After work yesterday Kim and I headed over to Q Cumbers in Edina, MN for dinner. I had wanted to visit this location since I started my healthy eating but we just hadn’t had the chance until last night.
I picked Kim up from the 28th Ave LRT station and braved the 494 traffic in Bloomington (which was a real fucking bitch) and exited on France and of course missed the entrance into the area that the restaurant was located. After driving around and back in we walked down from the McDonald’s parking lot and across Centennial Lakes park and back up into Q Cumbers.
I realized that this location was buffet-style but was expecting a little more when I walked in and they are charging $9.75/person. Yeah, yeah, it’s all you can eat salad bar (I thought the “Do Not Waste” and “All You Can Eat, Not All You Can Throw Away” signs were a bit much honestly).
I have been eating a fuckton of salad lately and it’s a bit tiring to have the same old shit with fat free dressing. I was quite happy to see a couple of fat free dressings, all homemade apparently, that were being offered by Q Cumbers. I have come to the realization after eating all that shit that you’re best taking something you have never heard of before so that you have no preconceived notion of how it should taste and you are far less disappointed when you put it on your tongue and find that “Fat Free Ranch” really tastes like fucking horseshit and not anything like Hidden Valley’s Original Buttermilk Ranch.
Anyway, the veggies to choose from were fairly limited and I certainly wasn’t impressed with the selection. Instead of having two identical rows of limited veggies, they should really add a bunch of extra stuff that would make it almost worth the $9.75/person. I will admit that they either use some really brightly colored vegetables or some visual aids to make them look like even more colorful than nature could have possibly made them.
I piled up two huge plates of salad and used their fat free sundried tomato/basil dressing to cover it. They also had two huge peppermills and some stuff like Mrs. Dash seasoning.
The salad with dressing was pretty good. I make my own at home that are far better but I did really like the dressing. They should bottle that shit and sell it right next to the others from the “real” salad dressing companies. They would sell a ton to fat people like me.
Anyway, the additional offerings that apparently make it worth $9.75/person are steamed veggies, some sort of baked fish that I poured hot sauce all over to kill the awful taste and fajita and taco fixings. All of these extra food items were just about on par with anything that Old Country Buffet offers — except it costs a lot more and they have a lot less. To be fair, I didn’t try the ice cream but the little girl at a nearby table who had two parental units with little or no parenting skills apparently liked it and the effects of the sugar was more than apparent.
We’d probably go back just for the salad dressing but I’m not sure if I couldn’t find an equally priced salad elsewhere that was better and didn’t make me feel like a criminal for filling up more than one plate for fear of wasting even one shred of lettuce.