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Eating Utensils: How Did They Evolve Over Time?

Eating Utensils: How Did They Evolve Over Time?

Did you know that eating utensils weren’t always standard? Think about how you want to use them to enjoy our crab dip pretzel bowls!

Every now and then, you will need to pick up more eating utensils – after all, you’ll probably want to swap out the forks, knives, spoons, and chopsticks that you have on hand. Even so, did you know that these implements weren’t always standard? For a long time, people ate with their hands – it was tradition and it was just a cultural expectation – whether in the Middle Ages or in many global cultures today. If you’ve always wondered why restaurants provide you with silverware, here is part of the reason why. 

Your Fingers 

Yes, fingers were the original eating utensils. It makes sense – after all, they are attached and the earliest humans complemented their fingers by using sharpened stones, shells, or animal horns. Although it can be a bit messy (and sometimes construed as rude) there’s no doubt that designated finger foods remain popular – from simple snacks to classy appetizers and more filling meals like toast points for your crab dip – or the always popular tacos and pizza! Just don’t lick your fingers or wipe your hands on the tablecloth – that’s what napkins are for!

The Innovation of Chopsticks 

Now let’s talk about chopsticks. Often a staple of Chinese restaurants, they are meant to be quick sticks or quick ones. The chopsticks also owe their invention to simple twigs used to stir hot food Since Chinese food tends to be served as already sliced and diced, there’s less need for forks and knives. 

The First Knives 

Knives are another essential part of consuming your food. Eating utensils come about in different ways – and knives are no exception. Narrow, sharp knives were used to spear food during medieval times, and once table knives were innovated, they began to gain acceptance at meals. Stainless steel also helped make conventional table knives more popular than ever before. 

Try Some New Items at Costas Inn! 

Your seafood destination is always trying to up its game. We are proud to announce that we have some delicious new additions to our house menu. Crab dip bowls come with fresh pretzels. If you would like to pair up a soup with a pretzel bowl, then you’ll be happy to hear that it is only a $2 upcharge. 


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!


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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes