Thursday, June 23, 2005

confusion of the palate

Ah, memories. The Carriage Inn Restuarant. It was a local favorite in my hometown. They served a daily buffet and had menu items that ranged from burgers and blt's to steaks and homeade soups. Although their food wasn't exactly exquisite, it was your typical small town cafe complete with southern charm. To everyones surprise, several years ago the family owned business was sold to some out of towners. An Oriental couple bought the restaurant and decided to make a few changes to the current menu. While keeping the traditional southern flavors alive, they also thought it necessary to add some tastes of the Orient as well. And since to most of us anything Oriental is Chinese, I guess it was. What is interesting, is some of the foods in which they chose to serve together. It was almost akin to the food bar at BCF (affectionately known as the House of Seven Starches) in which spaghetti was served with turnip greens. And no I didn't say and, I said with. So anyway, in honor of the wide array of flavors at the Carriage Inn Restaurant, several friends and I created some names we considered appropriate for some of the strange concotions created there.

Fried Rice and Gravy
Pork Chop Suey
Deviled Egg Rolls
Moo Goo Gai Pan Fried Chicken
Grilled Cheese Wonton
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Dumplings

These items account for the restuarant earning its nickname - not the Greasy Spoon, but instead, the Greasy Chopstick. Eh, I guess If the shoe fits.
posted by Christie