Note: Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude is a weekly feature about food, food and more FOOD. No, I do not necessarily want to be a food blogger, but I do LOVE to talk about food prep, cooking food, eating food and making sweet love to food.
Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. After all, this is not meant to be an homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.
This is going to be a quickie Cheater Post. The Team of Chaos is out of school today and we are heading to Crown Center -- I am going to pick up my packet for the Waddell and Reed 5k, then we are going to check out the Hallmark's Vistor Center.
After we grab some grub at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, of course.
Fritz's is a bit of a Kansas City institution. In the mid-1960s, Fritz invented (and patented) a food delivery system whereby the food is delivered directly to the table via a car and track system located above the tables. The food stops at the designated table, then is slowly lowered down to the table. You give your order directly to the kitchen using a phone at the table while servers handle the drinks. While Fritz initially resisted the "train theme", eventually he gave in and the rest is history.
I love going to Fritz's and as you would guess, so do the kids. But here's the thing: their food is not all that great. It's not bad, per se, but I would never purposefully go there for eating. But man, that thrill of the CLUNK! when the metal arm slams down and you know your food is about to make its slow descent??
Folks, Pavlov was not just a man with a dog and bell.
This leads me to wonder -- what other restaurants do I go to for the entertainment value, rather than the food?? Immediately, I thought of two: The Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere in Las Vegas and the T-Rex restaurant.
I love, love The Top of the World restaurant. It is situated 884 feet in the air, sits on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard and revolves (I seem to remember it completes a revolution every 45 minutes) The views are stunning and I always try to get our reservations just before the sun is setting. Watching the sun set behind Red Rock Canyon while the Boulevard comes to life to the south and Fremont Street to the north cranks on their lights never ceases to amaze me. Don't get me wrong -- the food is actually very good, but it is extremely expensive for what you get. Truly, you are paying for that gorgeous view.
The T-Rex restaurant is another one that grabs me by the pocketbook. Holy Zeus! Their food is outrageously priced and frankly, just plain sucks. However, the view of my kids' bright, gemstone eyes?
Yeah, you know the rest.
What say you, Gentle Reader? Any restaurants that lure you in using bait other than food?