As it had achieved mediocrity on our last visit, we decided to have dinner at Independence Hall again. Our visiting HQ dude, De, was enthused as he had really enjoyed IH during an earlier dinner, providing further evidence that too much time in meeting rooms and offices can dull one’s palette and making me question our choice of DFAC. Oddly, R, another visitor from beyond does not seem to have been similarly affected by this corporate head office affliction. T happily endorsed going to IH because there he “can get a decent salad. The lettuce isn’t all white and wilted like the Monti…” Yeah, T we know. You’re fussy about your lettuce. Give it a rest dude.
This particular DFAC is probably the loudest one out there. You can barely hear yourself gag.
Both De and I went for the breaded pork chop. I, realizing that it may be less than good,supplemented my protein with chicken wings and a cold kebab from the salad bar. I also had fries, fried (or at least brown) rice and a few veg.
The pork chop was kinda disgusting. The breading was soggy and the meat dry. De proclaimed “That pork chop is OK!” I nodded solemnly.
T had a nice healthy salad with a kebab and potato chips on the side. His lettuce looked mah-velous. He generously shared his potato chips with all of us at the table. They tasted a little off (stale, poisoned…I don’t know) to me so I ate only one. T thought they were fine but De agreed that there was something not quite right about them. This did not, of course, prevent him from scarfing down several handfuls.
I was quite excited as I approached the dessert table and saw the sign for Assorted Pies. I like pie; who doesn’t? I mean besides terrorists and communists…they hate all good things. Imagine my confusion and chagrin when I realized that even after 48 years I don’t know the meaning of the word “assorted”. Beneath the sign, there were indeed several pies to choose from; a total of 8 I believe.
They were, however, all cherry pies. It was, as usual, “store-boughten” good so I guess I shouldn’t complain. But I do.
Independence Hall remains an adequate place to get reliably mediocre American style food. And that is not an exaggeration.