Just because you eat in it most often, doesn't mean it's your favorite restaurant. Or the place you'd eat if if you only had one more meal to eat in your life.
It could be. But if you're like me, you don't eat in your "best," special occasion restaurant more often than any other.
We go to Ronnie's Diner in Marina Del Rey. I'm sure some are tired of me mentioning it and many won't understand why I do. I don't even understand why I do, because who needs a bigger crowd.
But I was just realizing that we eat there two or three or more times per week. Last night I had a great bowl of turkey chili. Just the way I like it. Super thick with ground turkey. No beans to get in the way. The wife had chicken noodle soup. I threw some of their great, homemade salsa into the chili.
We try to go on Wednesdays, because the special is turkey meatloaf. I love turkey meatloaf. I get it with grilled vegetables and black beans and my wife gets it with the veggies and mashed potatoes and gravy.
My younger son likes sandwiches. He gets the grilled cheese or the philly cheese or the BLT with avocado. My older son (the one who doesn't eat red meat) orders a turkey burger or a hot turkey sandwich.
We go there for breakfast on the weekends. The older son likes the breakfast burritos. The wife likes omelettes. I do too. Younger son goes for french toast or pancakes. I often get a power plate of some sort with eggs or egg whites, steak or chicken and black beans. They've got great breakfast potatoes, too.
I turned my buddy the investment banker into a fan and now he's in there every weekend. I don't know what he gets.
So, why do we go so often?
A varied menu that allows each of us to find something to like. My kids eat everything, but the younger one gets tired of Mexican (our favorite type of food -- but we go to so many places none is "most often.") He likes Italian but the best Italian in our neighborhood is Giovanni's and we spend too much on dinner for four to go all the time. I don't like Via Italian, which is where he'd like to go for pasta.
It's close to our house.
It's reasoble enough to go all the time.
Mostly, though, we go because we like the food. I don't think any one dish is the best of its kind. But all of the dishes are so homemade and so fresh that there is just a high level of consistency.
So, why post it?
Mostly I like reading the passionate posts of passionate posters and this seemed like a nice, passionate topic to get people going.
Also, I just think this is a great place. It's sort of lame to pimp a place with a straight forward menu without a signature dish or dishes, but what the heck, I don't mind being sort of lame.