Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World Record for Fastest Dining Experience

Hockeytown. Rock City. The 313. The Motor City. Motown.

The nicknames belong to Detroit, Michigan, one of the greatest places in the U.S.A. It's my hometown, and its known around the world for its rich culture, and rivalry with the other big boys on the block, like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

But what makes Detroit such a great place?

A lot of hard work, and a little creativity.

Let me show you.

There's this little place on Michigan Ave called The American Coney Island. It was founded by a Greek family in 1917, making it the oldest family-owned and operated restaurant in the city. If you don't know what a coney island is, you're in for a surprise.

So what's so unique about this restaurant? Well, it just might hold the world record for the fastest dining experience ever.
Once you're seated, the waiter memorizes your drink order. Now, maybe you've seen a few people who can memorize your drink order on the spot, so that's no big deal, right? Still, its pretty impressive, but that's not the reason why its so fast.

Less than a minute later, the waiter returns with your drinks. I'm saying a minute just to be safe, but when I was there last weekend he was back in about 30 seconds.

Okay, so that's 30 seconds, maybe a minute. Now he asks for your order. Here's where the American Coney Island differs from any kind of restaurant you've ever been to. The moment your done ordering, the waiter turns around, back to the table, and shouts the entire order at the top of his lungs across the room at the cooks.

What? Yes, that's right -shouts the entire order to the cooks, who have to multitask with whatever they're doing while simultaneously remember the entire order without writing anything down. There are no notepads at this restaurant; just a lot of skill, practice, and a little bit of creativity.

My food came back the table in less than 90 seconds. It's no joke; it was fully cooked, delicious coney island food, faster than any other sit-down, dining restaurant in the world.

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