When you’re starving and all you can think about is the incredible meal you’re about to indulge in at your favorite restaurant, the last thing you want to do is hear that you have to wait for a table. Even when it’s only a quick 5 or 10 minute wait, we know that it can be easy to get pretty antsy! But waiting doesn’t always have to be an uneventful or frustrating experience – in fact, it can be pretty fun if you know how to pass the time. Here are some of our suggestions for what to do as you wait to be seated:
1. 20 Questions: Have someone in your party think of a person, place or thing, then go around the group and begin asking yes or no questions to try and figure out who or what they’re thinking of. If no one has figured it out by the time the 20th question rolls around, then the designated “thinker” wins! But if someone does, the person who was able to successfully determine the person, place or thing in question gets to think of something new next.
2. I Spy: Start by having one person look for anything in your surroundings – and we really mean anything – then have them provide your group with a clue (do so by using the phrase “I spy with my little eye something…..”). Once they give you a hint (a color, a shape, a size, etc), have everyone else start looking around to see if they can find what the spy has their eye on. Whoever guesses it correctly gets to go next.
3. Tic-Tac-Toe: Especially when you have children going out to eat with you, it’s always a good idea to bring a small notebook and a pen or pencil so that you can keep them occupied. A perfect game to play is tic-tac-toe! First decide who will be Xs and who will be Os, then draw out your game board and get to it!
Like we said earlier, we know that waiting at a restaurant isn’t always favored, but when you have a few tricks up your sleeve to make the wait seem shorter, you’ll find that it isn’t so bad after all!
Now you tell us – what do you usually do when you find out there is a wait? Do you have any family fun games that you like to play? If so, be sure to visit us on Facebook or Twitter to share them with us!
Chip’s Family Restaurant is a restaurant in Southbury, Fairfield, Orange, Trumbull and Wethersfield, and has been serving the local people of Connecticut since 1966. With five locations currently open, there is an opportunity for everyone to experience the menu items that has everyone in the area talking! To learn where you can find a Chip’s near you, please visit the locations tab above.