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Sat Apr 30, 2022, 08:19 PM

When did you re-enter a restaurant post-pandemic and where?

I haven't been inside a Waffle House in a few years. I love Waffle House. The synchronization between the cook and the waitresses is a wonder to behold. I went inside this week and had two eggs over light with bacon and hash browns scattered covered and smothered. It was glorious.

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Reply When did you re-enter a restaurant post-pandemic and where? (Original post)
Shermann Apr 2022 OP
Hoyt Apr 2022 #1
kacekwl Apr 2022 #2
RockRaven Apr 2022 #3
Novara May 2022 #33
Runningdawg Apr 2022 #4
LetMyPeopleVote Apr 2022 #5
Dorian Gray May 2022 #36
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Dorian Gray May 2022 #43
LetMyPeopleVote May 2022 #44
Dorian Gray May 2022 #45
WhiskeyGrinder Apr 2022 #6
GoCubsGo Apr 2022 #7
liberal N proud Apr 2022 #8
Spider Jerusalem Apr 2022 #9
Ms. Toad May 2022 #20
Diamond_Dog Apr 2022 #10
MissMillie Apr 2022 #11
FloridaBlues Apr 2022 #12
Shermann Apr 2022 #13
KarenS Apr 2022 #14
Xavier Breath May 2022 #40
Trailrider1951 Apr 2022 #15
Skittles Apr 2022 #16
jimfields33 Apr 2022 #17
Talitha Apr 2022 #18
Ms. Toad May 2022 #19
electric_blue68 May 2022 #21
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orleans May 2022 #26
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Shrek May 2022 #30
roamer65 May 2022 #46
Celerity May 2022 #31
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Dorian Gray May 2022 #34
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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 08:23 PM

1. Think Waffle House was early on too, although we started going to outdoor

 

restaurants first.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 08:30 PM

2. A month ago. Was after a funeral for a relative.

Family gathering. Otherwise none yet.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 08:40 PM

3. Still haven't...

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #3)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:35 AM

33. Me neither

I get takeout. Still.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 08:45 PM

4. Wedding rehearsal/dinner early November 21. Fully vaccinated and boosted.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 08:59 PM

5. At Disney World where we went for a family trip

The entire family went in early December and we went to some very nice restaurants

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #5)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:42 AM

36. We went to Disney in spring break this year

and I was a little anxious about the crowds there. That was a little much, even for me. But we had fun. We tried to eat outside as much as possible. But when it's hot out, you want air-conditioned breaks.

Glad we went, but if you're super covid cautious, I might avoid disney for a bit longer.

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Response to Dorian Gray (Reply #36)

Sun May 1, 2022, 03:26 PM

38. My kids are making a sibling trip later this month

My son has a DVC membership. I will be getting my second booster next week so that I will be fully boosted when they come back. My youngest child still lives with me.

During the December trip I wore my mask even in places where it was not required. We had a good number of test kids with us but did not use them.

We had a good time in December. My son is a foodie and so we ate at some of nicer places at WDW including Yachtsman, Chef deFrance, California Grill and my favorite Art Smiths.

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #38)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:10 PM

43. All of those places are great!

Glad you had fun. (No more mask mandate in WDW when we went, and the spring break crowds were PRETTY HUGE!)

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Response to Dorian Gray (Reply #43)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:28 PM

44. My kids are planning on still wearing masks inside and on transportation

Did you get to ride Rise of the Resistance? That has become my favorite ride

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #44)

Sun May 1, 2022, 08:29 PM

45. No, couldn't get on that one.

We did the Millennium Falcon one, though, which was so much fun! Next time, we'll do Rise of the Resistance.

I was solo with my kid, and navigating the fast passes (or whatever they're called now) was more complicated than I feared! But we did get on some fun rides. Her favorite is still Splash Mountain!

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:05 PM

6. I don't believe we're post-pandemic, but I have eaten at restaurants in the past couple years.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:11 PM

7. I haven't been in a restaurant since 2018.

I rarely eat out, and am even less inclined to do so now.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:14 PM

8. We have many outdoor dining opportunities

I think early last summer

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:17 PM

9. Pandemic isn't over and US cases went over 100K/day again a few days ago (n/t)

 

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #9)

Sun May 1, 2022, 01:18 AM

20. I don't believe they are that high yet in the US.

It's harder to track, since a lot of places are not reporting on a daily basis - but the highest I've seen is about 84,000 (NY Times dashboard) & 64,000 (Worldometers).

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:27 PM

10. Still haven't.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:27 PM

11. It was a local (very small) chain restaurant in the next town over

July 2021. My family had it's own function room for a meal marking the one-year anniversary of my mom's death.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:30 PM

12. Been to several plus I do community theater. So far so good but vaxed and boosted

Also work as RN so you do what you need to do. ESO since numbers are lower.

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Response to FloridaBlues (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:35 PM

13. I should add that I am double boosted nt

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:57 PM

14. still haven't,,,,

early March 2020 was the last time,,,,

We go pick up food from restaurants but we don't eat in them anymore. Not sure we'll ever start up again,,, we're older and I have health issues,,,,

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Response to KarenS (Reply #14)

Sun May 1, 2022, 03:59 PM

40. That's where we are.

Our last time dining out was March 11, 2020, to be precise. We went to the city building downtown to conduct some business. Afterward, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant where we sat in booths next to other unmasked couples and enjoyed our lunch.

Seems like a foreign concept from a lifetime ago.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 09:58 PM

15. Giorgio's Greek Cafe, Puyallup, WA



This was the summer of 2021. My grandson had a concert with his orchestra at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, outdoor seating. Our whole WA family was there for the concert, and afterwards we went to Giorgio's for dinner on the patio. Great music and great Greek food, I was in HEAVEN!

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 10:20 PM

16. I haven't

it is NOT a good idea

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 11:17 PM

17. I started probably may 2020 and have weekly.

In may, I masked until eating and once fully vaxed, I think I still wore a mask until CDC gave the ok to ditch them for vaccinated and boosted. Should get my second booster in June.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2022, 11:30 PM

18. Not yet.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 01:14 AM

19. It's not post-pandemic yet, Dr. Fauci's observations about the US aside.

Pandemic is not a country-by-country status, and he "clarified" that COVID is still a pandemic a day or two after he misspoke.

That said, I ate in ni restaurants with outdoor seating throughout the pandemic. We are eating in indoor restaurants when the local transmission is

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 01:22 AM

21. Not yet. Only outside...

Since my sis and I have fully vaxxed & boosted besides eating outdoors, in the winter
I visit her, and we ordered takeout from a very good Indian restaurant.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 01:26 AM

23. It is not post pandemic

I have not eaten in any restaurants and won’t ever again most likely. I hardly ever went to restaurants for several years pre pandemic due to health and dietary issues. The last time I ate in a real restaurant I was very ill by 5 am with vomiting and diarrhea.

I have been so too many times by them. Not bringing food on time, bringing me eggs benedict on lettuce 1 minute after it was already on an English muffin when I had requested lettuce, I had sent it back, and using shoddy and fake gf practices which glutened me, food poisoned me or gave me noro virus. Non of this seems to happen if you order food in or make your own. I remember eating at a taco bell with an ex years ago when I was starting ti have more issues, instant runs and there was no toilet, only a road stop. I can’t believe now I ever ate that crap. There is only one truly gf restaurant near me and they were not following policies or gave me a virus.

So I really had a distrust of them for years now and now it is the perfect way to get infected with covid. Most way over charge and it is an unpleasant experience most of the time. Fortunately in my earlier life I have eaten in many fabulous restaurants all over the world, I do miss it, mostly I miss just being able to eat like a normal person. I’m quite happy to prepare my own food and pick it out myself. I would never go back to it again because of all the health issues even if I trusted them.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 02:27 AM

24. Never stopped.

 

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 02:48 AM

25. It was a Chipotle or Subway. I don't remember when.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 02:58 AM

26. it sounds wonderful

(i've never been in a waffle house)

not that much of a fan on "dining in" to begin with (perhaps partially due to lack of finances) but i can tell you that once we locked down (march friday the 13th 2020) that was it. hadn't eaten inside a restaurant for at least a couple months before that. and i haven't since then.

i do drive thu fast food (come home & nuke it for 30 seconds)
i ordered denny's breakfast once and walked inside to pick up my order.

i miss not being able to go into a restaurant and have someone wait on me.
i miss not being able to go out to dinner with my daughter and son in law once in awhile. they went out once around valentines day this year -- to a place that had those igloos for a single party with the heaters.

pandemic ain't over till it's over. and i've got a little under five yr old grandkid that i don't want to be passing covid to so yeah, no indoor dining for me in the foreseeable future.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 03:43 AM

27. Have not, will not. Public food trough fare is no longer on my menu

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 04:48 AM

28. I have eaten inside four restaurants

all in Chapel Hill, NC about half a dozen times since last summer. Chapel Hill is in Orange County, which has led the state in people vaccinated and had among the lowest numbers of cases and hospitalizations. I only ate inside when numbers were low.

Last night I had dinner with my two sons and their partners to celebrate my youngest son's birthday. We ate outside on the patio of one of his favorite restaurants--where I'd never eaten-- and it was delightful. All tables were quite far apart. They were also doing a brisk business inside.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 05:05 AM

29. I never stopped but I went at 6 am rught when it opened

And only a couple of other people were there and we all sit far apart. The restaurant was sanitized every nite and was empty and closed all nite.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 06:34 AM

30. March 2021

Went to a favorite local place for my wife's birthday.

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Response to Shrek (Reply #30)

Sun May 1, 2022, 09:45 PM

46. Same here.

About 3 weeks after my second shot.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:10 AM

31. We never truly stopped going, save for a fairly brief period in 2020.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #31)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:23 AM

32. Same.

And then I did take out.
I’m looking forward to glorious outdoor dining in the Netherlands and Spain this summer.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:41 AM

34. Started eating out again in the late summer/early fall 2020.

But all outdoors. After vaccination, we went indoors at times, but kept my daughter outdoors until her vaccines were complete. November 2021... with a break for omicron. After Omicron we went back first week of Feb when numbers were down.

Still eat indoors sometimes.

Try to avoid bustly restaurants.


(Have treated it this way for awhile, and we have never gotten covid. So a lot of covid is really luck.)

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:42 AM

35. I went into an Asian "hole in the wall" restaurant for Thai Bowl pck-up with mask last week. First

time for even pickup in more than two years. It was quite startling to see they had retrofitted the entire front desk that adjoins the kitchen in plexiglass so that they had zero exposure to the dining and pick-up area. Even a bank deposit box-like drawer they'd push out for your credit card or cash. Smart, they are, not to have taken this down while most others have. Planning for the future, I guess.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 02:37 PM

37. It's not post pandemic and haven't. NT.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 03:46 PM

39. My first trip back to a restaurant was to my favorite brew pub.

It was so weird not having a regular server and only using my phone to order. I miss restaurant service the way it used to be pre-pandemic.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 04:09 PM

41. I drive a school bus. Because they needed drivers.

 

A restaurant is like a safe space for me.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 04:16 PM

42. We went to Joe's Crab Shack last summer after the Van Gogh Alive exhibit.

Other than that it has been takeout.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 10:04 PM

47. We ate outdoors through much of the pandemic.

We started eating inside again when Ventura County gave the OK.

We both had COVID-19 in January (probably, symptoms so minor didn't get tested)

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 10:08 PM

48. After I was fully vaccinated last summer.

I support local restaurants 90% of the time.

Life is for the living.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 10:12 PM

49. The Minute

they opened!

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 11:19 PM

50. I've only done takeout since the pandemic began

and not even that before my second shot.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 11:21 PM

51. been going to restaurants since pandemic began and they switched to "To go only"

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2022, 12:29 AM

52. I never stopped.

There were always places open around me.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2022, 09:25 AM

53. Stopped until my daughter's wedding in August 2020

Once I was vaccinated, I started going out.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2022, 09:42 AM

54. We did this once.

Cannot tell the date. Maybe a year ago? We were vaxxed and with vaxxed friends. We ate on the patio. I forget if it was the next day or the day after, we started feeling badly. We were both so sick we did not want to move. Both took home tests, which were negative. Boyfriend was not allowed back to work without an official test. That was negative, too. Maybe we just caught a really bad flu, not sure, but we have not gone out to eat again.

I have a concussion and have been told not to drive. I also have a doctor’s note not to cook unsupervised. (Final straw for dr was when I sent him photos of burns and blisters). I have Door Dash. More expensive but presumably the insurance of the guy who ran into me will pay it all.

Go out to eat again? Not likely. I don’t know what we got that one time, but that was enough to deter us. My guy retires next year, and I want him around, to enjoy his company. The pandemic is not over.

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