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But it's only a wafer-thin mint...

Ha ha, you've got to love Wisconsin! This is the opposite of the food sticker-shock I got in Las Vegas, where food USED TO BE CHEAP but is now outrageously priced.

Pete invited me to a new coffee shop/gallery he'd read about in a small town about 20 min. away, so we took a little ride. The county highways between here and there are all scenic, winding and hilly. So we got there and there was a special all-you-can-eat barbecue going on--and we could smell hickory wafting through the parking lot right when we got out of the car. They had a smoker full of chicken and pork going outside the back door.

When we got inside, it looked more like a coffee shop, with blond hardwood floors and track lighting, and art on the walls, with some fiber, jewelry and ceramics around the perimeter of the room. The coffee was served from a bar, which also had beer! And there was a live band setting up!

It sounds like this place was trying to be too many things at once, but it wasn't. It was totally fun.

So we ate, and the waitress kept checking back to see if she could bring us more smoked meat. Eventually I had to admit, "No, I think I'm all set with that HALF A CHICKEN you brought me." The band started playing and we deicded to hang out for a few songs. Since they had a real espresso machine hissing and huffing and puffing behind the bar, I ordered a latte, and Pete had a microbrew beer. And the waitress might have talked me into a big cookie ;-)

Our check was thirty dollars. I had to laugh. In Vegas, I would have gotten a sandwich and a tap water for that.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 25th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
That place sounds awesomely fun! :) I like places that seem as if they're trying to do too much, but actually make it work.
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Another weird thing was that the whole crowd was 40 and up. I didn't have to feel old while I was there.
Sep. 26th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds awesome! It's nice when waiters are personable like that without being overbearing.

I've been experiencing similar surprise since moving to LA. The tax is noticeably higher, but everything else is shockingly cheaper.
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
I had no idea you moved to LA! OMG! Are you working in publishing there or something different?

I noticed that food cost was reasonable in San Francisco while I was there. I think I was accustomed to high sales tax from living in Chicago, so I didn't notice it. Sales tax here is only 5%.

I initially wondered why the waitress kept checking on us every 10 minutes and saying, "How're we doing?" and when we figured it out, we had to laugh. Who could possibly eat more portions???
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
It sounds lovely.

What's a smoker?
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
A smoker is like a grill that smokes and cooks meat at the same time.
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
I like that idea.
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