Yes, Dining not Driving.
We were at a restaurant this week and my wife wanted nutritional information on a dish. The server went to print out the calorie details of the whole menu. I saw a QR code on the menu, and got her the details much earlier than the server came back.
Shame on me for pulling out my phone at a meal. But as this LA Times article says
“In recent years, technology has become unavoidable in restaurants. Diners have turned into food paparazzi, hustling to get the perfect snapshot of a well-plated dish. Others seem to tweet every other bite while reviews on Yelp and Chowhound come harsh and often.
Many restaurants, trying to appeal to a younger crowd in a difficult economic environment, have become more forgiving of plugged-in clientele. Some have even incorporated iPads, QR codes and other digital trappings into their service and menus.”
Well, as Jon Reed points out, Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5% discount to patrons who check their electronics at the door:
"It's about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we're trying to create an ambience where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company."
BTW, Eva has some other nice touches – cooking classes and Its website credits many of the farms it sources from. Other reasons to leave the technology and enjoy the evening.