Jimmy Buffett’s Margarittaville was the restaurant to follow the Saturday morning ceremony at Onondaga Community College.
One, said Elisabeth, the Destiny USA location probably would not be overrun with graduates and family from the campus on the other side of the county. Two, she’d never been to the laid-back chain honoring the Florida singer of that vein.
My dear wife Karen and I departed the campus before the last of the graduates had been called to the stage, better to beat the traffic and secure our table for four.
I spied the afternoon’s entertainment, a young lady on stilts.
Our waiter informed us that her name was Anna, but not until he’d brought us a nice Merlot for me, tasty Bloody Mary for Karen and splendid drunken shrimp appetizer to share. I told him I’d like Anna to visit our young lady of honor when she arrived.
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Elisabeth and wonderful significant George Three were all smiles when they arrived.
It was about time my 26-year-old offspring got to experience this place. Karen and I have been to the ones in Key West and Niagara Falls. When I said I wanted to title this blog piece “Jeez, daughter in Paradise” and she didn’t get the reference to the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” my old-man-ness struck me again. Then my daughter saw that item offered on the menu … Karen said the title was a stretch regardless.
Anna sauntered over pretty smoothly and was surprised when I addressed her by name. She answered my curiosity with the explanation that she’d gotten the job by displaying good balance on her first day there.
Yes, please, Elisabeth said to a balloon crown.
And Anna quickly fashioned one in OCC colors.
The food was good, too. The guest of honor liked her cheeseburger, George and Karen appreciated their fish tacos, and I could only finish half of my huge club sandwich but got down all but a couple of the sweet potato fries.
Have you ever eaten at Margaritaville, and is so, what did you think? Have you ever tried to walk on stilts, and if so, how did that go? Which is your favorite Jimmy Buffett song, and why?