Monday, January 30, 2017

As Long As No Chicken Was Smothered

The gas station chicken store has a new taste treat to offer. I saw the sign taped on the glass of the chicken-warmer yesterday. Smothered Potatoes. I asked the cashier guy if he'd tried it. He's always recommending the other stuff to me, even though he knows I stick to chicken. He's promoted the burritos and chili and mini tacos. He likes spicy. He even said he puts hot sauce on spaghetti.

Anyhoo...the sign described the Smothered Potatoes as mashed potatoes topped with mixed vegetables and steak, covered in a red sauce.

"Have you tried the Smothered Potatoes?"

"Actually, I have." That was it.

"Oh. No recommendation?"

"Um...it wasn't one of my favorites. Just personally speaking. It didn't seem to have any flavor."

"Yeah. You seem to like spicy."

"Yeah."

I went about the business of getting my chicken. Filling my 44 oz Diet Coke. As Cashier Guy was ringing up my order, two more customers came in. Cashier Guy said to one, "Sorry. We're out of burritos!" The dude said he would wait for the chicken gal to make more.

"What? You're not recommending the Smothered Potatoes to him?"

"Naw. I just didn't like them."

"Well, some people don't like their food mixed together."

"To tell you the truth, it was the steak." He shot his eyes to the chicken gal.

"There you go! Complaining about my food!" They rib each other all the time. "There was nothing wrong with the steak."

"There were only two little pieces!"

"That's all I'm allowed to put on!"

I looked at Cashier Guy. He was trying to be a good promoter for the store. But he was also honest. I shouldn't have stirred it up in front of the other customers. I just couldn't help myself. When he finally stated his real problem with the Smothered Potatoes, I saw the absurdity of the situation, standing in a gas station, discussing steak.

"You know...it's $1.99."
 

14 comments:

  1. Val--A red sauce? What kind of red sauce? I think you need to order the smothered potatoes, tell them you're a food reviewer (so they'll give it to you for free), and taste it. Then let us know what it's like.

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    1. That's the thing...I don't like red sauce. I was thinking along the lines of marinara, or something with green peppers in it. But Cashier Guy said it was more like a gravy. The sign said RED sauce, though.

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  2. Sounds like fine cuisine indeed.

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    1. I'm surprised they don't put white tablecloths and candles on their outdoor picnic tables. Where I once saw a lady leave her lit cigarette on the BENCH, where people sit their sweaty butts, go inside, come back out to find her ciggy had blown off onto the ground, pick it up, and PUT IT IN HER LIPS AND SMOKE IT!

      Yeah. It doesn't take anything fancy to tempt the tastebuds of folks around Backroads.

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  3. But that's only a dollar each for the steak pieces!!

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    1. That's cheaper than the chicken pieces!

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  4. Red sauce? I should say not. If I want maters that matter I'll have pasta...not on my mashers.

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    1. Yes, the red sauce seemed to be an odd choice. I should order it just to see what Smothered Potatoes look like. Hick would probably eat it.

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  5. $1.99 doesn't get you much steak, not even in gas stations.

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    1. That's only 30 cents more than a 44 oz Diet Coke, which is pretty much just colored water. So it's actually a bargain.

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  6. I was going to suggest you recommend a bottle of Sriracha sauce to him but I get it now . . it's not the quality, it's the quantity!

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    1. He probably carries a bottle of sriracha in his pocket, but left it in his other pants that day.

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  7. I must admit that sounds utterly disgusting! I m not a lover of sauce that I don't know the ingredients of.

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    1. It didn't sound all that great to me, either. That's why I asked the one guy I figured had tried it. I'm pretty sure he's eaten one of everything they sell.

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