Martin D. Goodkin


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Gay, Poor Old Man

Food & Drink > "Snack Time"

"Snack Time"

No matter how many times I pick up a restaurant menu and get sticker shock at the prices I still have this 'need' and so I spoil myself and fill it!

I haven't been to Panera's Bread restaurant in at least 10 years because no matter how fancy they make it up it is still 'fast food'-- not that I have anything against fast food places as you will see it is just if I am going to pay higher prices I expect to be waited on, served while I sit at a table and server takes my order, serves it and then gives me a check.

When I go to a Subway (picture upper left corner) or Arby's (picture below it) I usually have a coupon and the meal will come to less than $10 so I don't mind ordering at the counter, picking it up there, getting my own drink--basically waiting on myself!

And then if I have a pizza delivered (second and third pictures on top) I know there is a delivery charge plus, of course, I will tip the driver, but that is convenience more than service---plus I know better--never order a Domino's or Papa John's pizza when you have a Big Louie's less than a mile from you!

Getting back to Panera's--the 4 bottom pictures--I had a chicken sandwich (smaller than the palm of my hand--seriously) which came with a bag of chips plus I had a coffee and a bear claw--the latter a decent size and it came to $18. I guess I shouldn't complain as I got a paper napkin with it.

On the other hand I sat down in the Outback, had a server take me order, bring me my drink plus a loaf of hot dark bread and then served me a Filet Mignon, 6 chicken wings, a baked potato with sour cream, cheese, butter and julienne cheese on the side in addition to a side of broccoli (3 middle pictures) plus had a cloth napkin, steak and butter knives and 2 forks (and another loaf of bread!) and the check, with tax and tip came to $20.14

Now don't get me wrong I am as comfortable eating in Subway as I am in the Outback but one is having 'lunch' while the other is 'dining'--and both are franchises!

Bottom line is that I will probably not go back to Panera's for another 10 years if then! :O)

posted on Sept 6, 2022 1:20 PM ()


I frequently crave Chinese but we don't have a good place near us. I wish we did.
comment by elderjane on Sept 13, 2022 5:16 AM ()
We have many Chinese restaurants but none really good!
reply by greatmartin on Sept 13, 2022 8:43 AM ()
Hey, you can always spend it on me!!!
comment by greatmartin on Sept 7, 2022 11:30 AM ()
I guess the one downside of living in the country is that we didn't have all of these food options available. I get email from uber eats with a 30 dollar credit but, of course, we don't have that here either. I spent 19 and change for Chinese takeout last week, but I'm ready to do it again today if we go out. Gotta spend money on something.
comment by jjoohhnn on Sept 7, 2022 5:31 AM ()

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