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How far will you go for a free meal?

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  1. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Last night, wife and I went to the grand opening event of one of her client's, restaurant in Downtown (Bauer's, recommended!). The renovation was great, food was great, it was fockin' packed to the gills!

    We got a snack and some bubbles. She shook some hands, said her congrats and then we went and paid full price for dinner at another restaurant -- Oceanside, oustanding as always! -- a few blocks away.

    Apparently, I won't put up with "packed like sardines" for a free meal, but OMFG, the other guests were like fockin' piranas! Almost everyone there was wearing a suit that cost 2-10x as much as mine and it was like they'd never eaten before. They were elbowing each other and pushing.

    Are 'wealthy' people always this bad?

    What will you put up with for a free meal?
     

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  2. Kevin

    Kevin Turbo Monkey

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    If you have to do/endure anything to get your meal, is it still free?
     
  3. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Excellent question.
     
  4. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Times is hard in the ghetto.

    I'm with you on that, though. I have passed up free eats for comfort.
     
  5. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    One of my Bro-In-Laws has a restaurant in "midtown" Kansas City and he comps our meals/drinks/whatever. It's always a treat to go there so we don't have any problems eating there at all.

    I wouldn't put up with jostling and crap like you describe though.

    edit: It's about an hour drive for us. I did drive out to KC for free Chipotle one time as well. hmmmmm burritos....
     
  6. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    Rich white people from CO...*shudder*....they are almost as bad as rich white people from CA.
     
  7. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Is it cuz we're no longer young? Or not so old that this is the only event of the week?
    Nice!

    A steak house?
     
  8. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    KS has teh best BBQ. :drool:
     
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    Nothin compares to Freebirds, not even Chipotle
     
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    Depends on the meal.

    I've been known to go to great lengths for a free meal.

    There ISN'T a such thing as a free lunch, though.
     
  11. Potroast88

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    Yes, you are getting old. You will soon be standing in line for the Earlybird special at Furr's cafeteria at 4:30 in the afternoon.
     
  12. X3pilot

    X3pilot Texans fan - LOL

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    It ain't just rich people, brother! Ever go to Sam's/Costco/BJs, etc when they sample the food by the cooler section? You'd think that tiny bite of chicken nugget on a toothpick was free prime rib.

    Pimpin ain't easy...


    Any meal where I had to endure crowds and jostling and pretending I'm happy isn't free. At least to me, my time is valuable.
     
  13. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    It could be an age thing. I'd like to think otherwise, but it might be the fact I am getting old.

    I know at work we get donuts on Friday and there is this mad rush the second the email goes out that they have arrived. I like a good donut, but I always wait about 30 minutes so I don't have to fight the horde. I'm far from being an "old guy" in the office, so it might not be 100% age. It could just be a novelty to some people.

    An apple fritter counts as a serving of fruit, right?
     
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    I have a funny story about free donuts.
     
  15. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    ...all the way.
     
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    SPINTECK Turbo Monkey

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    It's a city mentality. My wife grew up in Philly and she's fine w/that crap. I'm a suburban/country hick who needs a fat table and free peanuts! Being simple has it's advantages:)
     
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    I went ~8000 miles for a free meal.

    Well, technically I paid for it, but I get reimbursed.

     
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    Sherpa Basking in fail.

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    Uhh try Memphis aka Memfrica
     
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    you're angling for the 'racist' custom title, aren't you?
     
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    You're now authorized to post in my food thread.
     
  22. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Beef curtains?
     
  23. Sherpa

    Sherpa Basking in fail.

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    Not really, thats what everyone from around here calls Memphis, especially people from there. They really do have the best BBQ.

    Anyone else been to Memphis in May? Great bands and BBQ
     
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    Memphis does have the best BBQ on the face of the planet.


    LO I probably would have been out the front door before you. I don't get the free food obsession people seem to have. At least in this case it was good food.
     
  25. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Now that is funny.
     
  26. Westy

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    I'd rather starve than deal with a scrum for free food.
     
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    i never heard Laura or TN refer to it in that manner.
     
  28. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    No you haven't. I don't think I've used Memfrica since high school. It is a popular nickname for the city though, he is correct.
     
  29. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    Not a steak house. The competition in KC for steak is pretty stiff. BBQ too. Really good places don't last long cause the established heavy hitters have immensely loyal followings. Of course every bubba with a 55 gallon drum thinks he serves up the best 'que in the world....

    My BIL's place is a kinda casual upscale with a lounge attached. Really eclectic menu. They have a chef, but no sous etc. Live Jazz a few nights a week. Local art up on the walls. Sales are right around $1.3mil. A new place that's a little bigger will put them over the top. They're working on that right now.
     
  30. BadDNA

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    That's all a matter of opinion I think. I happen to be a huge fan of pork BBQ with a NC style vinegar sauce. Don't get me wrong, I love a good brisket or beef ribs and tomato based sauces are good on them, but for me BBQ is all about the pork.
     
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    There is no argument there. You do realize that Memphis is only pork BBQ right? And dry rub is the only way to go.
     
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    BadDNA hophead

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    I'm aware, try telling that to somebody from Dallas or KC though. BBQ is a cult and everyone who cooks it thinks theirs is the best.
     
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    Psssshhhhh. Think is the operative word there. I've never tried BBQ in KC but Texas don't know **** about BBQ. And Milwaukee, well, Milwaukee BBQ joints should just be burned to the ground. Do you know that they don't even use smoke up here!!!!!! I work with a girl who has never had smoked ribs. She f'in boils them!!!!!!!!! The Deprivation! And I won't even get started on the "sauces". I think this summer I'm going to set up a rib stand on my street. Why? Because my ribs are the best.
     
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    BadDNA hophead

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    Boiling your food is NOT bbq! I wish people could understand that. You also can't cook bbq in a crock pot with liquid smoke.

    You've obviously never had mine. ;)

    :cheers:
     
  35. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    KC BBQ is all about the beef. Some pork too but most briskets, beef ribs and etc.

    Word about places out of their element trying to serve up BBQ. I have friend that lives upstate NY that swears that this place in Syracuse has the best BBQ ever. I just chuckle to myself and let him live in his dream world.

    Personally, I love it all. KC, Carolina, Georgia style (mmmmm) it's all tasty.
     
  36. loco-gringo

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    It's all in where you go. I can take you to several places within an hour of Austin that could change that thought pattern.


    I can take you 10 minutes from my house for the absolute best pork chop known to man.

    I'm not a super huge fan of brisket anymore though.
     
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    Dinosaur BBQ is great for NY, not great overall. Best BBQ I have ever had was actually in Maryland. Properly smoked pulled pork with a spicy vineger sauce. Not a fan of KC style BBQ, had some good stuff in Texas but I prefer pig over cow. California hands down has the worst BBQ.
     
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    Yeah, the broccoli keeps falling thru the grill. :p
     
  40. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I felt it was way over-rated. At least the one in Syracuse.