As a single man in my twenties, I love going out to restaurants. I like trying new, local restaurants and establish myself as a regular at my favorites. When I moved out of my parents’ house, I found out about this restaurant in a nearby town I ate there for the first time in 2017 with one of my friends. It’s a family-friendly environment and the food is out of this world. Their “Old Forge-style” pizza is just as good as the pizza from the world’s pizza capital. I love their Mexican cuisine, too. They also make an excellent vodka sauce.
I kept returning, because I had the best restaurant experience every time.
There was never a time I would feel the need to tip any server or bartender less than 15%. My visits became a tradition; I would go to this restaurant every Thursday and Saturday night, and the occasional Friday night, too. The staff there began to know me by name. I would walk in and they would all say, “Hey, Louis!” Other regulars call me by name too. I have become close with the restaurant’s owners and through the restaurant, have even met families I’ve connected with. Every staff member there knows I am a published writer, public speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities, and they admire me for it.
This restaurant has even inspired me to start singing karaoke. When I sing there, everyone cheers, “You kill it at karaoke!” I would definitely take any friend or family member to this restaurant. Nobody I’ve taken there has complained about the food or the service.
When friends have seen how much everyone at that restaurant likes me, they’ve commented, “You’re like the mayor in here.”
It’s an amazing feeling not only for my friends to say that about me, but also for that restaurant staff to see me as family. One of the staff members even commented, “I would treat you like my own son.”
I “work” there, even though I don’t actually have a job at the restaurant. That can be a funny statement, but depending on how you look at it, it can be true, too. I absolutely love being a patron of this establishment and don’t want that to change, but I’d consider working there someday just because I love the staff and owners so much.
Thank you, my favorite restaurant, for making me feel so wonderful about myself and for treating me like family. I want to thank them for serving some of the best food I’ve eaten in my entire life. I’ll continue to forge memories there by myself, with friends, and my family!