We met the greatest-girl-on-earth last night for dinner. Marissa and Jake drove more than an hour in rush hour traffic to meet Leslie and me at Souplantation.
Souplantation is all-you-can-eat salad and other stuff restaurant. They often distribute coupons via email or the Sunday newspaper. More than likely, you can find dinner for less than $15, including a beverage!
I have a bit of a routine when I go there. Bypass all the prepared salads (wonton happiness is a favorite!) and plain greens choices because I want to be sure to make it home before I have to quickly visit the bathroom. Salad + my stomach = not a good thing.
A lady in the Dunkin’ Donuts line asked if they had “anything light, like a small side salad,” and the person at the register said they could give her a bowl of munchkins.
I go for the plain veggies and plain pasta salad and use balsamic vinegar as my dressing. You’re thinking: “Sounds healthy! Keep it going!” No, because then I see the pasta salad with tuna and the pasta salad with seafood and I grab more of that mayo-soaked goodness. I still haven’t fully loaded my plate, so I don’t feel too bad. And then I visit the bread, pasta and soup (the chicken noodle is the best!) to fill up my tray with more calories, er, I mean food.
We all meet up at our table and Marissa’s tray has two large plates filled to the brim with salads. All good stuff with little paper cups of dressing. Plus mac ‘n cheese, plus more and more. She had to bring the tray to the table and then go back for soup and drink and bread.
So, did we get our money’s worth? I probably got $15 worth of food. Marissa got $30 worth of salads and goodies, and I guess it all works out for the restaurant in the end, doesn’t it?