Saturday, January 23, 2010
A Much Needed Quiet Dinner
I really needed a quiet dinner. So the obvious choice was a nearby Chinese place. The food is C+, but the atmosphere and the service is A+. This had been quite a week already. I'd been to Dallas and got back late Wednesday night. Thursday was a long day at the office. And every day was full of intense moments. Yes, Thursday night was a night for a quiet dinner, lingering over tea with the fortune cookies. We'd done it many times and it was always refreshing. We walked in the restaurant, already knowing what we were going to order and where we wanted to sit. As the waiter led us to our table, we heard the loud noises of some children. Looking at their table we saw that they were nearly done. So, we moved an extra table away and hoped for the best. We got our tea and gave our order. The children became louder. We ate our won ton soup. The children began chasing each other around the restaurant. We got our order. The parents received their bill, the children were climbing on the ledges. We ate our meal. The parents were talking, the children were yelling at each other, and the other guests were mumbling. We completed our meal and waited for the check. The parents started gathering coats. We got our check and the fortune cookies. They finally left. We enjoyed our fortune cookies with the last of the tea in the suddenly quiet restaurant. We left for home; but I did not feel refreshed and my nagging headache was still there. Recap: Meal - C+, atmosphere - F.