I Want to Go to a Restaurant

 

I want to go to a restaurant.
I want to wait to be seated.
I want the hostess to ask me if this table is alright.
I want to take a long, deep sip from the water glass, a water glass that is full of ice and has droplets of water running down the side like glacial meltwater.
I want to examine the appetizer list like I’m choosing a college major.
I want to know what the soup of the day is.
I want the server to tell me about the specials. I want them to ask me what sides I want with my meal.
I want to hear the muted clang of the silverware as it rolls out of the napkin, then revel in anticipation as I tuck the napkin into my lap.
I want to savor each bite of my food, knowing that someone was paid good money to make it come out just right.
I want the server to offer me dessert. I want to decline their offer because I am just too full.
I want to sip a cup of coffee as the taste of the meal I just ate lingers in my mouth.
I want to tip my server for providing me this wonderful experience.
I want to smile politely to the hostess as I leave and thank them for an excellent meal.
I want to go back to a restaurant, and I want to go back soon.

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  1. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge
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    ShaunaHunt (View Comment):

    Marjorie Reynolds (View Comment):

    I’d like to go to a place called Keenan’s in Termonbarry for an Alpine Ice. It’s a sort of merangue topped with ice cream and toasted nuts and caramel sauce in the shape of a mountain peak.

    I need that in my life!

    I promise to post a picture when the happy day comes😀

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  2. Southern Pessimist Member
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    We will be going back to those restaurants that can make it through this in a few weeks but the experience of attentive service in an intimate setting will be gone for quite awhile.

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  3. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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  4. Arahant Member
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    ctlaw (View Comment):

    According to my credit card bills, I last had a meal at a restaurant on 3/9. Last takeout was 3/14.

    Last takeout? The last two nights. Still supporting our friendly food providers, even if I can’t go sit down and enjoy it there.

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  5. Stad Coolidge
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    I want to get a haircut then go to a restaurant and have lunch with friends. We can have lunch together at home, so why not out?

    Because you haven’t had a haircut and look like a hippie.

    If it grows any longer, I’ll look like I did in high school and college:

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  6. Stad Coolidge
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    Kevin Creighton (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Kevin Creighton:

    What’s the first restaurant you would go to? I’ve already made plans for my first restaurant trip.

    Interesting question. My heart says Mexican, (there’s a good Gringo-style Mexican place near me), but honestly, I am craving a steak more than anything else right now.

    We’re thinking of going to our favorite Chinese place here.  A lot of Chinese restaurants took an extra hit with all the bad publicity about China.

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  7. Arahant Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    I want to get a haircut then go to a restaurant and have lunch with friends. We can have lunch together at home, so why not out?

    Because you haven’t had a haircut and look like a hippie.

    If it grows any longer, I’ll look like I did in high school and college:

    Your hair’s too short there.

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  8. Stad Coolidge
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    I want to get a haircut then go to a restaurant and have lunch with friends. We can have lunch together at home, so why not out?

    Because you haven’t had a haircut and look like a hippie.

    If it grows any longer, I’ll look like I did in high school and college:

    Your hair’s too short there.

    That was the fall my senior year in high school.  I can’t find any pictures of me junior year in college – almost down to my waist (it grows fast).

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  9. Arahant Member
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    Stad (View Comment):
    I can’t find any pictures of me junior year in college – almost down to my waist (it grows fast).

    That’s about where mine is now.

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  10. E. Kent Golding Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Kevin Creighton (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    Kevin Creighton:

    What’s the first restaurant you would go to? I’ve already made plans for my first restaurant trip.

    Interesting question. My heart says Mexican, (there’s a good Gringo-style Mexican place near me), but honestly, I am craving a steak more than anything else right now.

    We’re thinking of going to our favorite Chinese place here. A lot of Chinese restaurants took an extra hit with all the bad publicity about China.

    We have done takeout from my daughter’s favorite Chinese restaurant.   They seem really really grateful.

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  11. carcat74 Member
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I want to to my club. I want the staff to greet me with there usual, “Hello Mr. ToryWarWriter.” I want to have my first glass of decent Shirazz brought to me by Ben the waiter, who is a fellow gamer, and knows what I want with out asking.

    I want to sit in the main room and have the portrait of the Queen loom down over me.

    I want to have real good food brought to me as I sit under the head table of a 100 year old club.

    What. I have money. Dont judge my capitalism and old world ways :)

    “Under the table”? How many glasses does it take?

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  12. James Gawron Inactive
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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I want to to my club. I want the staff to greet me with there usual, “Hello Mr. ToryWarWriter.” I want to have my first glass of decent Shirazz brought to me by Ben the waiter, who is a fellow gamer, and knows what I want with out asking.

    I want to sit in the main room and have the portrait of the Queen loom down over me.

    I want to have real good food brought to me as I sit under the head table of a 100 year old club.

    What. I have money. Dont judge my capitalism and old world ways :)

    “Under the table”? How many glasses does it take?

    Oh! You guys want to go upscale. I’ve got just the place for you.

    Regards,

    Jim

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