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Are You A Regular Anywhere?

It's recently come to my attention that I've been to very few restaurants more than three times. Personally I love trying new things and have yet to find that place that is like a second home. However some folks don't like exploring and really enjoy going to the same place over and over again.

Recently, British newspaper The Guardian ran an article about folks who are "regulars." Included in it was the story of Mary and Lee Humphrey, an elderly couple that's been eating at their McDonald's every weekday for the last 17 years.

We call it "the office" now and our relatives will ask us how the office is and have a little joke about it. We almost have our own table and if someone else is sitting there then, oh boy, I have to sit somewhere else and I feel like I'm lost. We never go to any other restaurants, you'll never see us anywhere else.

On one hand I'd love to find a place that I could visit everyday and have my own seat. Yet on the other hand I love trying new places that I'm not sure I would ever allow myself to find that perfect place! How about you guys, are you a regular anywhere?

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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 10 years
My husband and I have been going to the same coffee shop B&B. They even know my son, he first started going when he was just 2 weeks old. Now that he is two he recognizes them out on the street and yells their name just to say HI.
blackjade blackjade 10 years
Friday's get off of work early and almost always stop by a pizza/bread shop a few blocks from my house. I get a slice of pizza or two and a scone for Saturday's breakfast. There's also a breakfast/brunch place I've been going to since I was 5. I don't go with any regularity - but when I do I still order one of the 2 or 3 things I've ordered for the past 24 years :)
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 10 years
there is this place in my town called chef's table and well they make a whole bunch of foods and have a salad bar with the best stuff on it! it is expensive but my sister and i shell out the bucks and get a whole bunch of food. since we go there so often, we are now friends with the people who work there and they give us large discounts: it rocks!! that is what happens when you are a 'regular!'
ryanmcnitt ryanmcnitt 10 years
when i go to my local haunts, im treated much better than i would be at a place where im not recognized, so i do tend to visit my favorites often
bibelot bibelot 10 years
There's a cafe near my law school that I like to visit sometimes. They'll let student run a tab, the coffee's delicious, and they have good food, too. There's only one problem: it's become such a popular meeting place for students that it's no longer a very good place to study!
paii paii 10 years
I'm not a hang-out connoisseur. I like to try new places until I'm acquainted with what there is to offer. If i do find one establishment i prefer, i do have a tendency to frequent it often.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 10 years
I worked at an A&W in a smallish town and there were lots of regulars who were in every day and had been for years. Some would come a few times a day!
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
There is a little hole in the wall mexican place called Lupe's just a few miles away. My boyfriend and i have been going there for almost three years, they have the best authentic mexican food and homemade chips and salsa! I absolutley love them and they always know our orders right we when we walk in! I have tried going to other mexican places but i always end up complaining that its "Not as good as Lupe's" LOL.
supergurl supergurl 10 years
i swear i have restaurant/coffee shop/bar A.D.D. I'm rarely at the same place consistantly because I'm usually all over the place! Plus NYC has so many great places to try.
smp7328 smp7328 10 years
My friend works at chilis so i go hang out and visit with her on Fridays and then Starbucks on my way to work during the week - everyone at that one location knows how to make my caramel hot chocolate.
aibrean aibrean 10 years
We live in a very walkable neighborhood that's also close to where we went to school. We've been eating at our local Thai place for over 10 years, so they know us by sight, by name, and that we like it spicy with extra napkins. Nearby, there's an ice cream shop - where we are "testers" - getting to try the latest homemade concoctions first! Back home, my family always goes to a restaurant my brother has cooked at for years, where not only are we known by all the staff and half the customers, but where the owners will come and chat for a while. That said - we still love to try new places - though I'm pretty ice-cream loyal.
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
Well my friend owns a bar and grill so of course i'm a regular there. bartender knows my drink- it's nice.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
There's a Chinese food place that I eat at once a week because I love it so much. They're usually pretty busy, but the take out people recognize me. Also, there's a bagel place that my bf and I go to every Sunday morning that knows us pretty well. Other than that, the places where people really knew me are back in my hometown.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
I think my problem is that I'll try a different restaurant but, I'll find something I like on the menu and thats what I eat at that place everytime. So basically, I tend to have the same meal at different places.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I love being a regular. I like developing relationships with the bartenders and servers. I also apply the same philosophy to the stores I most frequent.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 10 years
haha yea.. there are a few places my boyfriend and i go to that are close to work.. and everyday the girls there come and say hi.. lol its almost embarrassing haha
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
I am a regular at The local Library-in fact when i come in the door they say to me immediately "someone will get you your holds in a sec!" Local Sushi place- The lady knows my voice on the phone now Local Publix- they always ask me "whats for dinner?"
annebreal annebreal 10 years
Nope, just Starbucks, and I'm not sure that really counts because caffeine addiction makes you a regular! But in high school I worked at a McDonald's and had a dozen or so regulars, it was so bizarre to me. Like that story, there was one elderly woman who had been coming in every day since the place was built, in '83 or something. I loved all of them, made my hell of a job a lot more bearable, because they actually appreciated all my stressed-out hard work and we had good chats. They'd be bummed if I changed from days to nights or if I was doing drive-thru instead of counter, which was a little weird but cool. When I went to college I got a lot of hugs, it was really cute.
auddie auddie 10 years
No matter where I live, I always end up having being a regular at the local neighborhood bar.
Nickey Nickey 10 years
I do like trying new places for dinner though. I try to hit a new dinner spot with my girls at least once a month. We have a weekend that we must all get together and do something. We call it our "date weekend" and on one of the days we usually do dinner at a restaurant we've never been to before.
Nickey Nickey 10 years
During the semester, I go to a particular bookstore to study with a friend and I'm kind of a regular there. I recognize the other regulars. Me and the girls also hit the same bar to party on Thursdays and Sundays when we go out. They know our names and miss us when we don't go for a few months.
SugarCat SugarCat 10 years
I have a couple of places, but part of the fun of dining/going out is trying new places.
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
I have my favorites, but I don't go there frequently to the point where they know my name. I like going to new places when I go out to eat! :)
memorie memorie 10 years
That's very cool, karisaamy :) As for me, I don't go anywhere often enough to be considered a "regular"... would be nice, though :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
when i lived back in Missouri, my college friends and i always hit up the local burger place on tuesday nights for $1 burgers. they got to be pretty familiar with us. i've also been known to always choose steak'n'shake or red lobster but that was back in missouri where those two restaurants are very common. i can't find my beloved steak'n'shake on the east coast. :(
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