A Stranger in America Food in America : Furr’s Fresh Buffet
By : Hatem Dhwibi
And I saw this small little babe girl looking at me, her mother was feeding her and she was looking toward me smiling, laughing, giggling. I put down the knife and the fork, stopped eating and I started looking back at her and giving her funny faces and she was imitating me. The joy of being a small kid is something we live once, that’s the reason why we love watching kids. Where I was? I was having a late lunch in a restaurant.
Food places in Arkansas are all around, people love to eat. During my days around here in Fort Smith Arkansas, I have noticed that there are 4 major categories of food ; American food, Mexican food, Italian food and Chinese food. Of course my wish was to see a place that says Tunisian food but unfortunately. The type of service is almost the same everywhere, you go in and ask for a table, for one or two or whatever, you get a table and sometimes you will have to wait so long in order for a table to be available. After that you get your menu and before you eat, you will have to choose something to drink then you wait again to be served. Most of the times when I was asked to choose something to drink, I start asking myself what if I don’t want anything to drink? After eating, you get your bill, when you pay the bill you have to leave a tip. I asked “what if I didn’t leave a tip?”, the answer was that you will be considered a bad client, may be next time they will put something in your food!! Between me and myself I felt like they have the right to consider me a felon and put me in jail if I didn’t leave a tip. What if I didn’t have enough money for a tip?
We can’t really judge something before we live it. After being here for days, I realized that most of those who work in restaurants rely on these tips to live because their wages are low. I won’t judge if that was fair or not.
The restaurant I was in is different. It was an open Buffet. You pay 10 dollars for lunch and you have the choice between hundreds of types of food, meat, vegetables, desserts… I guess anything anyone desire was there. And you can go and refill your plate if you still want to eat and you will not be charged. And the most important thing is that you do not have to leave a tip, but of course you can if you want to.
Furr’s Fresh Restaurant is unique, the idea is unique, the food is fresh. One thing confused me was the jello, I didn’t know if I have to chew it or swallow it. But I loved the place although I couldn’t understand the name of it, Furr?. I always have questions so I kept asking myself who or what is Furr? I enjoyed the food, also the place, it was wide and calm, the place was really big.
I did not have a difficulty getting use to the type of food here, I still miss the Tunisian food so much though. A lot of my readers have an idea about food in America, I will give those who do not know a more detailed idea about food in the upcoming articles.
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