I stopped at the Texas Roadhouse on my way back to Chicago. This was my second visit. Upon entering a gaggle of high school/college girls greeted me cheerily at the door. As I was walked to my seat, the hostess chatted me up with questions like, "Do you come here often?" and "Isn't the weather beautiful" and "How is your day today?" with feigned enthusiasm. As I sat in my booth, I watched and listened as the hostesses practiced the same plastic greeting to everyone who entered.
Immediately upon being seated, I was given a bucket of peanuts and a basket of rolls (the kind you buy frozen and bake) and sweet butter. I had the half slab of ribs, which were fall off the bone tender, buttered corn (which I expected would be on the cob but was basically dressed up canned corn) and the mashed potatoes and gravy. The food was good. But I find people trying so hard to seem happy somehow phony and annoying. Maybe other people like that kind of thing in servers but it detracted from my experience.
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