Since yesterday was the first Friday of Lent, John and I decided to go out for a Fish Fry. The Friday Fish Fry is a very, very popular Lenten staple in Rochester. Beer-battered and fried golden and crispy, it is delicious. We like to try different restaurants. Sometimes we get a really great fish fry, sometimes not so great. Last night we decided to try a restaurant my friend, Karen, had told me about. Everyone in our family wanted in on the meal. It was late by the time we left the house and everyone was so hungry. Hunger, in our family, often leads to crabbiness, so we knew that the sooner we found the restaurant the better.
Unfortunately, I did not know the name of the restaurant. All I knew was that it was a diner and its general location. When she told me about the restaurant, it sounded easy to find, so we drove to find it. We did not see it on our first pass through the area where it was supposed to be. Or on the second try. By the third time down the road, we were all a bit testy. John found it difficult to believe that I didn’t know the name or address of the restaurant. Complaints about being hungry were growing louder. Finally, Sam saved the day. As we drove by one restaurant, he announced that his girlfriend, Julie, had once applied there and that the people there were nice. That was all we needed. We did a quick u-turn and pulled into the parking lot.
The restaurant where we ended up may or may not have been the one Karen told me about. Four of us ordered the Fish Fry and it was delicious. Emily (our vegetarian) ordered Fettucini Alfredo and it looked and smelled wonderful. As we settled in with our food, we started telling stories. Somehow, the stories just got funnier and funnier. We all laughed and laughed. Emily was laughing so hard that she said her stomach hurt. I laughed so hard that tears were streaming down my face.
To say we had a great time would be an understatement. That meal was one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. It is unusual for all five of us to be together for dinner on Friday night and that made this Friday Fish Fry extra special. Good food plus great company plus laughter added up to an evening we will all remember.