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Fine Dining?

MartiniQueen Feb 26, 2009 02:20 PM

I was in a shopping plaza on Mule Rd. in Toms River the other day and a restaurant there had their various menus posted outside. One menu was for "family style" service and the other was their "fine dining" menu.

The second appetizer on this fine dining menu...CHICKEN FINGERS.

Is it just me, or does this seem oddly out of place on a fine dining menu?

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  1. c oliver RE: MartiniQueen Feb 26, 2009 02:40 PM

    Please ask to have this moved to NAF. That's a riot!

    1. mschow RE: MartiniQueen Feb 26, 2009 05:00 PM

      Shouldn't that have been 'Doigts de Poulet' on the 'fine dining' menu? I always order doigts de poulet when I'm looking for an elegant meal! Very funny!

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        ambrose RE: mschow Feb 26, 2009 05:25 PM

        ROFLMAO!! This illustrates one of the pitfalls of translating from one language to another. I always thought 'chicken fingers' was pretty funny in English; it's absolutely hysterical when translated literally into French!

      2. Tapas52 RE: MartiniQueen Feb 26, 2009 09:34 PM

        Was it GIGI's restaurant......next to the Holiday City Diner?

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          MartiniQueen RE: Tapas52 Feb 27, 2009 01:36 AM

          It was. I don't consider myself a food snob, but really!

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            Tapas52 RE: MartiniQueen Feb 27, 2009 06:35 AM

            Just look the HC Diner next door is packes always .......GiGi's is empty...that space has been so many restaurants that failed through the years they can't compete with diner prices & good specials...especially in a big Senior community.

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              MartiniQueen RE: Tapas52 Feb 27, 2009 11:55 AM

              You're right that none of the restaurants occupying that space have done well. The place before GiGi's was also empty, but I thought it was due to reports of flies that came as part of the buffet and salad bar.

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              HelenB RE: MartiniQueen Feb 27, 2009 06:51 AM

              It is difficult to have the true fine dining experience in TR, it is all relative! What they considered fine dining could be so average if you are in a city! I wish that there are more options in TR but with the huge senior community, I am content to see some new places providing different food are showing up!

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                Tapas52 RE: HelenB Feb 27, 2009 07:20 AM

                I agree Helen......there are a few really enjoyable places to dine in TR....but you can't expect top notch "FINE DINING" like you would in NYC.....but places like Bistro 44 are certainly trying & succeeding very nicely......& on the other hand sometimes some of the so called fine dining places fall flat compared to the tried & true neighborhood favorites so go figure?

          2. equal_Mark RE: MartiniQueen Feb 27, 2009 10:26 AM

            It's all a matter of semantics. Levels of dining can be ranked as such:

            Spectacular Dining
            Excellent Dining
            Great Dining
            Good Dining
            Fine Dining
            OK Dining
            Poor Dining

            By this criteria, chicken fingers would be just "Fine" :-)

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              MGZ RE: equal_Mark Feb 27, 2009 11:56 AM

              Ahhh, but wouldn't it be interesting to have a creative chef create a "fine dining" (or better) chicken finger. I could see it crop up as a special at Drew's or Trinity, etc.

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                HelenB RE: MGZ Feb 27, 2009 12:33 PM

                MGZ, that is a great idea! I had chicken wings in a very upscale place in Hong Kong which were stuffed with shark fins and some unqiue asian mushrooms....

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                  MGZ RE: HelenB Feb 27, 2009 01:00 PM


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                c oliver RE: equal_Mark Feb 27, 2009 12:55 PM

                Or would that be "just fine"?

              3. danhole RE: MartiniQueen Mar 1, 2009 12:46 AM

                I have no idea where Mules Rd. on Toms River is, but in my house, if I served a meal, and afterwards asked "How was it?" and they responded "fine" I would be disappointed. So "Fine Dining" doesn't ,mean much to me.

                1. Chinon00 RE: MartiniQueen Mar 2, 2009 09:08 AM

                  A Frenchman may believe "Italian Fine Dining" to be an oxymoron.

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                    Gail RE: MartiniQueen Mar 2, 2009 06:29 PM

                    Gee, fine dining...OK

                    Fine China
                    Fine Silver
                    Fine Service
                    Fine Music
                    Fine Lighting
                    Fine Person with me
                    Fine Food I didn't have to cook
                    = Fine Dining

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