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It's not just me ... restaurants ARE disappointing
Last week I asked what was the worst meal you ever paid for. Boy, have some of you had some bad experiences.
One thing I saw a several times was people away from home seeing ads for their old favorites: A Brit in Arizona going to a pub for fish and chips; a Chicago native in Santa Fe seeing an ad for Chicago dogs. As a native Philadelphian who dies a little inside every time I hear the phrase "Philly steak", I should have seen this one coming.
Then there were the examples of poor execution. There was the cannoli that they insisted was made that day, but it was still frozen when they served it. There was the canned gravy over boxed mashed potatoes. The reports of kitchens that don't even have a place to cook, just freezers and microwaves.
And of course the stories of horrible service. Good God the stories of horrible service.
Al from Maine hit on why I do still eat out occasionally: "The only reason I went was to spend time with family."
But I still think my favorite "worst meal I paid for" story came from Barry via email:
My wedding. I was told that it was wonderful, but I don't remember eating anything, at least not more than a bite or two.
And now for something completely different ...
What's your favorite St. Paddy's Day recipe?
I'm working on a wrapup including my corned beef, Jenn's soda bread, the scones, the corned beef pizza. I'm looking for something new.