Nearly two years ago, I wrote a post about the dismal on-base eating choices. Then, choices included Captain D’s, Macaroni Grill, Popeyes, Burger King, Subway, and Pizza Hut. My hunt for a satisfying salad led me to Chili’s on Kadena Air Base. Yes. That statement does speak volumes.
Months ago, a sign notified patrons that Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen (think Popeyes but with seafood) was closing. Having eaten there once, I was grateful for the news. The establishment served fried and breaded seafood. ([S] and I shared a stone cold chicken salad, which likely had been sitting in the refrigerator for longer than I’d like to imagine.)
A few weeks ago, as I was driving by Captain D’s former home, a large white and red sign was hung stating, “Arby’s.” The fast food establishment opened weeks ago and lines were out the door. The drive through line was so long makeshift lanes were created for lunchtime. Really.
The last time I ate at an Arby’s stateside was five years ago. I remember because, then, I thought the restaurant had gone the way of Roy Roger’s. Surprise. It hadn’t. Today, at least in Okinawa, it is a thriving enterprise. Indeed, the one time we attempted to eat lunch at Arby’s, the line was far too long for any reasonable person to wait.
Today, at 1:40 p.m., we attempted to eat at Arby’s again. Nearly all seats were taken, but there was no line. We order two roasted turkey gyros, a small ham and cheese slider, a vanilla milkshake, large curly fries, and a drink. The gyros were vegetable heavy and served with a yogurt based sauce–certainly healthier than other dining options available.
It was an experience. But it’s not one that I plan on repeating any time soon.