Since March, dining out for Kathy and me consisted of Chinese or Italian take out. I simply called in our order, went to the restaurant when the food was ready, stood at the outside pick up window or went inside, paid, and picked up our order, took it home, and ate. My contact time with anyone in the restaurant was usually less than a minute.
On other occasions when we felt like really dining out we would go to Burger King, place our order, pay at the window, and pick up our food. To make it a true dining out experience I would then pull the under a tree in their parking lot. We rolled down the windows, sat in the car, and enjoyed our meal.
Last Thursday that changed. I had to go to the PASR office in Mechanicsburg to pick up an award I am giving to one of our members. We also had a few other things to do. When we were done I was hungry. There is a Mexican restaurant in Harrisburg that we like so we decided to go there.
We had options. We could call for take out. However, the food would be cold too we got home and I really didn’t relish eating Mexican in the car. We could sit at one of their outside tables but that didn’t appeal to me. Or we could not for indoor dining. We sat in the car and discussed the options. We thought we would take our chances and go for indoor dining.
Donning our masks we went inside. It wasn’t late so the restaurant wasn’t crowded. The host, wearing a mask, took us to a booth. Some booths were “Xed” out so they wouldn’t be used.
Our waiter, wearing a madk, brought us our chips and salsa and then took our order. When the waiter left we removed it masks and dug into the chips and salsa.
When our food was ready, a server, wearing a mask, brought it out and placed it in front of us. We ate. Their food is always good but that day it tasted exceptionally delicious.
After finishing our meal, we put our masks back on, paid our bill, and left.
It really felt good finally having a meal out.