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While we don't recommend ordering any of these foods during a romantic dinner or business lunch, there are graceful ways to enjoy the most notoriously sloppy eats. "The key to eating messy foods is to take small bites," says Mike Lininger, editor of EtiquetteScholar.com and author of Essential Etiquette Fundamentals. Also, "don't be in a rush." Here's exactly how to approach 10 of the messiest dishes.
1. Buffalo Wings
Yes, you can eat these gracefully, sauce and all, says Sandy Muskopf Hyde, president of the Etiquette School of Ohio and a native of Buffalo, NY, birthplace of the famous wings. To minimize mess, go for drumsticks: Hold the ends with the thumb and index finger (or first two fingers) of both hands, and eat the drumstick clean. The two-boned, flat chicken wing is a different story, she says. Pick the wing up by the ends with the thumb and index finger (or first two fingers) of both hands. Locate the end with the larger bone sticking out. Use your fingers to Read More »from 10 Messy Foods You're Eating the Wrong Way