I remember the owner of the local country gift shop used to have coffee mugs for her regulars lined up on a shelf behind the register. Made it seem so warm and welcoming, even for us non-regulars, when visiting. For them, it is the being a part of something. For me, it is about a loyalty. I have chosen to come here repeatedly to spend my hard earned money on what you provide - from atmosphere and service to good food and drink. Must be why loyalty club cards are so popular.
Anyway, I am always quite comfortable at Mountain View, it is really nearby and as I've said before, they make the PERFECT COSMOPOLITAN. I use it as a benchmark for all others.
So, when recently asked by a friend if we could meet for lunch, and she gave me the choice between 2 places, I quickly chose Mountain View.
Here's what we had:
The Reuben with Sweet Potato Fries
When watching one's weight or calories or trying to eat healthier or whatever, nothing soothes the soul more than a meal that is just not "diet food." This looked and smelled absolutely amazing and my friend was happy.
Cobb Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing on the side
I wanted to order something equally bad, but I had gone from yoga class to Dunkin Donuts as it was so I went with the Cobb Salad - it's kind of bad, it has bacon.
Cobb salad always reminds me of the movie, "Julie & Julia." The scene begins with Julie Powell telling her husband, "Cobb salad lunch tomorrow. Ugh." She then meets 3 friends the next day for lunch and each orders their Cobb salad with different requests for removing 1 ingredient. For example, "Cobb salad no egg," or "Cobb salad no bacon." Um, maybe order something else? Loved the movie.
So, I was counting myself as a regular based on frequency of visits. Learning number of times at an establishment may not be all that defines a regular. My friend knew 3 of the employees and several of the customers - enough for casual conversation. I knew 1 of the employees relatively well, 1 by face recognition and used to know 1 customer through another friend. Hmmm. Seems I'm a "Sort of Regular" or some outer circle or something. Doesn't matter. The food was great and since it was lunch I had the unsweetened iced tea.
My conclusions: go have lunch with a friend at a nearby place and order the fries. You'll feel Fed Well.