I should start off first saying this was a tragedy. Corvette Diner

Corvette Diner
2965 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 542-1476

Last Saturday, Max decided to surprise me with a restaurant date. We went to the Corvette Diner for some quick eats and a re-match of air hockey. Max always says he’s the best at air hockey but we all know different (wink). Anyways the Diner was packed on a Saturday night with waits up to 45 minutes but heck we’d thought why not check it out since we had time.

The Diner is 50’s style with crazy 50’s decorations, their waitresses in poofy wigs and get ups and they serve diner food (burgers, fries, shakes, chicken). Also what makes this restaurant special is that they had this connected ‘gamer garage’ with arcade games.

We were seated in a black light room, with neon prints, and green table that could hold your shadow. Our waitress held a big blond wig, 50’s attire filled with flair, and was prompt with her service.

Unfortunately, yelp did not prepare us for the chaotic environment we were soon to experience. It seemed the rest of the patrons were all there for their child’s birthday party so there was a lot of yelling & screaming, the staff participated in birthday songs/dances about every 20 mins, and  there was a traveling balloon person. It was like being stuck with tons of children on a sugar high who were just let loose! But nevertheless I liked the 50’s classics that they played and I was actually impressed by the balloon artist. He seemed very talented.

I ordered the Oreo & Cream Milkshake $6
The shake was very thick but the portions were nice so technically you could share. This treat is usually one of my favorites. But don’t forget this is tragedy not a romance! ( to be continued…)
Chicken Strips & Honey Mustard $9
I ordered this as my entrée since I was carving chicken fingers since Lobster Wednesday. Anyways the chicken was ok, it was run of the mill chicken strips. The honey mustard was absolutely DISGUSTING. It tasted like the kitchen just mixed a sauce and it was an afterthought to add honey to it.
The Western Burger with Fries $9
The diner had a lot of strange-sounding burgers like the Elvis with peanut butter and bacon. Max opted for the Western which came with onion rings, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. It looked so big due to the fried onion rings but was manageable to consume.

The meal costs us about $30 with tax + tip. I felt it was bit pricey as the food was mediocre compared to Studio Diner. The environment was too crowded and loud on a Saturday for me. But up to this point none of it was a tragedy. However like most tragedies it strucks when you least expect it to.

This is a picture of their “gamer’s garage” on the other side with the hockey tables (which they had two of). You buy a gamer card with points on it and their games costs $1-2 each.

Sadly, tragedy struck and I found myself feeling nauseous. I’ve always had a alert stomach so if something is wrong I know almost immediately. I attribute this talent due to my study abroad in China. Anyways, I soon found myself face to face with toilet puking up my shake and chicken. After I attempted to walk outside to get some fresh air.

Max went to speak with their manager about the situation and inform them about my sickness. I returned feeling exhausted after puking again to an short haired blond shift manager denying the possibility of the situation and telling us to leave!

She kept arguing that is was IMPOSSIBLE that I could have gotten sick because they follow health codes and it has to be HOURS after consumption that food can make you sick. Her final argument was that I must have I eaten something earlier and there was NOTHING they could do. At this point the restaurant was staring at us, I was attempting not to puke again, and frustrated we left.

The whole oddity of the situation was NEVER ONCE did the Manager apologize, offer any concern, or attempt to check in the kitchen.
The whole time she spent yelling at us when we did not ask for anything but to explain the problem.  At the end of the debacle she offered to take our names & number to check up but a 3 days later still no call.

Her complete and firm denial that their food had caused my illness was something new to me. Why would I lie? Puking is not a activity that worth engaging in especially with milk products! !! But since we had already paid the bill it seemed that she could not care less.

Anyways I spent the rest of the night in the bathroom to Max’s dismay.

{Question for Readers}
This is not my first debacle with a restaurant mishap but this my first time the staff in return yelled at me and denied the problem.
Have you had a poor restaurant experience? How did you deal with it? How did the the restaurant staff react? Do you have any suggestions on to handle a such a situation?


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