Restaurants in the big cities

by | Nov 23, 2014 | Shahnaz Blog (Previously They Throw Rocks)

My mind wanders.  Today, while driving, I thought back to a very quaint Thai restaurant my husband, nephew and I went to in Chicago.  It was really a hole in the wall.  We were walking and it was lunch time and being hungry we started scouting restaurants.  Of course, this was Chicago.  We had our choice but we wanted something quick and something non-American and not fancy and we walked past a Thai restaurant that had a lunch menu and so we thought.  Why not?

And in we go.  The place was quite large.  We were seated immediately and we had our waiter ready to take our orders very soon. The place was buzzing.  We didn’t want to detain the waiters for long with deciding what to order.  And so, the 3 of us ordered something different.  And the food arrived very soon.  I was surprised.  They must have it pre-made and in stock.  It felt like fast food, from the speed aspect of it.  The taste felt like a preppy sit down restaurant.  I wish I remembered where it was, because I do want to go back.  It was so good.

But then again.  Do I need to go back to that restaurant?  Or do I just need to go back to Chicago?  And I think about Chicago and the big cities.  They have so many amazing restaurants.  And then it hit me.  Maybe I’m just a late bloomer and didn’t realize this all along, but a restaurant in the big cities that wasn’t providing great food would not really survive.  Or would it?  In places where the choices are limitless, why would anyone waste time on an “average” restaurant.

Funny thing.  I started this post a couple of weeks ago and guess I have just been busy.  And furthermore, where was this post leading, really?  I read a friend’s status on Facebook an hour ago.  It said that he was craving Taco Bell, despite living in New York where he had access to any cuisine.  Hmmm.  No, this post was not about the far side grass being greener.  I think I was prompted by this post because I went to a Moroccan restaurant here and wasn’t majorly impressed.  I guess, I need to move to the big city if I want to eat like a king (or a queen in my case).  Or restaurants really need to up their game in the suburbs of my midwestern town.

Before I go, I just want to say that I’m thankful this Thanksgiving for all you wonderful readers who keep me motivated and going.  You guys rock. :-)



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