It didn't take us long to decide: Word of Mouth!
"What/where do we really feel like eating?"
and more specifically:
"If we have to wait in a long line before eating,
what/whose food are we willing to wait for?"
As we drove up, the 3 or 4 people standing outside in the light drizzle and the number of heads we saw through the window told us the waiting area was full. My wife jumped out to get our name on the list, while I hunkered down for the block-circling exercise it usually takes to find parking -- especially when the waiting room is already full. Imagine my suprise and delight when I looked and there was a space open in the WoM parking lot!. An Easter miracle! =)
Knowing the waiting room was full, and not seeing my wife on the steps outside, I figured she was still inside playing sardines while waiting to put our name in. After a few minutes I looked inside and didn't see her. Assuming she was using the ladies' room, I took the one available seat on the bench and started to read the most important part of any Sunday paper: the comics! I was half-way through Hi & Lois when my wife popped her head around the corner and, grinning widely, beckoned me to follow her. She'd experienced her own Easter Miracle and had been seated at the bar right away -- and had been waiting for me, assuming I was still out parking the car somewhere!
Once we got it all figured out, it was smooth sailing. As usual, the serving staff were perky, friendly, & efficient. We had our coffee in a jiffy. I'd asked for decaf and it tasted like a fresh pot! Yum!
It wasn't long before we knew what we wanted, and we enoyed the hubbub while waiting a short time for our huge plates of food. Creme Brulee French Toast for her...
~ Keith aka CanOpenerBoy
post Earth-Day tip
Regarding portion sizes: In truth, Word of Mouth is not the only restaurant serving large portions. In fact, since most restaurants serve portions that are larger than we need for one meal, we are in the habit of carrying our own plastic containers. That way we don't have to deal with polystyrene or waxed-cardboard, neither of which are recyclable at the curb. For those who don't want to lug plastic around in their car, or forget to -- extra-special kudos to Word of Mouth for being one of the few (hopefully trend-setting) restaurants in Salem that uses pressed-paper biodegradable containers for leftovers -- which can go directly in the green yard-waste/mixed-compost curbside recycling bin!