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i have to ask the question, does grabbing fast food from the drive-thru count as "dining?"
I counted it as "dining". It's spending money on food for a specific meal.
". . . does grabbing fast food from the drive-thru count as "dining?"
Excellent point Em. I wouldn't even call "grabbing fast food" eating. I think it comes closer to attempted suicide.
Only two places for dining available here anyhow. All the others are fast food establishments: Sit down, order, eat, get the hell out of here, we need your table!
Which two places are you refering to?
Sorry, but I think the monitor of this forum does not permit advertisements! Maybe I can say that one is right downtown on the avenue, the other has a French name.
It's not advertising to say "I prefer establishment A over eatery B."
Or, at least no reasonable person would see word-of-mouth recommendation in that light.
I disagree. There are a number of very nice restaurants in this town, and they are all independently owned. We never eat at fast food or chain restaurants and we eat out often.
A drive through town shows an over abundance of over priced burger joints with some odds and ends tossed in.
Yes, but this valley is also blessed with a lot of taco wagons--and you won't find them everywhere.
Just head a couple of state lines east, and they start to disappear.
Go a few months without, and you get to realize what a regional treasure those busses truly are.
Maybe a better question for these forums would be: "what sort of restaurant do you think this valley really needs?"
Of course, the Wenatchee World has yet to post for its readership an open-ended question; so the likelihood of seeing anything like that on these pages is sadly thin.
"Yes, but this valley is also blessed with a lot of taco wagons--and you won't find them everywhere."
Chuck you need to get out more, taco trucks are everywhere not just the valley either, there becoming an obnoxious plague in the Pacific Northwest
Anymore, Obliviots often make dining out tedious and less than enjoyable: undisciplined children, cell-phones, the inability for some to use "inside voices", and other less-than-polite behavior. Including the cost of dinner, tips, and gas, the enjoyment/aggravation ratio very seldom dips in favor of dining out.
Put that way, there is much to be said for dining in. Cooking a good, quality meal for and with friends and family.
It's also a great reason to plant a garden, and fold a few herbs into the flowebeds. Garlic repels aphids, so roses and apple trees love the stuff.
Instead of a front yard ornamental tree, plant a nice pippin (heirloom apples are yet scarce in these parts) ringed with garlic. You'll be glad you did.
For a little recreational elbow grease, some excellent dining and good times can be had.
You can say THAT again, davebugg! I HATE going to a sit-down restaurant for those very reasons! Inside voice? No one seems to understand just WHAT that is! And OMG.....the ill-mannered children! Much better to stay home and prepare your meals.
Just don't get me started on movie theaters. I have a terrific home theater which was motivated by the obliviot crowd.
"Obliviot": Ignorant, self-absorbed, self-important, narcissistic, completely oblivious and idiotic people.
Sure miss Rooney's and Haford's.
i worked at hayfords
This leads to what would be a good question to pose to readers:
"How would you rate customer service in general in Wenatchee compared to other cities you've visited recently?"
I see the "Best of" ballots in the issues, but no real venue to help determine where things around here could stand some polite improvement.
There are some good places in this valley, to be sure.
And, like everywhere else, there's room for improvement.
Point is, notions of "customer service" are better in Wenatchee today than they were even a decade ago. So how can we keep that momentum going and build on it?
As I understand the Indian eatery will be for lunch only, buffet style, which is not Dining!
I'm a little less comfortable with fast food in general these days. Here's some disturbing news from across the pond:
Not that there are serious ethical problems with eating horsemeat (compared to beef, vennison, moose, mutton, fowl, goat, swine, etc.) per se. The problem is when the consumer thinks he/she is purchasing something else.
The other issue with horse is that while beef is generally okay with most religious traditions, equine runs counter to the Leviticus codes. That alone would alienate more than one religious sect in the process.
I rarely go out to eat, as I cannot afford to. When one of my children take me out to eat, I am so shocked at the cost, it nearly blows my mind!
Judging by the results of this Poll so far, I'm convinced there is a great disparity in what we consider "dining out" to be. Is this supposed to be all meals, just lunch, just dinner? I think I take these polls too seriously.
My belief is any meal you purchase that is prepared to be eaten immediatly could be considered "dining out". I typically do the fast food drive thru cause I can't stand the sitting down experience like Davebugg says.
for me the best thing about these polls is that i find myself usually in a minority category, but comforted by the fact that i am not alone
it's relative, based upon family budget and other priorities; for many simply paying someone else to cook and serve their meal is considered a luxury that can only be afforded on special occasions; for others there is never time to cook a meal at home, and time is money
"Dining out" is arriving at a restaurant, entering and being greeted by an employee who will escort you to the table of your choice, if you are female the employee will assist in seating, moving the chair. The menu and the wine chart will be handed to you.... should I go on?
Dining out is anytime you don't cook at home.
For me it happens far less than it used to, thanks to the economy.
I don't know if Wenatchee could support it, but as often as I go there, I'd love to see a good steak house.
Best way to a good steak is to find a local cattle rancher and bargain for a quarter of a half of a steer on the hoof.
Go to the meat cutter of his recommendation, and eat it fresh.
It's also a great alternative way to source fresh meat for them who have any aversion to growth hormones, GMO alfalfa, etc; and it supports the local family producers who are struggling so much these days.
That, and when you serve the sirloins to friends and families you can honestly say you've seen the steer. There's a continuity to that that you just can't get at Wal-Mart.
I prefer to eat at home. The food is nourishing if one can keep it down.
Just my own thoughts, but I think there are four choices. Fast food, eating out, dining out, and fine dining. To compare one to the other is apples and oranges.
I do not go where alcohol is served which cuts most places out. Then there is the fact that I can cook a better meal for 1/4 of the cost and eat where someone is not going to be rude to me.