Fed up, but not with the food

Dear Queenie,

  I have a friend who has a hard time deciding what to order when we go out for dinner at a restaurant. He gets into a long conversation with the waiter or waitress about all the things on the menu and then when the food arrives he always has some complaint about it.

  Queenie, I don’t want to stop going out with him but what can I do?—Fed up, but not with the food


Dear Fed up,

  These days many restaurants post their menus online, so you can have a look or download it before you go out and give your friend a chance to think about what he will want to order before you go out.

  As for his complaints about the food when it arrives, talk to him about this behaviour before you go out, and ask him to tone it down as much as he can to spare you the embarrassment.