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Your fantasy restaurant ....

I'm sure I'm not the only one who just day dreams when driving or working out or whatever. Where the stuff of day dreams comes from, who knows?

One of my day dreams is what kind of restaurant would I own if I owned a restaurant. I mean, I don't cook all that much, have never worked in a restaurant or anything, but it's my day dream, right?

The restaurant would be called Capsaicin. That's what's in peppers to make them hot, right?

And the idea would be to do for hot peppers what Stinking Rose did for garlic. Except the food at my restaurant would be good.

And the idea would be that all the dishes on the menu would be hot and spicy. We'd have to have a good beer selection because alcohol dissolves casaicin (and so does milk, so we'll serve that, too. Ice water will be free ... but ice water doesn't work ... sucker!)

And what I want to do is divide the menu up by continent. So, you would have your Asian section and your Central American section and your South American section and a North American section. I'm not sure you would need a European section of the menu. And the menu would have descriptions of the types of peppers used in the dish, what region they were grown in, how hot they are on the Scoville scale (yeah, I use google) and that sort of thing. And you might even have daily specials depending on what special peppers were available at different times of the year. (This is a day dream, not a research paper, if peppers aren't seasonal, don't sue me.)

And that's sort of as far as I get. A restaurant with high quality cooking that specializes in uses of hot peppers from around the world. Meat dishes and vegetarian dishes and good bread and butter on the table to offer some relief. For all I know, there is something like this out there (if there is, I didn't steal your idea ... if someone opens up a place like this ... my first meal is comped ... LOL).

Tell me I'm not the only person who has opened a restaurant in their mind. Someone else must have thought about this ... anyone care to share their day dream restaurant?

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  1. I actually had the opportunity to design my dream restaurant! (Try not to be too jealous!! ;-) I went to school to be an Interior Designer, and one whole semester was devoted to designing a restaurant: the menu, the music, the seating, the style of food, etc.! Everyone in the class complained about having to do the menu and music, but it was a dream come true for me! (I had a hard time concentrating on the design aspect that semester!) At any rate, it was called "Southern Comfort," and you guessed it, it was a soul food restaurant! I was really trying to push the envelope and shake up Manhattan, KS! There were several signature drinks made with Southern Comfort and I remember that I used these glasses with little red chickens on them! It was supposed to be a cross between comfort and serious class! If I can find my project, I'll post some pictures!

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      That's cool.

      Your use of Southern Comfort reminded me that there is a bar in Tokyo called the Keith Richards bar and they only serve Jack Daniels. It's real small and that's all they serve. I've never been, but I buddy of mine got drunk there when his band toured Japan.

    2. PaulF, you are not the only one! What a great topic. I've been having the same fantasy restaurant in my mind for many years, at one point it segued into two fantasies.

      The main fantasy restaurant: It's large, with different rooms that serve different types of cuisines, and also different parts of the dinner (app, main, dessert). You can choose what you want to eat for each part of your meal, and there would be graceful transitions from room to room, like some of the rooms would be connected with bridges over water. So you can, say, have an Asian app, then a French entree in a different room, and each room would be decorated accordingly. The service and everything will be so smooth and graceful. Or you can stay in one room and have your complete meal there.

      The secondary fantasy: a small lunch place (maybe dinner later on!) for soups--all soups all the time. I love soup, and it will be soups of many ethnicities, soups that are very true and authentic to each culture, the more unusual stuff, not the standard soups you think of when you think of someone else's culture. Like, probably no hot and sour soup.

      1. Not a restaurant, but a bakery. I love baking. When dreaming I can never settle of what type of bakery so it changes from day to day, but mostly it's about desserts. Other days it's all about making really good breads of all sorts.

        1. I used to think about opening a combo travel bookshop & world music cafe with a Malaysian kitchen in a college town.


          1. I've had restaurant dreams for years, but my most recent iteration involves "nearly blaring" rock/alternative, an open kitchen and about 30 "seats", standing room only on dark wood tables and the privilege to serve whatever food I want out of a small menu. OK, so maybe it'll go bankrupt in 6 months, but I don't care.

            1. This is a recurring dream for me, and it first requires that I hit the lottery, then I'd open my own place. It'd be a lunch-only place (I'm not doing the zombie hours that dinner requires), and there would be a limited selection...pretty much only what I felt like making that day. Some days, the choice could even be 'take it or leave it' (that is, only one thing). I would only charge enough to pay the bills (so it'd be cheap), and when i ran out of food, I'd close. I'm not sure it'd even be accurate to call it a 'restaurant'. I think in my mind's eye, it'd actually be more of a club.

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                1. re: kare_raisu

                  Actually, that sounds pretty good. You can even be hostile to your guests and that can be part of your "charm".


              1. I would go to that place.

                I have a lot of ideas and I actually plan on opening my own place one day in the near future. So I'll keep the specifics to myself :), but it's more of a cafe/breakfast/lunch/maybe lite dinner type place than a full on restaurant. I want to own the kind of place that I love frequenting basically - only with my personal twist.

                1. I've had the daydream, too, but on a much smaller scale. My dream would be to prepare a set menu for 6 to 10 every evening and have small groups come to my home for private dinners. Of course I would have a fabulous dining room just off my equally fabulous kitchen. And there would be a powder room close by, so that guests wouldn't have any need to traipse through the rest of my house. The only difference from entertaining my own friends and family would be that the menu would be prearranged with the folks who'd made the reservations and that I wouldn't be sitting down to eat with them.

                  1. It would be this whole split personality joint, (e.g., good/evil, day/night, black/white) divided by a walk-around bar. But, instead of me having to move, the whole bar would revolve around me so I can just sit there and be taken to "the other side".

                    TT (not on medication).

                    1. My fantasy restaurant would be called "Arora's Borealis," and would be a restaurant featuring wild game with organic produce and interesting sides and desserts. The ceiling would be fitted with fiber optics that make it look like the Northern Lights were dancing overhead.

                      Connected to the restaurant would be a dark and clubby bar called "The Last Frontier" which would have an Alaska theme.

                      Hopefully, I will win the Powerball jackpot some day and make this a reality.

                      1. I wanted to do noodles from lots of different cultures: you can have your pad thai while I have my zaru soba, your friend has capellini pomodoro, and her friend has chow fun. But... after seeing "World Wraps" I changed my mind. It's difficult enough understanding one or two cuisines well enough to get the flavors just right...

                        1. My dream would be similar to Seth Chadwick's in that game would be on the menu, and there would be a good clubby bar attached. The food would tend towards classic European, with rotating theme nights (French, Italian, Polish, German etc.); the staff would be knowledgeable and attentive, the linens and tableware substantial, the lighting placed low, but adequate to read by. Breakfast and lunch would be served from early morning to midafternoon, accompanied by chamber music from a string quartet; dinner would have the same sort of music piped in very softly in the background. From midnight until 3 am there would be scrambled eggs, welsh rabbit and the like served in the bar.

                          1. There was this little restaurant in Horse Cave KY. It was run by a ret. eng. lit. prof and had a southern diner inside.Eat and read the likes of Calvin Trillin's triolgy even if I had read the books seperately before. Fried chicken and a private library adn all of the sides you could eat