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Do you eat this way ... appetizer with entree simultaneously?

Any of you chowhounds out there ever insist a restaurant serve you the appetizer simultaneously with the entree, so that for example you can sip minestrone soup in between spoonfuls of pasta?

Or are you more traditional and prefer to have the appetizer first, dust it off, and then move on to the entree?

I ask because it seems with the prevalence of tapas and other small dish type restaurant (esp. wine bars) there really is no clear demarcation between a first course versus a second one, and most meals are better enjoyed with all the items together.

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  1. I prefer my appetizer first. I also prefer that none of my courses overlap. I don't want to get my entree while I'm still eating my salad/soup, etc. If I'm at at finer restaurant I want the whole dining experience and I prefer it at a more leisurely pace. I do however understand that the restaurant staff deal with all types of customers so I tend to let the staff know when I place my order.

    1. Unless I'm doing small plate dining, I want things one at a time. I don't like the table to get too cluttered--I'm clumsy enough as it is.

      1. I prefer one course at a time, unless I'm eating tapas. It really irks me when I'm still eating my salad or finishing an appetizer and the waiter arrives with my entree, forcing me to to fumble around to make room on the table.

        1. I think I prefer my appetizer first, but you know what really irks me... when I order soup and a salad and I get one or the other first!! If I order soup and salad, I want them at the same time... I ordered soup and salad because I wanted the best of both worlds! (And usually the bread comes with the salad, which hello, totally doesn't make sense! The bread is for dipping in the soup- duh! ;-) Usually I just tell them, but sometimes I forget.

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            OMG when I read the OP, it immediately made me think of this situation, which I absolutely HATE. Hello, everyone knows soup and salad should be brought together. This is especially so if I order the cup of soup and small sized salad; clearly, I did not intend either one, alone, to be my entree.

            1. re: Katie Nell

              If you want them to come together you ask them to come together. If the server doesn't ask if you which you'd prefer and you cant bother to remember something that irks you so much then you're both at fault.

            2. Unless I'm eating tapas or dim sum or having a couple of appetizers instead of an entree, I want things in the traditional order. For tapas or dim sum, I still don't want everything at once. I'll order as I eat or if doing a tasting menu, I expect that dishes will come out one or two at a time so that they can each be appreciated. And I hate being hurried along (or feeling hurried along) by more food arriving too soon.