Strange But Good~Restaurant Version

One of the most interesting things about writing a blog is reading other people’s’ blogs.  By doing that, I think I’ve found a lot of kindred spirits with several of my obsessions…Books/Reading…Photography…FOOD!!

Fridays have now become Strange But Good days.  Every time I type that I have to check back to be sure I haven’t typed “strange but true.”  I don’t know why but that keeps coming to mind.  I must be watching too many episodes of Ancient Aliens! 😉

So why not join everyone who is playing along with Strange But Good over at Sprint 2 The Table, hostessed by the lovely Laura.  This link up is starting to rev up and everyone loves to hear your comments, so be sure to stop by.

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This is not what I intended to write about for Strange But Good.  However due to certain circumstances, Ralph and I found ourselves at one of our favorite diners yesterday, The Meadows in Blackwood.

We’ve eaten at the Meadows a number of times and I’ve almost always eaten the same thing.  They offer a dish called the Athenia Burger.  It’s listed on the menu under “weight watchers.”  Lower case letters I suppose so they can’t be called on the carpet for copyright infringement (Weight Watchers is picky about that!)

The Athenia Burger consists of a small Greek salad side by side with a “burger.”  I know their intention was for it to be a hamburger.  My first time there, after noticing that they offered a veggie burger, I asked if the veggie burger could be substituted and the answer was “yes.”



When I’ve told people about it, they’ve thought I was crazy.  It’s not That strange, but some people can’t seem to think creatively! 😉  In fact several times when I’ve ordered it, a waitress will say, “You want the What??”  I get the feeling it’s not ordered very often.

It’s tasty and filling…two of my requirements.  In truth, yesterday’s veggie burger was a little overcooked but still tasty.  I’m still trying to find out where they get these burgers.  I initially thought they were fresh made and asked if I could get the recipe.  Then a waitress told me they were packaged and I asked if she could find out the brand for me.  The answer I received after she checked is that the chef will not give out that information.  Ok…a “secret” veggie burger.

Rarely one to leave well enough alone, I now have a friend who works there.  I’m going to put her on a mission.  Her husband is a former police detective who worked with Ralph so she’s pretty crafty. If anyone can find out for me she can.  I’m going to get her to find out where they get these burgers.  No kidding, they’re that good.

I’ll let you all know how I do.  It may require some undercover work on my part.  Wait…Me as a waitress…No, you wouldn’t want that! 😉

Remember to stop over at Sprint 2 The Table to enjoy some more Strange But Good foods.

Happy Friday!

16 responses to “Strange But Good~Restaurant Version

  1. haha, i love the “undercover burger” story, fran – that is fun that you now have an inside source to find out the secret behind the burger!! (i hope it is not because it is out of a package and they don’t want to tell you that!!). and yes, sadly it is true – some people cannot think creatively! we are not in that boat – haha! happy friday!

  2. hi Fran! hee hee, I am visiting from Laura’s strange but good, and my first read here was a fun one – I love that you are going on a mission to find this burger – I was going to suggest you just keep asking different people each time you visit, but having an Inside Source is definitely better! 😉

    I often get the same response when I sub the veggie burger at restaurants – yes, they offer it, but at many places I don’t think they’re used to having them ordered!

    cheers, happy Friday!

    • Hi Kristina! Thanks for stopping by! It is a little tricky eating veggie at restaurants. You really have to read those menus to find things some times! When I ask questions about things sometimes, I get the Strangest looks! Please visit again!

  3. Haha, can’t give out the info for what premade, frozen, accessible-to-everyone burger they use? Come now! I totally understand not sharing a restaurant recipe, but really, if they aren’t making it, they don’t “own” it.

  4. Fran-you need to dig deep on this one. Call Scotland Yard if necessary. It’s a packaged veggie burger so I can’t understand why they won’t share the info, unless there is something sinister about this veggie patty. Good or not, I’m suspicious now.

  5. Thank you so much for the kind words! It always suprises me when people don’t think to customize menu options. I’m all over that! 🙂

    Have you ever had a Dr. Praegers veggie burger? It looks like one of those to me!

  6. I was just thinking that it looks like a Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burger too.

  7. Hope you get that veggie burger info!!

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