

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5. Even when you've decided to go, actually getting everyone together takes hours

6. So you get there first, and everyone else is late

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I have friends, honest

7. The restaurant will be too fancy and make you feel uncomforatable

8. Or not fancy enough...

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9. You always seem to end up with the worst seat

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Oh good, the only two people I don't know and who don't seem to know what 'conversation' is

10. Wine lists are straight-up terrifying

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Just pick the second cheapest and be done with it. Only way.

11. The menu is actually really confusing

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All of these words make sense to me, but not in this combination

12. The one thing you really want isn't available

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It wasn't available last time either. Conspiracy!

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13. When you do make a decision, you know it was a mistake immediately

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I know, I panicked, I'm regretting it already.

14. Someone always has a crazy dietary requirement

15. Your food will take ages to come

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Don't ask, you really don't want to the servers to be annoyed with you. Anyway, it'll only be a few minutes. Probably.

16. When it does come, you need to wait while everyone instragrams their meal

It doesn't even look that nice, and I'm really hungry!
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It doesn't even look that nice, and I'm really hungry!

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17. You're aware that your servers are definitely judging you

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Am I doing something offensive to them? Probably, but I DON'T KNOW WHAT!

18. When the food does come, there's definitely something there you don't recognize

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Either eat around it, or just chew through and hope.

19. Someone else's dish always looks better than yours

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It's fine, I don't care, really, I'm happy for you.

20. Someone at your table will ask for tomato sauce

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Or will add salt and pepper without tasting the food first. Just no.

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21. You have to over-tip for fear of ending up on the internet

This is not an over-tip.
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This is not an over-tip.

22. Seeing into the kitchen just makes you feel sorry for all the staff

*walking slowly away*
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*walking slowly away*

23. Splitting the check is a headache

'Yes, could we split this nine ways, please? Mix of cards and cash?'
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'Yes, could we split this nine ways, please? Mix of cards and cash?'

24. But occasionally you'll get that one great meal....

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Totally worth it

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