Scott Hodge


Postmodern Grilling Experience in Peoria

May 18, 2005

The more I think about this, the weirder it seems. 

A friend and I went to a place for dinner here in Peoria where you actually grill your own steak.  (You also grill your own baked potato and texas toast.

Now, I don’t mean to sound like Jerry Seinfeld here but……what is this?  You go to a restaurant and actually pay money to cook your own food.  Huh? 

On the other hand, it was somewhat of a "postmodern" experience because it was highly interactive – especially when I forgot about my toast on the grill and it caught fire and the grill "overseer" guy had to pour water on it. 

For real, it was a nice time and even a bit fun.  But now I have to go so that I can change my clothes.  They smell like I’ve been working at Outback.

Speaking of food…  Kottke has a great post on how to order food in a restaurant.


8 Responses to “Postmodern Grilling Experience in Peoria”

  1. Rachel says:

    You know I felt the same way when I recently had my first experience with The Melting Pot. I was like $125 for 2-3 minute intervals before I can put another piece of meat in my mouth. And, we got off cheap!

  2. Bill says:

    I don’t get it. I went to one of those places awhile back. They also Charged an extra $1-2 dollars if they were to cook it!
    Let me get this straight..I am going to pay $15 for a T-Bone raw, and then I have to slave over a hot grill and cook it. Were is the fun in that?? If I wanted that I would go to Alberston’s buy a T-Bone for $8 and grill it myself and home.

  3. Betsy says:

    Amen. Restaurants are for SOMEONE else doing all the work. I see the plus for them… what’s the advantage for you?

  4. Chris says:

    There’s a joint like that in Plymouth MN – Howie G’s. Great steaks! When asked if I wanted to grill my own steak, I told the server, “For what I’m paying, YOU can cook it!” :)

  5. David says:

    I just don’t understand that. It just doesn’t make sense to me. The whole reason to go out is to not have to cook.
    It’s like the check yourself out lines at the grocery store. Why don’t I get a discount since I have to ring myself up at those. Half the time I wait in line to use those too so why not go wait in line and have someone else do the work for you. Just doesn’t make sense to me.

  6. Brian says:

    Then again, if you want to grill out with some friends… I mean because sometimes its fun to just hang with your friends and grill out. You get your steak cooked how you want it… BUT there’s no mess to clean up, you don’t have to clean the bathrooms or mop the kitchen floor because friends are coming over, Then you don’t have to clean the bathroom and mop the kitchen floor because friends came over, there’s no dishes to wash, no trash to take out…
    You get the fun of cooking and eating with friends without any of the clean up

  7. Brian says:

    What happens if YOU burn the restaurant down while grilling YOUR steak? HMMM.

  8. Abe says:

    I can totally relate I took my wife to the Melting Pot for her birthday and we cooked our entire meal and spent $125 for dinner for two?

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