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Friday is a Great Day for Food- A Teenage Perspective

July 27, 2018
By Elise Osteen

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After waiting all week, it’s finally time for my favorite day, Food Friday. Disclaimer: if you haven’t eaten lunch yet, this might be a little hard to read. My apologies. At first, I couldn’t think of a whole lot of local restaurants, but, after sitting down and naming them all, I realized I had a lot more options to choose from than my stomach could handle in one day. I sure did try, though.

After being convinced to wake up extra early, I went with my dad to Guignard Diner, where I spoke with Bobbie Richardson while I drank coffee (naturally) and had really good pancakes- a great way to start off my Friday morning. I felt bad for interrupting the Romeo Club that eats there every morning, but I had good reasons to do so. Everyone in the Sumter area and even all across America know who Bobbie Richardson is, but, for most who don’t know, he is actually the man responsible for re-introducing my grandparents and getting them back together, and if it wasn’t for him, I might have never even existed, so thanks. The former second baseman for the Yankees loves Outback steak, the Guignard Diner’s country cooking, and how supportive Sumter has been through all the years. He said Sumter used to even have parades for him in honor of him being named MVP on a losing team. He’s been a player, coach, speaker, and so much more throughout his lifetime, and I’m so glad I got the chance to speak with him and listen to him tell stories, and to also eat pancakes.

For my first snack of the day, I stopped at Willie Sue’s, where I ordered the same thing I get pretty much every time- the house salad. My waitress called me out for not being adventurous with my food-making decisions, which I guess I deserved, but the salad was still very good. It was a lot of food, so I decided to take the rest home in a to-go box, which, of course, I left on the table. Good going, me. I’ll be back soon, though, to try the gator bites my waitress suggested and to get the salad again, of course.

Next, we stopped at Yummy, the new Thai restaurant on Broad. I took my brother to get Pad Thai, and so I could try Boba tea for the first time. They make whatever flavor you want (and there are quite a lot of options,) and then you can add in the flavored beads that go with it. Since they had a buy three get one free option, we got a mango, banana-strawberry, chocolate, and Taro flavored (with the beads.) They were all delicious, but my personal favorite was chocolate. My brother also figured out that some flavors of the beads burst when you bite them, which is fun, until he thinks it’s a good idea to throw them at my car and watch them explode. I made him wash my car, don’t worry.

Sarah ended up joining John and I (again, but we love her,) for a snack of fried mac and cheese and collard greens at Simply Southern Bistro. I’ve always wanted to try the fried balls of mac and cheese, so today just seemed like the perfect day to do it. And, oh boy, was I glad I got those. I definitely give them a 10/10, and now I know what I’m ordering next time.

Considering my stomach was about to explode from the amount of food I had consumed, my last visit was to Baskin Robbins so I could try something else that was strawberry cheesecake flavored, my new favorite dessert- for the fourth time this week. I got a (small) cup of strawberry cheesecake ice cream, which, I must say, was very good, even though I couldn’t finish it all for obvious reasons. I realize my last stop wasn’t local, but, next time you’re thinking of stopping at another chain restaurant for the millionth time, why not try something local? They’re more options around you than you think that you can only find here, so go out and try something new today.


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Friday is a Great Day for Food- A Teenage Perspective
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