I have a thing for meatloaf. My hubby makes some of the meanest meatloaf around, which is made even more exciting when he makes next-day meatloaf sandwiches. Yum. Growing up, I tended to wine a little when mom made meatloaf. Not because her loaf wasn’t delicious, but I think it’s because of the name. That’s why I find it fascinating to see “meatloaf” on a restaurant menu.
I often order the meatloaf when I see it listed as a specialty entree. The Cheesecake Factory serves its meatloaf on the bottom of a tower of mashed potatoes and onion rings. At the Indian Pueblo Culture Center’s restaurant, bison meatloaf with a red chile gravy is a featured item. Sometime it’s wrapped in bacon and sometimes it is served with fresh vegetables … and, it’s mostly always served with taters.
This weekend, while in Phoenix, our friends took us to a new restaurant named Culinary Dropout: The Yard. Once we were seated, I said to my husband, “I don’t know if we’re cool enough to be here.” It has a fun, hip industrial atmosphere and on a Saturday afternoon at 3:00, it was still hopin’. To the south of the restaurant, there was “a yard,” with a live band and games set-up such as ping-pong (not to be confused with beer pong) and bean-bag toss.
We ate near the kitchen and had an amazing, lovely waitress. She helped each one in our party of 7 make the perfect lunch choice (of course complemented with beer/wine). Lynn and Karl went with the chicken-fried chicken, Mary ordered the fish ‘n chips, Mark had a burger, and much to my disappointment Brett and Ray ordered salads. I placed my order for the “Ma .. Meatloaf.” Exciting stuff.
Admittedly, it wasn’t the best ever meatloaf (Mark retains that award), but the tomatoey-bbq sauce was a nice highlight and my beer was a great companion to this culinary favorite. Of course, the fun and quirky atmosphere made it memorable and being surrounded by good friends made it delectable.
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