Wayside Inn October 2014
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 Hills 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 restaurant.
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
decadeinexpensive, casual, home-made meals, with a
mix of burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides, and entrées.
We forewent desserts because of a special offer (details later).
The drink ordera 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 the evening.
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 Februarys write-up. (http://www.dteator.com/restaurants/zWayside.htm)
The evenings 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
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