For Mother's Day we went to dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill.
We had a fantastic, super-nice server, Jarod.
Jarod is the type of server who asks if you want the Meditteranean olives with your bread, and you find yourself happily ordering them even though you'd have never thought of it yourself. (They were yummy!)
Jarod is also a sci-fi geek. (And you all should know by now, "geek" is a compliment around these parts.) Despite the hustle and bustle of the Mother's Day crowd, Jarod still managed to find a couple of minutes to chat with us about science fiction. The Engineer and I loved meeting someone who wasn't confused...or amused...that we like the old show Babylon 5. (Jarod, you're even cooler than the Vorlons!)
All four of us had juice to drink.
(The grown-ups' juice was of the fermented variety.)
My lasagna was really good. I loved the fresh basil on top. I think I may need to do that next time I make lasagna.
Macaroni Grill is really a good place to bring children (though our kids would have preferred McDonalds!) Zoodle had cheese pizza, and Chickie ate an impressive amount of spaghetti (both from the kids' menu.) Gelato kept them content while The Engineer and I had chocolate cake. The kids were happy through most of the meal.
Macaroni Grill has paper covering the tables, so kids (or creative adults) can draw with crayons while waiting for food. The Engineer noticed the Italian food-themed hue names of the Crayolas.
With a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, dinners at restaurants without playscapes can be dicey. So it was a treat that we all actually enjoyed this Mother's Day meal. I hadn't been to Romano's Macaroni Grill in a few years, and I hope we don't wait so long until our next visit!
Disclaimer: Romano's Macaroni Grill didn't pay me anything to write this blog post. But Jared did comp the decaf coffee I had with my chocolate cake. He said he comped the coffee because we were being so awesome, but I think it's because he's so awesome. Thanks, Jared!