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Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:19 pm UTC
by Senefen
Two friends and I ended up buying Sukiyaki at a restaurant
With sukiyaki they bring you a pot of boiling broth on a burner and a big pile of ingredients, you add them and cook it yourself at the table. We had such a fun time we decided we should make a thing of going out and eating at odd places.
So my question to you is what unusual dining experiences have you had?
What do you want to do? Anything that's not ordinary for you, and not necessary just eating weird things (like insects...)
Before you say "that's not weird!" remember we're 3 white girls from the aussie suburbs :P

Our partial list for example:
Done:
Peking Duck
Sukiyaki
Yum Cha
Stokers <-pancakes, only open late at night

To Do:
Sushi Burger <- http://sushiburger.com.au/ O_o
Pho from Mekong <- evidently the best in Melbourne
Egyptian
Other African
Hofbrauhaus <- a German place
Sushi train
Korean BBQ
Vegan <- there's one which is also one of those Pay Whatever You Want ones
theatre restaurant
Something way too expensive and totally not worth it
Tram restaurant <-it's a restaurant on a tram!
Teppanyaki

We need recommendations!
Thoughts?

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:25 pm UTC
by Rinsaikeru
I've been for Korean BBQ, it's fun but not very unusual for me. Hmmm.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:07 am UTC
by Nath
Probably my most surprising meal was in a restaurant on some hill in Turkey. They brought us bottles of Coke, some salad, and... a plate of raw meat. In the corner of the room was a fire, where we could cook it. Wouldn't have been that weird if we had been expecting it, but it came somewhat out of the blue.

Anyway, possibly odd things you should try:
- Ethiopian food.
- Chaat, which is North Indian junk food.
- Dosa, which is South Indian breakfast food.
- Nasi campur, a plate of assorted Indonesian dishes with rice.
- Banh mi, Vietnamese sandwiches.
- Good dim sum.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:16 am UTC
by Durandal
Ethiopian food is fun to eat, and very very tasty.

Basically, they give you some flat bread with you rip off and use to pick up food with, then eat the whole thing. Very filling due to the bread.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:34 am UTC
by joeframbach
Oh man I went to this really weird Chinese restaurant last week.
When you sit down at the table, your plate is right in front of you, there's a chopstick to the left of your plate, and a chopstick to the right of your plate. Of course, to eat you have to pick up both chopsticks, but that really pissed of my buddy next to me because he didn't get to eat. At one point during dinner, everyone picked up their left chopstick at the same time. Man, we were there for HOURS.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:10 am UTC
by Nath
Oh, I've heard of that place. I was headed there once, but got deadlocked in traffic. I went to get a haircut instead, but the barber was asleep.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:25 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
Senefen wrote:With sukiyaki they bring you a pot of boiling broth on a burner and a big pile of ingredients, you add them and cook it yourself at the table.

I'm used to hearing this called "shabu-shabu"?

There's an ethiopian place not too far away that I have a gift certificate for, but Sarah and I haven't gotten over there to try it yet.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:07 pm UTC
by cyberia
Sushiburgers are awesome.

Also, hofbrauhaus is awesome but you should totally go to The Cuckoo in Olinda if you want crazy German dining pleasure.

The Tram Restaurant is great because you get as much booze as you can drink.

If you want somewhere hell-expensive but not really worth it, go to Flower Drum or Vue de Monde. But you'll have to wear suits or they won't let you in.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
by Rinsaikeru
I was at the haufbrauhaus when I was in Munich, I sent a male friend in to take a photo of the Vomitorium in the mens room. I didn't know whether to feel vindicated or offended that they didn't feel the women's room needed one.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:50 pm UTC
by Nebuduck
You're in australia? Go to Tetsuyas. It's waaaaaaay too expensive, but totally worth it. And waaaaaaaay too expensive (chances are you can't afford it). And also ranked something like 5th best in the world.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:38 am UTC
by Senefen
Bakemaster wrote:
Senefen wrote:With sukiyaki they bring you a pot of boiling broth on a burner and a big pile of ingredients, you add them and cook it yourself at the table.

I'm used to hearing this called "shabu-shabu"?

Probably is, it was a Thai place in a country town. They weren't really concerned with accuracy. Pan asian cuisine :p

Yep, I'm in Australia, Melbourne to be precise.

I'll have to find out if they have a vomitorium here too XD.

The Spooky Pub in London was pretty fun too. The bathroom's hidden behind a bookcase.

Looks like haufbrauhaus is the next place we're going to.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:52 am UTC
by Decker
Durandal wrote:Ethiopian food is fun to eat, and very very tasty.

Basically, they give you some flat bread with you rip off and use to pick up food with, then eat the whole thing. Very filling due to the bread.


I've had this before, but the bread actually thew me a bit. I didn't expect it to be so...gummy and sour I suppose.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:43 pm UTC
by Chfan
Has anyone ever been to Moto in Chicago? I think that's what it's called...

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:59 am UTC
by a thing
Brazilian steakhouse. Amazing service of an army of servers keeping a constant eye on when you want more meat from a shishkabob (or however the heel it is spelled) plus a kick-ass salad bar (although it is not really a salad bar, it has some meats like salmon and pork). The one I went to also had UNLIMITED FRIED BANANAS <333333333. Very expensive though. $50 for everything per person, $25 for salad bar only.

Good luck finding that in Australia.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
by joeframbach
a thing wrote:Brazilian steakhouse. Amazing service of an army of servers keeping a constant eye on when you want more meat from a shishkabob (or however the heel it is spelled) plus a kick-ass salad bar (although it is not really a salad bar, it has some meats like salmon and pork). The one I went to also had UNLIMITED FRIED BANANAS <333333333. Very expensive though. $50 for everything per person, $25 for salad bar only.

Good luck finding that in Australia.


There's one of these in Pittsburgh. For $40, you sit down and a guy comes around every minute or so with MEAT ON A SWORD. That's right. A sword. With meat on it. Fried Bananas everywhere too.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:28 pm UTC
by bigglesworth
There's a great one called Carnivore in Nairobi. Camel, crocodile, ostrich... (and beef, pork, chicken).

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:31 am UTC
by Prions
Our school's band was in Canada, we played around Quebec and Montreal and did pretty well overall. We dined out every night for dinner and one night we went to the "Sugar Shack".

I thought it was going to be some suave cafe like restaurant. I was totally wrong.

We were in the middle of the woods and we drive up. All thats in front of us is a shack. Yep, the size of a small store and built out of plywood. We walk in, and theres drunk Canadians dancing on the tables and yelling at us Americans. :roll: Some guy at the front of the 'stage'(in reality a soap box) was playing the spoons.

The food was... interesting also. We first had a soup, not too bad. For the main course we had meat pie, rice, and some other weird foods. Including pork rinds that were hardly edible.


The funny thing was, we had to fit a medium sized jazz band in that small room. We packed ourselves from wall to wall and just played. The din was amazingly loud, and the acoustics were a bit off.

We sounded great, but it was just a wacky trip. :P

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:27 pm UTC
by Senefen
We went to Yum Cha on Friday at a place called Red Door Yum Cha and & Antiques, it's just off chapel street in Windsor. It's an antique shop as well and everything is for sale. Our we sat on cushions in on a 4-posted wooden bed frame with a little tea table between us rather than a regular table with miss matched antique chairs. The food was pretty good, and a decent price, basic dumplings were ~$1.80. We bought a lot though and it added up, some were more expensive than others and it ended up costing about $72 for the two of us, which was a bit of a shock, we took away 6 steamed buns to meet up with the other girl who was ment to come [she had work] and give her dessert.
Had lots of fun though. The bed/table was a nice touch. Cool place.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:36 pm UTC
by masher
I've done the Tram Resturant.

It's pretty good. We did the first round - the 3 course meal. It was pretty good, but I reckon the 5 cse would be excellent.

Apparantly it's quite hard to get bookings if you live in Melbourne. We went with friends from Perth, and they booked. So you might want to be tourists for the Tram...

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:25 am UTC
by Eloth
I was at a restaurant on some Aegean Island (think it was Hydra) and I ordered grilled octopus at a small restaurant. A few minutes later these two waiters from the restaurant walk out onto the beach below the terrace where I was sitting each carrying an octopus which they the proceed to beat against the rocks for about five minutes, they then go back inside with the octopuses and ten minutes later my food arrives. It was damn good too.

Also I have been served sashimi that was basically cut from a live fish.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:08 pm UTC
by julius
joeframbach wrote:MEAT ON A SWORD. That's right. A sword. With meat on it.


Mmmmnnggggh... must... not... make... childish... joke... oh sod it. PORK SWORD!!!

I'm so sorry.

(Watching the latest Top Gear last night didn't help - it did, indeed, feature a pork sword.)

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
by Pookleblinky
A restaurant near me never has food, so it serves professional bachelor's food.

Each time I've gone there, the ordering process goes like this:

Me: I'd like a steak sub.
Them: Oh, we're out of steak.
Me: An Italian sub, then.
Them: Ah, we have salami but no cheese, sorry.
Me: A slice of pepperoni pizza?
Them: Ah, we just ran out of tomato sauce, sorry.
Me: Do you have pesto?
Them: Oh me yarm PESTO WOULD WORK! But... we're out. Would chicken wing sauce work?

Eventually she hacked together a small pizza consisting of french bread, chicken wing sauce, provolone cheese, garlic paste, bits of burger, and bacon.

It might take 5 minutes to actually serve something, but you will eventually get food. Real, artery-clogging, completely insane professionally-made bachelor's food. And, they will discount the hell out of it as an apology for not having real food.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:23 am UTC
by Encarnacion
The only one that comes to mind right now is Organ Stop Pizza It is in Mesa, Arizona, USA. Open only during the dinner hour, you eat pizza and get to drown in the world's largest Wurlitzer pipe organ. And it isn't even a little bit expensive compared to other restaurants. It is amazing, and if I could, I'd eat there every night.

Just so we are clear, I did not get paid a thing for making that statement.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:48 am UTC
by Zohar
Two things come to mind, but they're not really related to the food at the restaurant.

First, when I was about five or so, my family and I went on a trip around Europe (we lived in Belgium then). We also were in Germany for a little bit, and went to dinner there. My younger brother was about three. The waiter comes up, takes our orders and so on, after a while he comes back with our drinks and hands them to each of us in turn, then we each say thank you. So my older brother says thanks, my mom says thanks, so does my dad, then me, and lastly my brother tells the waiter "fuck you". It was completely by mistake and it was hilarious. My brother hates this story, we love it.

Second, on my 13th birthday (Bar Mitzva) my dad, younger brother and I went on a trip on Florida (first and only time I've been in the US, so far). On my b-day itself we went to a restaurant called Bennigan's (is it a network? I don't know). Anyway, our waitress was simply awful. We ordered our courses. After 20 minutes or so my dad and brother got theirs, I didn't get mine. Then the waitress came up and said she dropped my food on the floor, and that they don't have any more of what I ordered. Eventually I ordered a mediocre soup (they didn't have many options for vegetarians). Obviously, we did not leave any tip.

I'm a firm believer in having the tips reflect the service. I don't usually reduce the tip but if it's exceptionally bad service (or exceptionally good), I'll change the usual amount. Some of my friends criticize me for doing this, but I expect get service when I spend my money somewhere.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:37 pm UTC
by JBJ
Zohar wrote: On my b-day itself we went to a restaurant called Bennigan's (is it a network? I don't know). Anyway, our waitress was simply awful. (snip... bad dining experience .../snip) Obviously, we did not leave any tip.


Well, you don't have to worry about a repeat experience. They were a semi-national chain of restaurants, but went out of business a few months back. Made news here since it wasn't your typical "the economy's bad, we'll be closing some stores and phasing out the rest." Employees went to work to find a note on the door.

As far as the tip, it's actually more insulting to leave a minuscule tip, like $1.00 or just some loose change, than no tip at all. Especially in a tourist area like Florida (I'm assuming Orlando area...?). Servers there deal with people from a number of countries where sometimes tipping isn't customary, and while they will get upset if stiffed, it will leave more of an impression if you leave a really small tip. Regardless, ask to speak to a manager if you had a bad experience. That's their job and they usually will manage a good compromise.

One of the oddest food items I've had chance to partake in was a deep-fried Twinkie at a flea market. Very simple recipe actually. Take a frozen Twinkie, insert a corn-dog/popsicle stick, dip in funnel cake batter, deep-fry, add powdered sugar and serve. Calorie and cholesterol count off the charts obviously. I could barely eat half. What struck me as odd was that the deep-fried Twinkie was their signature item, plastered all over their signs (they had hot-dogs, fries, and other standard flea market fare too), but the server was so excited to make me one like no one had ever ordered it before.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:06 pm UTC
by Jinx
JBJ wrote:One of the oddest food items I've had chance to partake in was a deep-fried Twinkie at a flea market. Very simple recipe actually. Take a frozen Twinkie, insert a corn-dog/popsicle stick, dip in funnel cake batter, deep-fry, add powdered sugar and serve. Calorie and cholesterol count off the charts obviously. I could barely eat half. What struck me as odd was that the deep-fried Twinkie was their signature item, plastered all over their signs (they had hot-dogs, fries, and other standard flea market fare too), but the server was so excited to make me one like no one had ever ordered it before.


Carnivals are great for that kind of stuff.

Every year here in Houston when the big rodeo comes to town, an appropriately-sized carnival comes with it, and with that comes a gaggle of vendors with just about every deep-fried delight you can think of. A sample of such offerings-

Deep fried:
twinkies (aforementioned), Snickers bars, 3 Musketeers bars, Milky Way bars (you get the point- just about every fried candy bar available), oreos, bananas (fruits? wtf??), pizza, pickles, brownies, cheesecake...

yeah, whatever they can get their hands on.

On a completely different note, there are a couple places here in town that are known for their Texas "hospitality". One is a tavern-type place where you better have a sense of humor about you, because the old-women servers will shit-talk you and berate you if you waste their time. Haha, and yes, it's to be expected...

"Y'all ready to order?"
"No, just another minute."
"Well let me know when y'all are ready to quit wastin' my time.."

^a more mild sampling

A fun place though is a little hole-in-the-wall shack in our downtown area. You walk in, and there are peanut shells all over the wooden floors. Also, there's this big bowl of shelled peanuts in the center of every table for customers to eat as they wait for their food. The servers actually expect you to drop all your shells on the floor. My dad thought he was being polite when he was placing his on a napkin in front of him. A waitress comes along not long after, removes his napkin, and dumps them on the floor. "There ya go honey, just takin' care of that for ya."

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:45 am UTC
by Jorpho
Next time I'm in Montreal I hereby resolve to dine at O.NOIR, even if I have to do it alone. You eat your food in pitch darkness. Apparently it's quite something.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:21 pm UTC
by gerb
joeframbach wrote:
a thing wrote:Brazilian steakhouse. Amazing service of an army of servers keeping a constant eye on when you want more meat from a shishkabob (or however the heel it is spelled) plus a kick-ass salad bar (although it is not really a salad bar, it has some meats like salmon and pork). The one I went to also had UNLIMITED FRIED BANANAS <333333333. Very expensive though. $50 for everything per person, $25 for salad bar only.

Good luck finding that in Australia.


There's one of these in Pittsburgh. For $40, you sit down and a guy comes around every minute or so with MEAT ON A SWORD. That's right. A sword. With meat on it. Fried Bananas everywhere too.


What is this place? I must see it... *drool*

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:48 pm UTC
by TaintedDeity
Jinx wrote:A fun place though is a little hole-in-the-wall shack in our downtown area. You walk in, and there are peanut shells all over the wooden floors. Also, there's this big bowl of shelled peanuts in the center of every table for customers to eat as they wait for their food. The servers actually expect you to drop all your shells on the floor. My dad thought he was being polite when he was placing his on a napkin in front of him. A waitress comes along not long after, removes his napkin, and dumps them on the floor. "There ya go honey, just takin' care of that for ya."
My uncle was telling me about a place similar to that in Egypt but more extreme.
They have several big bowls and ashtrays full of peanuts all around the pub and a huge bin of peanuts somewhere around.
You can tell the newbies to the bar because they eat the peanuts, everybody else knows to find themselves a bowl and save them, because those peanuts will end up all over you, the floor, the tables, lampshades and outside and if you aren;t ready to defend yourself with your bowl of peanuts you'll get attacked from every side. Apparently it;s not an uncommon occurrence for the bin of peanuts to get tipped over somebody.
It sounds hilarious, a giant peanut war going on all around you while eating and drinking. In the morning the owners just sweep the floor out the back and leave it :D

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:20 am UTC
by podbaydoor
Senefen wrote:
Mr. Bakerstein wrote:
Senefen wrote:With sukiyaki they bring you a gumdrops of boiling broth on a burner and a big pile of ingredients, you add them and cook it yourself at the table.

I'm used to hearing this called "shabu-shabu"?

Probably is, it was a Thai place in a country town. They weren't really concerned with accuracy. Pan asian cuisine :p

No, it sounds like sukiyaki if you guys got vegetables and whatnot. Shabu-shabu is similar, but much more meat-centric, with super thin slices of meat. Also, both sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are Japanese words.

Definitely try out teppanyaki! It might be pricey if you're at a swank place, but it's always fun to watch the chef make your food.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:45 am UTC
by <nyssa>
The oddest dining experience I ever had was when my friend's family took me to a Yum Cha place for her 18th birthday. The food was really nice, and I experienced some very nice tea and some tasty desserts, but during the meal, her parents would get one of the dishes, talk to each other in Chinese, laugh hysterically, and then offer it to me and say, "Here you go, try this one". O.o. To this day I'm not sure exactly what it was that I was eating. It probably wasn't anything too bad, they were just having fun trying to put me off I think.

Thai places are also good for odd experiences, not because of the food, but because of the mix and match menus. "Yes please, I'd like this meat, with this sauce, on these noodles". I got so confused trying to fathom how to order the first time I went out to a Thai restaurant.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
by Mathmagic
joeframbach wrote:
a thing wrote:Brazilian steakhouse. Amazing service of an army of servers keeping a constant eye on when you want more meat from a shishkabob (or however the heel it is spelled) plus a kick-ass salad bar (although it is not really a salad bar, it has some meats like salmon and pork). The one I went to also had UNLIMITED FRIED BANANAS <333333333. Very expensive though. $50 for everything per person, $25 for salad bar only.

Good luck finding that in Australia.


There's one of these in Pittsburgh. For $40, you sit down and a guy comes around every minute or so with MEAT ON A SWORD. That's right. A sword. With meat on it. Fried Bananas everywhere too.

Are you sure the bananas weren't actually plantains?

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:47 pm UTC
by roxinator.
I went to a Brazilian/Cajun restaurant in Montreal a few weeks ago. They serve alligator. It was amazing.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:14 pm UTC
by Chfan
I've had alligator in Florida. It has its own unique flavor but you wouldn't really expect to be eating an alligator if you weren't told what it was first.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:50 am UTC
by zug
Durandal wrote:Ethiopian food is fun to eat, and very very tasty.

Basically, they give you some flat bread with you rip off and use to pick up food with, then eat the whole thing. Very filling due to the bread.

someone else already said it! My ex (bf at the time) and I went to NYC from the midwest for spring vacation a few years back. Now, I really really love food. So he wanted to show me some neat off-the-beaten-path restaurants (he had visited a couple times before). We went to an Ethiopian restaurant (cue bad jokes about the irony a la South Park) and I was kind of surprised to notice that there were no utensils of any kind on their tables.

But yeah, the flat bread described above is more of a spongy very very thin tortilla-like concoction. I ordered something lamby and my bf ordered something chickeny and they brought out this HUUUUUGE platter with an ENOOOORMOUS piece of this spongy tortilla lining the platter, and 2 piles of meat, 1 on either side of it. You tear off a piece of the tortilla and use it to pick up a clump of meat and by god it was delicious.

A restaurant where eating with your hands is the only option! I definitely recommend it.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:02 am UTC
by Jorpho
Durandal wrote:Ethiopian food is fun to eat, and very very tasty.

Basically, they give you some flat bread with you rip off and use to pick up food with, then eat the whole thing. Very filling due to the bread.
I had that once when I was in Montreal. It was kind of cool, but the experience was utterly ruined by the abysmal quality of the service.

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:36 am UTC
by crickets
I find the oddest dining experiences are actually grocery store trips and anything dessert related.

I like going to the grocery store in china town and buying weird candy...

food-wise, i don't get to try a lot of exciting things. That's kind of sad....

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
by kgirlfae
crickets wrote:I find the oddest dining experiences are actually grocery store trips and anything dessert related.

I like going to the grocery store in china town and buying weird candy...
We actually have started a game out of going to our local asian store and picking out the weirdest thing we can find and cooking with it. It's really forced my husband and I to try out new things (and preparation methods). Much fun!

I think my favorite experience was taking our roommate to my husband and I's favorite ramen house here in Denver. My roommate is the kind of guy that no matter where you take him, he'll find the closest option to "chicken fingers" and order that. So he didn't have a comfort zone of food when we took him, and it was hilarious to watch him try to find something to eat that he wouldn't find too weird. He doesn't go out with us anymore (sad.)

joeframbach wrote:For $40, you sit down and a guy comes around every minute or so with MEAT ON A SWORD
We had one of these in Denver too! It was shut down a few years back because the restaurant wasn't paying the correct taxes on the servers tips. I really liked going there until one bad experience involving a food allergy and a lying waitress. I think there's another one downtown, and I now want to see if I can convince the husband to take me...

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:14 am UTC
by Magic Smoothie
Ooh, I've had Ethiopian, too!

Probably the strangest dining experience I've had (even though it had little to do with the food) was when I was on a road trip with my family and we were going through Oregon. Eastern Oregon. The dining choices ranged from KFC to "Generic Greasy Spoon," so we were looking in the phonebook and saw "Foley's Station." Didn't look too awful.

We showed up in our wrinkly jeans and such... at THE SWANKIEST RESTAURANT IN EAST OREGON (which isn't saying much at all). So we eat with sidelong glances from everyone; then the MANAGER comes over and tells us about how the restaurant is somehow related to the Titanic and about a massive fancy buffet they're having in a couple months.

o_o?

Re: Odd dining experiences.

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:47 am UTC
by crickets
Magic Smoothie wrote:Ooh, I've had Ethiopian, too!

Probably the strangest dining experience I've had (even though it had little to do with the food) was when I was on a road trip with my family and we were going through Oregon. Eastern Oregon. The dining choices ranged from KFC to "Generic Greasy Spoon," so we were looking in the phonebook and saw "Foley's Station." Didn't look too awful.

We showed up in our wrinkly jeans and such... at THE SWANKIEST RESTAURANT IN EAST OREGON (which isn't saying much at all). So we eat with sidelong glances from everyone; then the MANAGER comes over and tells us about how the restaurant is somehow related to the Titanic and about a massive fancy buffet they're having in a couple months.

o_o?



I had a similar experience at a restaurant in my hometown called STEAK VILLAGE. Now, there's this seedy little "chinese" food place called Smilie's Village, and the signs for both restaurants are the same color and font, so needless to say, we were expecting something... well, kind of seedy and cheap.

It was not so. Not so at all. I think we just ordered appetizers, and they were /fantastic/, but it was SO EXPENSIVE. I almost died. It was awesome.