Expediency and anticipation comprised the evening.
Expediency, because a Tuesday evening became a once-in-143-dinners
event, a work night for the remaining real-worlder (singlular), begging
for a close-to-home pick, at Oak Hill’s Wayside Inn, the site of our
pick eight months earlier, although the Lane namesake of the February
visit has now disappeared.
Anticipation (by far the larger of the two elements), because, for
the first time in a year, our honorary, ex officio, par excellence,
top-clearance subs were back! With Tim and Judy back,
it felt like old times, with a comfort level that re-assumes itself no
matter the length of absence. More of this later. For now, focus on the
Even though Wayside Inn briefly closed and has
changed hands since our last visit (different chef; same owners, we
believe), it is, for practical purposes, the Wayside of our last visit and
of the last decade—inexpensive, casual, home-made meals, with a mix of
burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides, and entrées.
Food choices, this evening, included:
==> Pot roast – three chunks of slow
cooked, bottom round, savory brown gravy, mashed potatoes, and
string-bean/carrot-slice vegetable (Kriss, Ken & Tim: all very good;
classic comfort food, large portion; all three sent back to be warmed)
==> Vegetable lasagna – layers of pasta,
vegetables, cheese-baked with mozzarella topping (Judy, Deb K: not warm,
not much vegetable, thin layers, disappointing, especially for those who
remember the fresh-from-the-hot-oven bowls)
==> Broiled salmon filet, choice of
starch, vegetable of evening (Don: very good; piping hot, moist, light
& enjoyable butter-lemon sauce)
==> Wayside salad with chicken – salad
greens, grape tomatoes, red onion slices, cheddar cheese, walnuts, dried
cranberries (Deb T: more comfort food for her, worthy enough)
==> Hot Buffalo wings, blue cheese &
celery (Chay: good enough, spice-hot enough to be pleasant)
Six of the eight meals came with the Wayside side salad – a
five-inch bowl of greens, a few cherry tomatoes, and onion slices. Good
enough, with the choices of dressings. The non-partakers were Deb T, who
was getting the larger salad as an entrée, and Chay, who ordered the
chicken-rice soup special, a large cup of a comfortable thick-sauce soup.
We forewent desserts
because of a special offer (details later).
The drink order—a
non-typical typical order, especially at Wayside. Ken and Tim ordered
glasses of the house Cabernet Sauvignon; Chay and Don ordered pints of tap
beer; the other four stayed with soda and water.
Service was very good.
Pacing, delivery, attentiveness were on the mark, making a smooth flow of
Our seating in the side space just large enough for
eight, with Chay and Ken on the ends. Tuesday evening was somewhat quiet,
thus ensuring a round-the-dinner-table feel, with the only noise in the
restaurant echoing from the table of eight. Other
Wayside details can be read in February’s write-up. (http://www.dteator.com/restaurants/zWayside.htm)
The evening’s bill came to $40 per couple,
including all expenses, a record low for DP8 over twelve years. Of course,
no dessert and minimal alcohol influenced that.
The stars of the evening, at the Teator house
pre-session, were Tim and Judy whose DC address precludes regular DP8
attendance. And we caught up on news and goings-on with a vengeance. It
was homecoming, with the warmth of long-time friends re-united.
Well, this came after the pre-session set-up: a bottle of Prosecco
(Judy influence), a bottle of Mondavi Cabernet, bottles of Lake Placid
IPA, and white zin (Kriss, of course). Nibble-stuff included: small pieces
of pizza; dark chocolate covered raisins; bowls of broccoli-baby
carrots-celery, tomato salsa, corn salsa, hummus; baskets of corn chips,
crackers, and bread slices; containers of guacamole and spinach dip.
The non-order of dessert at Wayside was caused by the
invite-back-to-the-house for dessert and talk. Two of our favorites—Hartmann’s
chocolate cream cake as well as a Charlene Hull banana cream pie (another
Judy influence)—were the centerpieces. Don had bought half-bottles of
Frangelico and white Sambuca for the two usual connoisseurs.
Topics ranged the usual gamut but, as might be
expected, a long span centered on the Adamses: RV winter travel, RV summer
travel, coming winter plans, fate of RV, grandkids, pictures of grandkids,
health, DC goings-on, more grandkids, Noel & Mari, NYC trip, finding
replacements for doctors and dentists, and a ton more to fill in the major
chunks, even though we are in contact enough to know most of the stuff.
Other topics: DP8 events, Karnes trip north and west a few weeks
ago, real world work, wonder of retirement for the new guy, cleaning guns,
cleaning a real gun, Ken’s car show results, the Teator cruise, Cape
Cod, the doings of the other eight subs, underwear modeling, stresses of
work, parents’ health, high cost of dentistry, Kalli, Christmas plans,
Thanksgiving plans, C-D news, classic autumn weather, golfing, Deb K’s
running, Nate’s house DIY and boating, status of the Monteverd
generation 2, parents’ health, and more.