There are few things less “Austin” than eating at a chain restaurant. Well, maybe not less Austin than knowing how to drive on ice or appreciating Sarah Palin. But other than those things, eating at a chain restaurant is met with premiere disgust.
Oh, but I plan to embrace it because it’s funny.
A couple months ago, Ryan and I went to the Three courses for $20 at Chili’s on a Friday night. The parking lot was empty. I grew up in a suburb and Chili’s was overflowing every Friday night. This seemed strange.
We laughed at ourselves the entire meal. I mean … we were dining on an ingenious marketing scheme. At Chili’s. It’s funny!
After Ryan and I ate cheese fries, sliders, a brownie, and a sugary margarita that was more expensive than our meal, we felt disgusting. I think we might be done eating at Chili’s, no matter what deals they throw at us.
This week, the Husbanks household received the “Dinner for Two Starting at $19.99″ flier from Johnny Carino’s. Oh marketers, I know your games. And I won’t let you win!
Tonight, we will go with Stacie and Kyle to Johnny Carino’s with our flier and find out what is exactly $19.99. Even if it’s two bowls of plain noodles in noodle water.
We will order tap water to drink, eat our noodle water noodles and refuse – REFUSE – to be upsold.
It’s going to be legendary.