Those few of you who read this blog know I have a nasty habit of periodically checking out the dirty laundry on Mannington Topix. I just read an item about the old stock sale down where the Shop and Slop is now and about the food kiosk that was there. Here is a quote "and every Saturday they had a meal special...always home cooked." The other day I read on Facebook's Mannington page about Hero's Cafe and their home cooked meals. It occurs to me that every small, local restaurant advertises 'home cooked meals'. I would hope that you readers might think this is nit picking but unless you live in the restaurant or cook at home and bring it to the restaurant to sell it ain't home cooked. Now I grant you it might be just like home cooked, you cooked it the same way (which you don't) and you served it the same way (which you don't) as you do at home but that's just exactly what they should advertise. I've never been in a restaurant in my entire life that served meals like I was served at home. My family owned/operated a restaurant as I was growing up and while there were certain occasions where occasionally leftovers were taken home (seldom might be a better word to use), it was never, ever, not once in my ken, the opposite. My home meals and our restaurant meals were completely different. I'm not really understanding what's so great about the "home cooking" that restaurants believe is a selling point. If I wanted home cooking why would I go out to a restaurant? Because I'm lazy and want someone else to cook the same dull boring food that I fix for myself. Home cooked bah...why pay triple for dull food in a sterile space that smells of old cooking oil with all the charm of a grade school cafeteria, when you can sit watching TV in your pjs, eating the same food at a third the cost, and that you had the satisfaction of creating in your own kitchen.
This isn't to denigrate "Hero's Cafe", not at all. It's a swell eatery. They have a surveyor's mark on the outside wall if you would care to notice. I've eaten there several times and the food has always been great, the service adequate. Their meat loaf is just as tasty as my home cooked meat loaf, and their turkey and dressing is every bit as good as my home cooked turkey and dressing. And the price wasn't that hard on the wallet. For a "just like home cooked meal" they can't be beat.
I've made a mess of this post, and I apologize. It's a small symantic point, and I've wasted way too many words on it and in recompense I give you this......Home Cooked Meal