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Sep 24, 2013 03:26 PM

Wackiest, craziest, most interesting restaurant that you have ever been to

What is yours ? Please name the place and location. (Just for these purposes, food is obviously besides the point):

By wackyy, I mean, perhaps your devouring your food 20,000 leagues under the sea in a glass enclosed platform ?

Or maybe you are eating foie gras at the top of a minaret at one of the tallest buildings in the world ?

Or maybe a meal eaten somewhat upside down in an anti-gravity chamber perhaps designed by the preeminent geniuses at JPL or NASA ?


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    1. I can't equal your comparables, but the Alux restaurant in Quintana Roo, Mexico threads through a network of fascinating caves. I think it is one of the natural wonders of the Yucatan, thoughtfully made accessible to diners.

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      1. re: Veggo

        There you go.

        Eating a meal inside a cave is pretty damn dope.

        That's what I'm talking about.

        1. re: kevin

          No bats in this one. Most of the cenote caves are loaded with bats. Which is a good thing, there are no mosquitos left to bite you.
          Google Alux restaurant and view their photo gallery.

          1. re: Veggo

            And no guano dusting your food.

            Kalachandji's in Dallas inside a Hare Krishna temple is definitely unusual.

      2. Can't compete with any of your suggestions, either, really. Nothing *that* crazy.

        The closest perhaps was a dinner in a completely dark restaurant staffed by blind people. It's a very cool experience on many levels.

        "Wackiest" might be Las Bestias in Valencia, Spain. We were young enough to be slightly amused by being served toilet paper for napkins, a bucket full of beer, and being verbally abused by the waitstaff. Very gimmicky, to say the least.

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        1. re: linguafood

          Both sound at the very least: unique.

          1. re: kevin

            I think those dark restaurants are in a number of cities (this was in Berlin), and the verbal abuse gimmick as well.

            Not sure I'll do the dark restaurant again, DEF not doing the cheesy thing again.

            1. re: linguafood

              "cheesy thing " ?

              But as for the dark restaurants, yeah, I've heard of it in many different cities across the US too.

              1. re: kevin

                The other restaurant I mentioned. Those are in all kinds of places as well. Just not my idea of humor.

                1. re: linguafood

                  Lol. So Dick's Last Resort has cross-cultural appeal, eh? I don't know whether to laugh or cry. :)

                  1. re: DuchessNukem

                    Personally, I would cry, but MANY seem to enjoy it, and seek it out, in the cities with a Dick's Last Resort. They must be doing something right, for someone - just not for me.


        2. I ate at the Sundial Restaurant in Atlanta when I was twelve or thirteen. I can't remember anything about the food. The dining room revolves above 723 feet of skyline. The view was something special.

          I also remember being amazed at about the same age by the faux outdoor twilight sky in Epcot's Mexican restaurant.

          Ed Debevic's in Chicago was wacky. The meatloaf and mashed potatoes were good.

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          1. re: Tara57

            I love those revolving restaurants (it takes about an hour, usually, to move 360 degrees, is that right ? And it moves so slowly that it is invisible to the naked eye).

            1. re: kevin

              Also Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Not quite as fast as a washing machine on the spin cycle.

              1. re: Veggo

                Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, BTW

              2. re: kevin

                Yeah, roughly.
                L'Astral on the Loews Le Concorde in Quebec City takes about 90minutes to make one revolution.

                  1. re: pinehurst

                    The Space Needle here in SEA has 'sky city' restaurant. Food not anything to get excited about, but tourists like the experience. Takes about 1.25 hours to go around.

                    Personally, I like the viewing platform better, and a drink in the bar. Skip dinner and go somewhere good!

                  2. re: kevin

                    Went to one. While enjoying dinner, and the view, my girlfriend suddenly noticed that in the course of half an hour, her purse had been carried halfway around the room because she set it on the floor-level windowsill.

                    1. re: wayne keyser

                      Calvin Trillin: "I never eat in a restaurant that's over a hundred feet off the ground and won't stand still."

                    2. re: kevin

                      The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone in NOLA revolves once every 15 minutes. Just the seats of the round bar. The bar itself doesn't revolve. If you are standing and talking to someone seated at the bar you ave to take a sideays step every few seconds to keep up with them.

                    3. re: Tara57

                      Dallas has a Wolfgang Puck restaurant like that. The food is divine. I've only been once, but if I were in Dallas, I'd definitely go back.

                      1. re: alliegator

                        Went there before it was 560, and can't say I remember anything about the experience other than some of the people I dined with. Likewise with Dick's Last Resort ... I remember fried food and some of the people who were there.

                    4. Not exactly a restaurant and not something I have "been" to, but I think this counts.
                      Back when I managed functions and events, our company had the contract for catering at the city zoo.
                      The zoo management were trying to drum up money to build a new tropical enclosure, and came up with the idea of hosting a high end dinner in the lion enclosure.
                      Great night was had by all - the keepers fed the lions at the same time we were serving main course, so there was roaring and raw meat savagery as the guests ate their wagyu.
                      My most hated memory of the night, however, was the fact that zoos are globally inhabited by rats and very large spiders after dark, so running back and forth to the catering tent was hazardous, to say the least!

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                        1. re: cronker

                          Ah, reminds me of an event dinner at the New Orleans Aquarium. We were dining at tables around one level of the main tank, right in front of the windows to view that tank. The main course was seafood. My back was to those windows, and someone commented, "Look at all those fish at the window!" I turned, and sure enough, the window was FILLED by fish, all staring at my plate. I could almost hear them, "Hey, he's eating Fred!" Let's just say that it was not the best meal that I have ever had.


                            1. re: Violatp

                              Oh I agree. Imagine my shame, upon turning around. Like finding out that I had just eaten Nemo!