Sunday, November 29, 2009

Steve McQueen, Subway and Si Senor Restaurant

Adventures at Subway

I recently stopped in at a local Subway sandwich shop for lunch. I've been a Subway fan for years. Where else can a guy get a tasty halfway healthy lunch for three bucks? Nowhere, that's where. The shop was empty. A somber middle aged woman was beyond the counter to not greet me.

"Hello." I said.

She said absolutely nothing. As a matter of fact, she pretty much gave me the stink eye. I could have walked out - but I was hungry.

I ordered a meatball sandwich on Italian herbs and cheese bread.

She opened her mouth to ask, "Toasted?"

"Please." I responded.

Removing the sandwich from the oven, she complied with my request to add lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, banana peppers, jalapenos, Chipolte Southwest sauce and light Parmesan cheese.

"Meal deal?" she asked, looking at me as if I had a swastica carved into my forehead.

"Just the sandwich."

"Two thirty-nine." she said.

I handed her three dollars and she dropped the change into my hand.

Another customer appeared behind me.

"Can I help you?" she said looking right through me.

I didn't get a can I help you.

"Hold on a minute." I said.

The woman looked at me, stink eye on maximum.

"Who owns this place?" I asked.

"I do."

"And you don't see fit to say thank you when a customer frequents your place?"

Nothing but major leaue stink eye.

"I tell you what, I'm never coming back here."

She smailed and said,"Thank you."

Is it just me?

Si Senor Restaurant

Si Senor is a quaint little Mexican joint in Chandler, Arizona where people never give anyone the stink eye. My wife, daughter and nephew work at this bastion of New Mexico style gastronomic ecstasy. My three yougest girls and I eat there every week.

The owner says it’s the habañero chili peppers that make the food so exceptional. An interesting side effect of the super chilis is beads of sweat cascading down my temples. With women, their noses seem to run. It's quirky cool to watch men dabbing their napkins to their brows and woman daintily wiping their noses with expressions of pure, brainless culinary bliss.

Meals come with chips and four salsas, the best of which, and the hottest, is the white. I’m due for a heavenly stuffed shredded beef sopapilla – in about an hour.

It’s good to have some thing to look forward to, something spectacular.

And no stink eyes.


quillfeather said...

As they say, trust the devil you know rather than the devil you don't.

I'm with you on rudeness. I would have walked out never to return too. There is simply no room nor excuse for it. Especially in this economic climate where business is tough.

Good post. The food looked delicious :)

#167 Dad said...

Thanks for having my back, quillfeather.

Rick Rivers said...

Yeah, get that kind of rudeness all the time. Had a great chorizo and eggs this morning after church at a local "Taco Fiesta" owne by Mexicans. The classic jalapeno served me well, but its was nowhere as hot as the ones I can.

Paul Greci said...

Steve McQueen. Last week I watched Bullitt for the first time. Great car chase.

Hearing your subway storyt made me lose my appetite.

But Si Senor--that brought my hunger back full on. Time for dinner!

Cate P said...

You made me cringe at the stink eye lady and her rudeness, my mouth water at your mexican restaurant and at Steve...well, swoon.

Guely of Sweden said...

Well, she didn't know the worldwide ramifications of her rude stinky eye act. Can she possibly imagine that someone in cold old Sweden is at this moment commenting it on the internet? No, señor!
And yes, a nice service is almost as important as the taste of the food. Nice people is harder to get then nice food. Si, señor!

Clif said...

Now that was a well written story. Nicely done!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Habanaros. Brave man. And Stink Eye- haven't heard that in a long while.
I guess she was having a really, really bad day.

Sproglet said...

'Stink eye' lol! Love it

Now.....are you sure you remembered to put your pants on that morning?

It's the only explanation as far as I can tell

italgalmm said...

People like that Subway gal need a nice big Habanaro up the ying yang...

You know.. to help kill the bug stuck there.

Just Saying..

Great story.
; )

Susan R. Mills said...

I can't stand rude people. I would have walked out too. I bet there's another Subway you can start going to.

#167 Dad said...

Chorizo and eggs - my mouth is watering.
Clssic jalapeno?

Bullit is one of my all time favorites - greatest car chase ever...

Thanks for the support.

#167 Dad said...


I don't hear stink eye very often but I seem to get a lot of 'em...

I did leave the part about my missing pants out. Is it relevant?

#167 Dad said...

you crack me up.

You're right. I already fornd my new Subway.

Bluesfrau said...

Lol... well, you'd have trouble in Germany... (I've to use this chance to slag off my country!!). In Germany it is customary to give people the stink eye. I usually call this country "ellbow mentality country".
But I guess each country has their pluses and minuses... so yea, the USA definitely get a plus from me for their general non-stinkeyeness.

So what did you do? Did you steel apples again at night in strangers' gardens? XD
Maybe she had a profile neurosis - meaning, you reminded her of someone she cannot stand (and if just for being a man...). You see, she is the one who has a problem there. So don't be too hard-hearted on her. ;-)

Bluesfrau said...

Btw, those tacitos look yummie! Yum yum!!

#167 Dad said...

That's it. She was a man hater!I didn't know Germany had a stink eye problem...

kavita said...

Rude people are every where....good that you found a new subway.I must say that in my visits i have found the people of your country very friendly and helpful .In fact me and my husband used to joke about changing our jogging time as whoever we passed through while jogging would always say a HI to us and it was difficult to keep up...WE HAD A VERY GREAT TIME IN YOUR COUNTRY,i am glad that stink eye never crossed our ways.

Bluesfrau said...

I met less rude people in the USA than in Germany - but then, I've only spent 2 years of my life in the USA and 28 years of my life in Germany (now you know how old I am, ekk). So maybe if I had lived longer in the USA (from 21 to 23), I would have met more stinky eyes!!

#167 Dad said...

Kavita and Blues,
So much for all of that ugly American business.