Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Prices You Pay For Eating In A "Civilized" Restaurant: A Nevin Barich Blog Experience

My dad and I have different tastes when it comes to food. He likes fancy cuisine, while I'm a grease monkey. He likes to "dine," while I eat on the run.

Well recently, while meeting up for lunch, he insisted we go to a place that was more to his taste. So I met him near his neck of the woods at Pacific Dining Car in L.A.'s Westside, a "fine-dining establishment that has withstood the test of time," according to my dad.

The Pacific Dining Car, the elder Barich says, offers a fine-dining experience unlike any other. It's ambience offers calm and reflection, its furniture is distinguished and the finest in comfort, its service is impeccable, the silverware is spotless, and it's one of the last places in the nation that offer afternoon tea.

"In short," Bob Barich says, "it's a civilized place for civilized people."

Riiiight. And here are some of their "civilized" prices:

---Two scrambled eggs: $13.95

(If you want just one egg, subtract 95 cents.)

---Cheeseburger: $20.95

---Chinese Chicken Salad: $28.95

("For that price, the salad better be served by hot Asian geishas in thin silked robes," I told my dad.)

---Steak Salad: $31.95

---Rib-Eye Steak: $43.95

("Is the steak at least sprinkled with solid gold flakes?" I asked.)

And finally, if you actually wanted afternoon tea...

"$19.95!?!" I exclaimed to my dad.

He sighed.

"Nevin, they give you your choice of tea," he said. "Remember: it's civilized."

Personally, if that's considered civilized, I'd rather walk into Carls Jr., pay $1.99 for a famous star, and have a beer bottle smashed over my head on the way out.

But that's just me.

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