Dining Poll: What Do You Do When a Friend Has an Expensive Appetite?

It’s happened to all of us at one point or another: You dine out with a group of friends and, while most choose modestly priced menu items, someone goes for the surf and turf with a side of foie gras. What’s a diner to do? Weigh in below!


  1. Nick Holland says

    Depends who’s paying. If we are going Dutch I match. If someone else is paying I match.

  2. says

    It’s the Last Supper theory. Every man and woman eats what they want and the bill is shared equally-always. You got to roll with people who eat and drink like you do and not worry. If it’s someone new to the fold, like a date of a friend, etc. someone needs to clue them in to the gameplan. Throw the cards down and split evenly; life is too short and you should dine out with the same mindset.

  3. Angie says

    This is all new to me! When my girlfriends and I go out, we get separate bills – nobody has ever suggested otherwise. If I’m out with my couple friends, we get separate bills between the couples. I do have two friends that share appies and bottles of wine and then try to split the cheque with me evenly, until I remind them that I had my own entree and I don’t drink.

    It’s probably different for men. I saw a comic once who mused that if you see a group of men eating out, when the cheque comes, each throws a couple of $20.00 bills on the table and leaves. If you see a group of women eating out, when the cheque comes, out comes the calculator and each woman either asks for change or charges her meal separately. It was meant to be a joke, but it’s true – watch for it the next time you are eating out!

  4. JLynn says

    This is me. I order on & DARE someone to say something! I pay for my taste! Foie gras, Dom Perignon, Louboutins and all!

  5. Earl Marsh says

    “Fooled me once, shame on you. Fooled me twice, shame on me.” After the second time one couple in a group ordered multiple cocktails, dessert and after-dinner port and then prompted when the check hit the table “Shall we split it”, I said “No – here’s my $100, $50 each for us (which included a 25% tip). Needless to say, we just decline to dine out with these free-loaders anymore.

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