Commensality in terms of archaeological investigations seems to revolve around
questions of feasting and everyday eating patterns. The nature of the
available evidence moves archaeologists and ancient historians to conjecture
about these questions in innovative and thoughtful ways. How can a modern
historian of food enter into this conversation? The history of restaurants in
the West seems to provide one way into this debate and poses the question of
what evidence we actually have for what commensality might be.