Dining Poll: Would You Enjoy Phone-Free Dining That Comes with a Discount?

Confession: When I dine or drink out, my phone is almost always next to me on the table or the bar (Awful, right?). I like snapping pics of food, checking in, tweeting about where I eat, and so on. But, really, I do feel bad about it. I should be more present. Pay attention to my dining companion. Soak up my surroundings. Rely on my memory and not the IMDB app to figure out if it was Jill Eikenberry from L.A. Law or Catherine Hicks from 7th Heaven who starred opposite William Shatner in Star Trek IV (It was Hicks, if you’re wondering).

The restaurateurs behind Eva restaurant in West Hollywood have had similar thoughts and are giving diners the opportunity to check their mobile phones at the door in exchange for a 5% discount. Would you take them up on this inspired offer? Weigh in on today’s poll!


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She portrayed the Queen of the Nile, but Elizabeth Taylor did not eat a Mediterranean diet.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Hold the gluten. More restaurants are offering menu items that are safe for celiac disease sufferers to eat. [Winston-Salem Journal]

* The game is chicken. Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) on unacceptable behavior and what his last meal would be. [FT.com]

* Flashers ruining meals. If you must photograph your food, leave your flash off. Thank you. [The New York Times]

* This doo is a don’t. If you dine out with your child, please remember that the table is not a changing station. Again, thank you. [Sun Times]

* Pump up the volume. Why restaurant music is often too loud or too lame. [Austin 360]

* Speaking of music. Even if it isn’t always music to your ears, per se, it’s music and restaurants have to pay for it. [InsideScoop SF]

* Dining with the Star Trekkers. Where Captain Picard would dine aboard the Enterprise. [Geek of the Day]

* The Liz Taylor diet. You may not lose any weight, but you’ll probably enjoy yourself immensely noshing on the notorious man eater’s menu. [Village Voice]

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