a non-hooters alternative to dining

November 9, 2009 at 10:59 am 14 comments



i love eating out. who doesn’t? when you come to think of it, it’s cheaper and leaves no dirty dishes behind. it also ensures that you’re set for lunch the next day if you’ve got leftovers to take home in a doggie bag.

i’m not so much a fan of the all-you-can-eat variety and big chain restaurants. i prefer small family-owned diners or restaurants who have been in the business for generations. it’s not easy to miss these places as they have become landmarks and part of the local dining tradition in the town or city where you live. a door sign saying something like est. 1958 gives them away.

in our town, dell cafe falls under this category. opened in 1940, it serves traditional american food. it’s a popular place to go for breakfast. on weekends, you have to be early as the waiting gets longer for latecomers. if you’re looking for something hot other than food, however, it’s not the one for you. the waitresses are no hooters material. for one thing, they have lived through the rigors of the korean and vietnam wars.

longevity is a safe bet. if there’s a downside, it’s that a generous tip is always appreciated (hint: obligatory). now, a restaurant won’t be around a long time if it doesn’t have a loyal clientele who comes again and again. having repeat customers could only mean the food is good and the service excellent.

don’t get me wrong, though. i don’t close my eyes on a new restaurant when i see one. i don’t mind giving it a try as long as i don’t see the following signs on the window:

1. we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone – i consider it tacky and discriminatory as if we’re back in the days of martin luther king, jr. all over again. correct me if i’m wrong, but i think a public establishment can’t refuse service to anyone unless it’s closing time or it involves the safety and well-being of its patrons.

2. restrooms are for customers only – i interpret it to mean that there’s something in the food that they serve that may cause diners to visit the restrooms whether they like it or not. it’s therefore necessary to limit the use of the restrooms to their customers as a courtesy and to avoid overcrowding.

aside from the food and the service, long established family-owned diners and restaurants can give you a sense of belonging. they are often patronized by locals who live in your neighborhood. in addition, they usually feature communal tables. since i hate eating by myself, i find long tables where you can sit with the other diners very much welcome. there’s no sadder spectacle than seeing somebody eating alone and has nobody to talk to even if it’s only about the weather. after all, we’re social beings.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  November 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    If I may ask, where’s your town?

    I used to eat everywhere.. as in EVERYWHERE. But when I was food poisoned (some famous food chain in Ortigas) ayun mejo nag-iingat na ko sa pagkain. Ang panget ng feeling na yun e.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  November 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

      ac:

      i live in castro valley, california. yogurt can help if you’re concerned with the quality of the food. when i was in turkey last year, i had the yogurt drink called ayran with every meal and didn’t have any stomach problem.

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      • 3. AC  |  November 10, 2009 at 12:12 am

        ohh.. i thought you’re here in the country. hehehe.

        anyhoo, i hate yogurt. šŸ˜€ perhaps i should start liking it as i am a street food lover. haha!

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        • 4. plaridel  |  November 11, 2009 at 10:24 am

          ac:

          beer will work, too.

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  • 5. J.Kulisap  |  November 10, 2009 at 12:23 am

    OMG..nasa Tate pala itong manok ko kay AC..di bale baka dumalaw sa Pilipinas.

    Sense of comfort and yong resto na ang nagsisilbi parang kasama sa bahay, ayaw ko ng masyadong pang commercial na..pabalik balik, tatanungin kung nagustuhan yong food, may kailangan pa or..what…parang hindi ko masyadong feel yon.

    Sabagay bihira akong kumain sa labas dahil masarap magluto ang ATE ko..oo ate ko lang yon..

    Pre si AC ha?

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    • 6. AC  |  November 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm

      Uy teka, pano ko nasama dito? Wahahahahah! šŸ˜† Kaloka nagulat na lang ako nabasa ko pangalan ko dito. Sus. šŸ˜†

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      • 7. plaridel  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:47 am

        ac:

        oo nga, na-blindsided tayo. pasensya na.

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  • 8. J.Kulisap  |  November 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    AC di ba single ka na ulit…aba pwedeng pwede yata akong humigop ng mainit na sabaw.

    Kaya mo yan, Plaridel pre..kailan ba uwi mo..mamamanhikan na tayo sa nueva Ecija.

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    • 9. AC  |  November 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm

      Hehehe. FYI, I’ve been single for a year and a half. Haha!

      Kaw talaga, tsk. Teka nga makadalaw sa blog mo, nagdudumi na tayo sa blog ni plaridel e. Hehehe. šŸ™‚

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    • 10. plaridel  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:46 am

      j.kulisap:

      hahaha! don’t push it, pre. baka di na sya dumaan dito.

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      • 11. J.Kulisap  |  November 12, 2009 at 1:07 am

        Dadaan pa ang magandang prinsesa.

        Pareng plaridel, sinasabi ko sayo ibang magmahal ang Pinay.

        Pramis.

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        • 12. AC  |  November 12, 2009 at 2:42 am

          J. Kulisap: Hoy blog ito noh, hindi ito “choose a date” na site. Hahaha! šŸ˜†

          Let’s not deviate from his topic. Kulit mo. Hehehe. šŸ˜†

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  • 13. Ruchi  |  November 11, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hehehehe…I eat out a lot and I drink out a lot too (mostly coffee!! :P) so i know what you mean…

    Like this one time I was at a coffee shop I visit often and I (very shamelessly!) didn’t leave a tip (I was very broke!!), the next time I went there they served me just one sugar with my coffee (they know I normally have two!!) and were very reluctant to give me another one!! šŸ˜›

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    • 14. plaridel  |  November 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

      ruchi:

      always be careful when you deal with those guys. read my next post. šŸ™‚

      Reply

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