Dining Out: A Quiz

I really enjoyed the last quiz about food. My most favorite part was hearing about the best meal you’ve ever eaten and the restaurant where it was served.

Since Covid we haven’t eaten in a restaurant. Not even one that’s set up outside dining. We have been doing take out weekly but let’s be honest, it isn’t the same as sitting at a table and being waited on. How about we talk about our restaurant experiences? Feel free to answer in the comments or leave a link to your blog if you’ll be answering there.

  • If you could go out to eat today, what restaurant would you go to? What would you order?
  • We already talked about the best meal we’ve ever eaten? What is the worst?
  • Do you have fond memories of a bygone restaurant? Did you have a favorite meal you miss?
  • When I was a kid it was a huge deal to go out to eat. What childhood restaurant memory do you have?
  • Fast food and casual dining restaurants are all the rage in the US. Do you have a favorite? How about one you avoid?

Here are my answers.

  • Ordinarily I’m a lunch or dinner out person but I realized just today that I really miss eating breakfast in a restaurant. I’m not one for making a big breakfast at home but if I was out I’d love to have waffles with fruit from the diner about 20 minutes from our house.
  • I don’t think the restaurant is still there. My mother, a friend and I went to a new to us Chinese restaurant. We had arrived right after they opened so the fact that we were the only people didn’t mean anything. We ordered and were served the meal and the food was horrible. It not only tasted bad, it was poorly cooked and slapped sloppily on the plates. We ate enough to not be hungry and after being there about 45 minutes realized we were still the only people in the place. This was maybe 40 years ago and it is still the worst meal I’ve ever eaten.
  • So many good restaurants are gone! It makes me a little sad to think about them. About 20 minutes from where we live there is a highway lined with stores, restaurants and shopping centers. It had its heyday in the 60’s & 70’s. So many of the now long gone restaurants were my favorite. My absolute favorite was The Ship. It was so fancy to me when I was a kid. It’s where I learned to love prime rib. There may be a dozen or so shrimp forks in my kitchen that came from there. When I want to relive the old fashioned fancy dining we go to The Continental. It’s expensive but the food is tasty and the service excellent. When we lived in California we used to eat at the Black Angus Steakhouse in Citrus Heights. It was so good. I still miss going there.
  • I have two distinct memories from dining out when I was a kid. Once a year we’d go with 3 or 4 families to the Green Ridge Turkey Farm in NH. This was a huge thing in the 60’s. We’d hang out in the lounge until our table for like 20 people was ready. This is where I had my first Shirley Temple and learned I hate maraschino cherries. We’d then sit at 2 tables, one for kids and the other for adults, and have dinner. Dessert was always ice cream. The other memory is of going shopping with my mother and grandmother on Saturday. We’d go to Grants and Woolworths. If I was lucky we’d get lunch at the restaurant in Woolworths. It usually involved a grilled cheese sandwich. One time when my cousin came along she and I were able to get banana splits for dessert. Such a sweet memory!
  • We eat fast food way too often. It’s so easy to just drive thru. We often go to McDonald’s. They have the tastiest fries. N will request Chick-fil-A. I’m not a huge fan of casual dining restaurants like Olive Garden or Applebee’s. They’re expensive and the food is only ok. I do like Texas Road House and won’t say no to Chili’s. I’d rather go to one of our local mid priced restaurants if I have the choice.

Now I’m hungry and I wish I could travel back in time to relive some of these memories.


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8 Responses to Dining Out: A Quiz

  1. Great quiz, as always! I love how your questions get us talking about things we normally wouldn’t get into in our blogs – we get to know each other better through them 🙂 Also as always, interesting answers. I would hope that Chinese restaurant isn’t there any more – it sounds really bad!

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  2. I’m skipping this one because meals out in restaurants never have been a huge thing for me. Now those same questions about my relationship with tea and cake in tea-shops through the years would be a very different matter! The cafe-lovers stretch both backwards and forwards in my bloodline and the novel I’ve just finished drafting has an awful lot of tea and cake in it!!

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  3. When you mentioned Grant’s and Woolworth’s, I immediately thought of my grandmother. I think she took to every lunch counter in every store in the greater Baltimore area. She is still in my heart, even after 50 years. Thank you.

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  4. The worst meal ever was at a vietnamese PHO place in Chicago. Our friends raved about it. We could barely eat it. They felt badly because they said it was once very very good. We laugh about it now

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  5. I answered your questions on my blog at https://quiteayarnblog.com/2020/11/11/dining-out-a-quiz/ Thanks for the fun quiz!

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  6. randomlyerin says:

    We’ve eaten out three times since March, all relatively recently but before it all got ugly again. We were really careful about where we went. And I miss it like crazy.


  7. Stefanie says:

    I don’t think I’ve had a horrible restaurant experience. When I was little, my grandparents would take me and my brother to Jack-in-the-Box after Golden Gate Park. I would have a taco and filling would fall to the bottom of the bag; I’d rip it open and eat it afterwards. Plus we’d always have onion rings too.

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