Once upon a time, back when the Short Kid was still in a highchair, they built an Uno Chicago Grill at the far end of our town. We’ve found that when a franchise first opens, they send people in from outside the community to run it and they hire only the prettiest people, so it all felt very slick and too hip for us.
Fast forward a decade. The squeaky wheel gets the grease is a phrase that’s so very true in elementary schools but, at the end of the year, SK’s school takes the kids who didn’t squeak all year out to a special lunch. This year they went to Uno’s, where the kids got to tour the kitchen and make their own personal pizzas and be the recipients of a “free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree” coupons. After listening to him wax poetic about the place and nag about coupon, we returned to Uno’s for dinner.
Where I discovered a little piece of heaven called Deep Dish Macaroni and 3-Cheese. I wanted to marry that dish and I said so, out loud, during that dinner. The cheesiness! The butter crumb topping! My guys were also quite taken with the meals they ordered and the Short Kid requested that Uno’s be put on the dinner-out rotation. It’s a little pricier than our normal haunts, though, so I told him it would probably be a special treat now and then. And I told him if one of my books ever hit the New York Times list, we’d go back to Uno’s to celebrate so I could have that macaroni and cheese.
So my dinner out to celebrate Yours To Keep landing on both the NYT and the USA Today lists? Macaroni and cheese! (I also had a glass of wine, though, just to fancy it up a bit.)
What’s your go-to meal for celebrating? A steak on the grill? A fancy restaurant? Or is it all about the dessert? (We were too full for dessert, though we might have gone for it if they’d had cheesecake.)