Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ice cream makes everything better.

Dan and I have the worst luck when it comes to dining out.

We are unsure why, but it never fails that the two of us will walk into a restaurant only be seated in the worst possible seat. I am talking the table next to the kitchen door, the table cramped in the corner, the table no one would possibly want, the table they use to hide or abuse patrons they don't care for. To make matters worse, when this happens, there are typically plenty of other desirable tables to choose from, which makes Dan and I wonder, what's wrong with us?

"Are they afraid of my height?" Dan asked.

Last night for dinner, I selected an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood on Menupages, but upon arrival, we discovered that it was out of business and replaced by an Argentine place. We love a good steak, so we figured, what the heck? As we walked in, we saw a bar at the entrance and two dining areas, one off to the side that was filled with people and one in the back that was completely dead and empty. Can you guess where the hostess escorted us?

As we sat down, we discovered that the place only took cash or Amex, so we got up and told the hostess that we would be right back with some cash. When we came back, we saw that the people-filled area of the restaurant had quite a few empty tables. When we asked to sit there instead, the hostess looked Dan up and down and replied, hesitantly, "okay."

We sat down and wondered what was the problem? We were dressed similarly to the patrons around us. We couldn't figure it out. The rest of the dining experience was equally uninspiring. We had to re-ask for our drinks, the service was slow and glum, and the meat was chewy and unappetizing.

To vindicate this terrible dining experience, we stopped for ice cream on the way home at Emack & Bolio's. On a regular day, we usually get one scoop on a sugar cone. But since we were so bummed out about dinner, we decided to splurge on a large cone encrusted with chocolate, marshmallow and Coco Puffs cereal. The guy behind the counter encouraged us to get 2 scoops of ice cream since we were sharing. It was more than we bargained for. After a few bites, we were pretty satisfied, but we had a long way until the finish.

Don't worry, we ate the whole thing anyway.


Susan said...

Life is short -- eat dessert first!!

Emily said...


Michele said...

don't feel bad. i always get seated near the bathoom or in the corner, facing the corner. and i am eating a sad king cone and envying the shit out of you guys.