As I write this article, I’m sitting in the hotel bar at the Marriott near the airport in
This bar is nice. Kristen is a wonderful bartender; she’s nice and very attentive and helpful. The only problem is, the bar food here is nothing to get real excited about. The wings are your usual “heat ’em up from frozen” kind and the quesadillas are average. There are no less than three restaurants in this big hotel, but I don’t like the atmosphere and the noise from them, so here I sit.
A little known secret about these resort hotels is even if they have multiple restaurants, they all share the same (or most of the same) kitchen. Have you ever noticed that there are sometimes menu items on room service menus that you don’t see in the restaurant? Or items from the restaurant don’t always appear on room service menus? Same thing. Each restaurant has it’s own menu, but cooks and servers often operate out of the same kitchen so… I asked Kristen, “Would you bring me the menus from the Luxe, the Porterhouse, and from this bar please?” She was delighted to do so, I like Kristen a lot.
In the end, I ordered a bowl of clam chowder from the Luxe, and an 8oz Filet with creamed spinach from the Porterhouse. Other people walking up to sit at the bar noticed what I was eating and I was surprised when almost all of them asked, “Where’d you get that?”
So, don’t be afraid to check out ALL of the restaurants. I don’t even use the room service menu anymore… Once I get a feel for what all of the restaurants offer, I’ll just call down from the room and ask, “Can I get a bowl of French Onion soup?” Even if it’s not on the room service menu, they’ll be happy to bring it, as long as it’s on one of their menus, somewhere!
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