I am new to the DC area.
I come with no ego and on a regular basis I admit when I'm wrong, sometimes even when I REALLY don't want to. I love my job, and will probably spend the rest of my life in restaurants in one way or another...or at least until they have had enough of me. I always try to be fair, regardless of whether it favors me or not. I will rarely argue, instead I attempt to discuss. I'm far from perfect, which at least keeps me entertained.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
Something with food or hanging out with friends. It is far easier to get to know someone when you are comfortable. Plus seeing how people interact with strangers tells a lot about a person.