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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lunch Report: Friendly's...

I had posted earlier about my daughter's favorite restaurant just outside the gate of Ft Dix called Yordana's. If that pizza and seafood place is her favorite, then she has a close second when it comes to regular American fare; a chain called Friendly's.When she first described it to us, we thought it might be similar to Freddy's Frozen Custard, a place we have here in San Antonio. I was way off.Friendly's is closer to an IHOP with an attached Ice Cream stand. It has more of a real restaurant feel with waitresses seating you and such. And of course, a wide selection of food on the menu.I would even say it had sort of a Village Inn feel to it as well. It doesn't matter, the food was good.My daughter went with a bacon cheese burger that looked good and was apparently quite tasty for her. She had the standard fries which she enjoys.My wife went with one of those plates of mini-burgers and special waffle fries covered in cheese and some mini cheese sticks. Hell, she's probably still stopped up after all that cheese!I could not pass up a chance to try a Reuben sandwich, and I will tell you, it was stuffed, and done right. The best ever? Surely not, but certainly worth a try if you are in the area. You'll note that my waffle fries came without the aforementioned cheese, but I do confess to having dipped into my wife's. Good stuff.We couldn't help ourselves, what with being on vacation and all, and where normally I decline on dessert, I ordered up a scoop (or so) of ice cream, trying out the new mint chocolate chip and the peanut butter chocolate. My daughter got the same. Just a note between me and you: Peanut butter does not belong in ice cream. But my daughter enjoyed hers.It isn't fast food and the food is good and fairly reasonably priced. I can see why my daughter wishes Friendly's would make their way to San Antonio. Bring 'em on - Friendly's is a Tasty Treat!

But the story isn't over just yet. You see, towards the end of our meal, an SUV pulled in to the lot and parked right in front of the window where we were seated. An older retired couple got out (I make that comment based upon the white hair) and proceeded into the restaurant. Within a minute or so, we could see the vehicle had a dog (or two) in it. My wife started getting nervous immediately.

You might recall an incident I posted about some time ago where we found a dog in a parked vehicle with the windows rolled up in the heat. That is some cruel and illegal and stupid business. Anyway, in my line of thinking, the temps outside were not Texas style scorching, maybe in the mid 70's, and perhaps the rear window of the SUV was cracked a little. My wife was having none of it, and she was getting more and more upset by the minute.

When we left the restaurant, my wife was pretty intent on calling the police and in fact wanted me to find the people (who by the way were seated in the both directly behind us unbeknownst to my wife) and kick their elderly asses.
Instead, we found this comforting plate posted on each of the rear passenger windows. What you can't read is a message that says the owners are in fact very concerned about the welfare of their pets and that the vehicle air conditioning is running so the dogs can remain comfortable. No need to call police or jack with the blue hairs. If only more people were so thoughtful.

7 comments:

Rich said...

Man, I gotta quit looking at this blog. I'm gaining weight just from looking. How do you ever hold up?

Anonymous said...

........now why cant we have those considerate people here....good sign...good watch ,eva...

Paige said...

OHHH! I miss Friendly's! They are everywhere in NJ & were one of our favorite places when my hubby was stationed at Lakehurst....mmmmm...that IS something SA is missing ;-)

Dave said...

@Rich: Dude, have you seen my girth? It's a surprise the second story of our house is holding up!

@Anonymous: ....Agree...yes...hmmm

@Paige: I can see why you miss Friendly's - I'd agree, they would do well here in SA.

Lynne said...

Friendly's is always a treat when we go up to visit Pennsylvania.
If you ever get to head toward Reading, Pa, check out the Leesport Farmer's Market - best pizza and ice cream - and the downtown outlets (some are in the old train station). Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,

Back in my hometown (Fitchburg, MA) we also had a friendly's. I went there mostly for the milk shakes.

Tony

KeithAlanK said...

I miss Friendly's from when I lived in upstate New York.

Jim's is a reasonable substitute, but for some reason the ketchup at Friendly's was better than anywhere else.
Maybe because back then your squeeze bottle on the table was room-temp?
Maybe it was Hunt's, but since nobody buys that we'll never know.
My friends and I always wanted to try Friendly's ketchup on McD's fries to see if our heads would explode, but never followed through with this line of research.

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