Not So Pleasant Dining Experience

Last night our family went to eat down in Quincy, IL at Tony’s Old Place for a farewell dinner for Pastor Mark Eddy, who recently accepted a Call to another circuit in the District. Now, we have eaten at this restaurant before and been very happy with it. This time was different.

The company was good, but the food was not up to our standards. We’re not food snobs, really. We just think there are certain things that one should expect from a restaurant.

First of all, Amy and I ordered our usual gin and vodka martinis (She likes vodka, I like gin). She took one sip of hers and couldn’t stand it. Way too vermouthy for us. Mine wasn’t undrinkable, but it wasn’t chilled. So, Amy returned the martini and ordered a glass of wine. When that came, it was only about half a glass, like someone had taken a couple swigs out of it first.

Amy ordered a way-overpriced pork chop with a potato ($10.00) and I ordered a Buffalo Chicken Salad (these are popular around here. They dip chicken chunks in Spicy Buffalo wings sauce–very yummy). When I saw the Salad, I was instantly crestfallen. Very small amount of small chunks of chicken. The lettuce was not crispy but soft, like it had been setting out for about fifteen minutes…with the ranch dressing on it. Amy’s pork chop was dry and tough. She had to practically soak it in A-1 steaksauce to enjoy it at all.

They didn’t have a children’s menu, service had much to be desired, it was a very dark restaurant (seems to be common around here), all of which earned the dining experience two thumbs down.

Unfortunately, that was my second poor dining experience that day. Earlier we were in Iowa City for a doctor’s appointment and we ate fast food chinese at the Coral Ridge Mall. It was just not a good day for eating out.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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8 Responses to Not So Pleasant Dining Experience

  1. Anonymous says:

    What is it w/ Lutheran pastors and martinis? Pastor Disaster likens himself to a great martini connoisseur, vicar Lehman (Weedon’s Blog)lauds his own martinis and now you too Herr Reverend. I understand the German culture and the historical role of beer (yikes Luther, have another)but martinis are an intentional attempt at mood alteration.

    So the question is; doesn’t alcohol get in the way with one’s discipleship walk? Or the even larger question does alcohol diminish one’s effectiveness as Christ’s under shepherd?

    No, I’m not Baptist…..but I do question the legitimacy that alcohol plays in the life of the pastor. What say you Pastor Beisel?


  2. Pastor Beisel says:

    I suppose that if I was getting drunk on martinis, that would probably diminish my effectiveness as an under shepherd, especially if it was impairing my ability to preach and conduct the divine service. Drunkenness is a sin. Pastors should avoid abusing God’s gifts, as well as all Christians. Having a martini, a beer, a glass of scotch, or a margarita does not, in my opinion, violate any Scriptural principle.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So true what you say.

    But distilled spirits are powerful libations that can deceptively skew our mind, body and soul.

    It is a powerful enemy that we face. The arsenal at our disposal (Ephesians 6)can be forgotten by libations that have the power to pollute and destroy.

    You are too important to the Kingdom to not be awares. God bless you tomorrow as you preach the right Word of God.


  4. Pastor Beisel says:

    Again, you are right. When too much alcohol is consumed, it does have a tendency to make us forget who we are and makes us easy targets for the Devil. I would be lying if I said that this had never happened to me…in my younger days. I appreciate your concerns.

    I wonder how it is that Jesus was called a drunkard and a wine-bibber by the Pharisees. Maybe he too was known to have a couple drinks on occasion.

  5. Anonymous says:

    From one anonymous person to another….loosen up and have a martini (you’ll be in a better frame of mind)!

  6. Pastor Beisel says:

    I almost forgot about the ant in the salt shaker. Yes, there was an ant crawling around in the salt shaker.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Strong drink doth not a good pastor make……I did loosen up..had a great meal with God, on God.


  8. Father Hollywood says:

    If I might weigh in on this one. I have a confession to make: I don’t drink very much at all. Yes, this is a shocking confession for a New Orleanian to make – especially given that all throughout the New Orleans area we have Daiquiri shops (one chain alone has 30 locations) – many with drive through windows. It is borderline heresy.

    Be that as it may, I do enjoy occasional beer, wine, and especially “girly” drinks, including daiquiris (of course). Here in the tropics, I have found frozen mojitos to really hit the spot (a Cuban mint drink). They’re not easy to find even in the Big Easy.

    A couple of points need to be made: a drink is a drink. The amount of alcohol consumed in a standard beer, glass of wine, shot of liquor, or mixed drink is the same. So, having a martini is no more brain addling than having a beer. Having two beers is no less mind-warping than two martinis. And of course, everyone’s tolerance is different.

    One more point needs to be made: while beer is the official Lutheran beverage, martinis must have some standing as well (even though I write as one who has never had one). Martini is Latin for “Martin’s” and there are Lutheran churches called “Martini.” In fact, I’ve often wondered what we would call it if a “Martini Lutheran Church” and a “Mount Olive Lutheran Church” were to combine.

    Would it be: “Martini-Mount-Olive,” or “Mount-Olive-Martini”?

    Profound question indeed…

    But the best prooftext for alcohol consumption is Prov. 31:6-7.

    Cheers! 🙂

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