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Old 03-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #61
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ANY "restaurant" on a cruise ship.

Blechhh.......!!!!!!!!! Glop.

Completely disagree. We were on Oceania's Riveria and the "special" restaurants were superb. The main restaurant was more than adequate and even the outdoor grill was good.

I think it might depend on the cruise line.

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Old 03-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by Grainiac View Post
To me it seems that mentioning any US restaurant here just proves you are really spoiled. I had several experiences with the late soviet era Russian and Polish railway station restaurants in early 80's and the culinary experiences were "remarkable". The items on the plate were named such as mashed potatoes, dumplings, ground meat burger, etc., but did not have any recognizable appearance, texture or flavor to resemble the name. However, the food was served piping hot so presumably safe, and cost less than $0.05 per plate so I emptied my plates just as you can expect a 19 year old backpacker would.
Ah well I was in the Soviet Union in 1989 and then Russia, Ukraine in 1992.
But I don't think the calorie distribution facilities on the first trip would qualify as restaurants by any reasonable definition of the term.

Now by 1992, some of the new private places were actually edible, with a tasty dish or two, although a far cry from good.

Honestly I had completely blocked the food part of my Russian trip, which I still remember fondly, from my memory. But your description is pretty much spot on, now never speak of it again

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Old 03-15-2013, 07:38 PM   #63
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Reading some of these sparked a memory of a Waffle House in Vicksburg, MS, almost 30 years ago. I was sitting at the counter late one night when the waitress who was wiping the counter spotted a cockroach, swatted it with the rag she was using then continued to wipe as if nothing was out of the ordinary.

I've only had food poisoning twice. Each time was a (different) redneck barbecue place in BF Georgia. Never again, no matter how good other folks tell me it is.

For another side of the story check out Not sure when the last time was that site was updated but it still gives me a chuckle, even though I never waited tables. (Today's ad there says, "Borrow from IRA/401k- Buy Real Estate & More- Checkbook Control" so I guess it's on-topic.)
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In my first post on this subject I should have mentioned why the restaurant was shut down. One day the patrons started hearing terrible noises from the kitchen. It was discovered that the owner was slaughtering rabbits to prepare rabbit stew for the next day's menu.

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