Voices Carry

Ralph and I decided late Saturday afternoon that we needed to run a few errands and that we’d like to get a late lunch/early dinner.

One of our favorite places to go is the Gateway Diner in Westville.  I love diners because they have so many choices for me.  We often go to the Gateway for breakfast and lunches, but I had never had a dinner offering there.

Our only problem with the experience is that we were seated in a booth next to 2 of the most obnoxious “fellow” diners ever.  They were loud and talking about generally inappropriate things.  It certainly put a damper on what was otherwise our usual good experience.  That of course is not the responsibility of the restaurant, although I wish it was.

Those of you who do not come from diner country may not be familiar with the “Mini Meal.”  A mini meal is usually a dish offered on the regular menu just at a lower price and usually a smaller portion.  I got the lower price but certainly did Not get the smaller portion.  That of course, is not a complaint! ;-)

One of my favorite soups in the world is cream of celery, but you don’t see it often on restaurant menus.

It was a little thicker than I would have liked, but it was delicious!

It came with a good salad and I got the ranch dressing on the side.  I used my longstanding Weight Watchers trick of dipping my fork in the dressing first and getting just a tiny bit, then picking up the salad.  It’s a great way to save on the amount of dressing you use.

My dinner choice was eggplant parmesan.  Some diners do this really well, some others not so good.

This was a good experience.  I got the pasta as my side dish and as usual I had to had the extra parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.  I was amazed at the amount of eggplant that I got.  All this food for $6.19!!  Incredible!

Our waitress was very nice and accommodating.  You could tell that she was frustrated by our noisy neighbors also.  Overall it was a very enjoyable meal and I even have leftovers!

Not sure what’s on the agenda today.  I know I’m enjoying The Night Circus and there’s a new twist every few pages.  My kind of book!

Happy Sunday!

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6 responses to “Voices Carry

  1. That’s annoying about the people seated next to you – it’s so inconsiderate to other people.
    The eggplant dish looks delicious – it’s among my favourite vegetables.

  2. I need to make an eggplant parmesan, it always looks so good! I wish mroe restaurants did mini meals; I’m greedy so I always eat all that’s on my plate when I don’t really need it and a smaller helping would be fine… plus, I’m tight so if it’s cheaper, it’s a double winner :-)

    • You’re funny, Eleanor! I love it when I can save money eating out. Doesn’t always happen, but I try! I wish restaurants would do a lighter version of eggplant parm. They don’t need to deep fry it the way they do. I should try my own version, you’re right. Let’s work on it!

  3. I’m back blogging!! I’ve missed reading your posts :-) Hope you are well!

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