DEAR MISS MANNERS: Due to the virus and my age, I am living in isolation, but a dear friend recently went out to a restaurant and brought me an order of clam linguini. It was very good, but messy.
Please advise me on how to handle getting the clams out of the shell when eating out. I’m afraid I made a mess at home by myself, so I have decided never to order clams or mussels in the future when dining with friends.
GENTLE READER: That seems too drastic a solution. What you need is a seafood fork, which is small enough to spear those critters in their shells.
You don’t actually need it at home, as no one knows you made a mess -- or wouldn’t, if you hadn’t told Miss Manners -- but you should ask for one in a restaurant if it is not supplied.