Caution: Pop’s Roadside Eatery may make your head spin
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 16:10
Upon adventuring into the great outdoors of Fargo late one school evening, a friend and I decided to try something new. We chose to hit up Mom’s Diner, or Pop’s Roadside Eatery or Tailgators Sports Cafe… I couldn’t figure out exactly where we were eating. I think we were dining at Mom’s? Wait, no, it definitely wasn’t that one…maybe Pop’s? I’m still slightly confused as to where I actually ate.
This conglomerate of restaurants is united in a large building that I have passed by many a time on my drive down Main Street. I have always questioned its existence and was finally prepared to try it out for the first time and with high expectations. My conclusive feelings are that I am still confused.
If I understand this business, (which I really am not claiming I do) Tailgators, Pop’s, and Mom’s are all located in one building. At Tailgators, you have to be 21 to enter, so I assume it’s mainly a bar (but these are also things that you can never really figure out when trying to eat out with people who are under 21).
On the other side of the building there is Mom’s and Pop’s, for which there is one door that you enter Mom’s and then also have the option to continue on through a doorway into Pop’s.
While Mom’s looks like your typical roadside diner, you know, kind of looks like your grandma’s house, Pop’s is actually themed somewhat like a garage with the most noticeable characteristic being the license plates that spackled the walls. Although it didn’t seem like they put too much effort in the design, they did have TVs at almost every booth, which appeared to be entertaining to the regulars who didn’t look like they planned on leaving anytime soon...
We ended up finding our spot in the Pop’s section of the eatery, ordering Mom’s onion rings, a Cajun chicken pita and a breakfast burger…from some kitchen located in the building or another (evidently all three restaurants also share kitchens, so you can decide where you want your food from. Maybe? Sort of? Where were we eating at again?)
The food was of the average diner quality—good but not anything out of this world.
I was impressed by their pitas though, since many restaurants do not carry such items…unless they are the Pita Pit or Extreme Pita, who do not carry anything else.
The onion rings were also battered in the store, giving them a slightly fresher quality that, to be honest, I can’t really taste in onion rings anyways. They’re deep fried, and they taste like deep-fried food, that is all.
As a final comment, I only saw one waitress in the building the entire time. I mean, they weren’t that busy, but there were quite a few awkward moments where I was waiting impatiently—due to hunger of course—for service to arrive. Not to mention, I think I asked her relatively normal restaurant questions that seemed to confuse her about what food they actually served there.
So, I don’t know if I made this clear, but as to not confuse you, this eating experience was really confusing for me. I don’t like being confused… I really don’t like being confused.
If anything the food was good, but nothing really it made it an experience that I would like to go through again.