Small games for two to be played in the restaurant while waiting
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We are not going out to have lunch in the restaurant, but years ago - and two children earlier - we were often out to lunch and playing games while waiting.

These games have already been played by us.

What do you play while waiting?
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The only place you need is the place to lay two cards on the table.
If you havn't got a table, you can put it anywhere.
 
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As I said before...
 
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You'll need 2 places for cards and at the end of the round you need a little bit more to sort the cards and make the pizzas.
 
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You don't need a table, you can play it in you own hands.
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For shure!
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Find a place to throw up to 10 dices - you are lucky!
 
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The cards in the middle can be slightly overlapping. No other problems.
 
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Try to use the edition, where you can see the different tiles colors. Don't use the first edition for playing in bad light.
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You'll see some guests looking very strange...
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The waiter is calculating the amount you'll have to pay? Just add a game of Speed. It's fun.
 
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We've played this card game in a few eateries. You just need a small space for a few cards and draw/discard piles.
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Played this while waiting for food once.
 
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Always a hit!
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I don't know if it comes in multiple sizes, but if so, I have a small travel-sized version of this game that we've played in restaurants.
 
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My ex-wife and I used to play this all the time in restaurants. Just paper and pen are all you need.
 
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Smaller than 3 cards on the table. Smaller than a cigar in your pocket.
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Farkel is not the most profound game, but it is our all-time #1 hit in coffee shops.
 
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Instead of playing a cardgame, I usually talk with my lunch partner while waiting....
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Definitely a small game, though there are quite a few little wooden pieces
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I have a friend that carries Rabbit Guessing in her pocket for just such occasions. It's fun. It's very fast. And you can adapt it to just about any playing area.
 
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..if your players don't mind an abstract game in an artsy metal box.
 
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Make your own copy as small as you want ...

Very quick, so you can play a tournament in three rounds: First, before you even get the drinks, one before the main menu, and one between this and the dessert.

Winner of the tournament pays the bill.
 
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A pretty decent push-your-luck dice game that is portable, plays quickly, and can be found at any Target store. My son keeps a copy of Cinq-O dangling from his swim bag.

... makes a great stocking stuffer too!
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Several times I carried this to the restaurant so that I and my kid could play while we where waiting for the food. Sometimes my wife or other couples that got along with us (looking sidelong to this strange behavior) also played it. The funny face of the people nearby when this hits the table is priceless!!
 
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This as been the game of choice lately. Both me and my kid love the fast playing and the twisted turns this gives. From time to time my wife also joins in. As usual the faces from the nearby tables is priceless. True to be told I usual do this at our normal restaurant where the staff already knows us.
 
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