Randy's : A hometown diner done right
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 16:10
It was a dark and stormy afternoon in Fargo. The halls of NDSU were eerily silent, except for the constant beating of rain upon the rooftop. The lined walls of closed classroom doors revealed through their windows desks filled with students, who lifelessly scribbled notes into their notebooks like programmed machines.
Professors barely stopped to take a breath as they ranted about their apparently ever-so-important favorite subject. Students’ heads slowly fell forward in response to the wave of fatigue that seemed to flow from the professor when all of a sudden came a HUNGER STRIKE! And all remaining ability to concentrate vanished…poof!
As frightening as it may be, this horror story is based off of true events in my life.
Shocking, I know.
Luckily, there was a ray of light last week where this tale ended when I was able to fend off my hunger by going to a diner down University called “Randy’s.”
Upon walking into Randy’s from the damp chill outside, I was instantly hit by the warmth of the restaurant as a man (whom I proceeded to name Randy in my head) greeted me with a smile.
Our waitress followed up this warm welcome by being the perfect example of a caring hostess, wanting to make sure that her guests were as comfortable as possible. She was also the only waitress on duty at the time, but still seemed to take care of everyone in a timely fashion without seeming rushed. I almost felt like I was really part of the family there—or maybe a regular to say the least.
Randy’s has the typical diner look to it, with slightly outdated decorations, but still the cleanliness and comfort of home (except usually your home doesn’t have booths arranged in rows with trays filled with jelly servings and a multitude of sugar packet varieties—unless yours do—then good for you).
Being that it was your typical diner, my friend ordered the “lunch special” sandwich melt off of the placard on the table, while I went for the breakfast for lunch option with a garden skillet. All I have to say is that it was definitely a good choice for warming myself up from the weather outside.
Another plus to the hearty meal of hash browns, veggies and eggs smothered in hollandaise sauce was the choice of coffee cake as a side. The usual options of toast or pancakes were available as well, but what restaurant ever has coffee cake?! It was like the cherry on top to a wonderful meal.
After my trip to Randy’s, I felt like I was ready to go out and conquer the world of college again. Randy’s is not a fancy place I would bring people I want to impress, but it is a place to which I would love to bring family and friends.
Now I know you probably were not as pleased as I was that this story had a happy ending, but just remember that if you find yourself suddenly attacked by hunger, Randy’s is great place to refuel from the gloom of school in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.