by Mary Dickinson
November 17, 2005
Although the building looked quite natural with the other structures nearby, it was fairly new and not there when the Ringlings inhabited the estate. We could have had our lunch on the screened in veranda but I wanted to be seated inside. The interior was glassed in and warmer. The restaurant will seat 155 people. Little round tables covered with Venetian tablecloths and Art Deco chairs gave the informal building a dressed up appearance.
The lunch menu was kept simple with hot soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Bob ordered a classic Reuben for $8 and I ordered a roast beef sandwich, also only $8. While we were waiting, I ordered a cup of cappuccino, $3, and Bob had a diet Coke, $1. My sandwich had a choice of toppings: cheese, lettuce, tomato, or onion, and a bread choice of white, wheat, marble rye, or a Kaiser roll. I choose tomato with white bread. The sandwiches were delicious, but seem to be created for people who were on a very strict diet, as were the drinks.
Although it is exciting to have lunch there, I prefer restaurants that serve more for the money, especially if I’m hungry. There were other little cafes on the premises but they had about the same menu. That restaurant was quite full when we arrived, we had to wait a long time to be seated, and then a long time for our food. It would make more sense to eat somewhere before we arrived, or bring a lunch and eat in our car. That way, we could stop at the Banyan Cafe for a much needed break, to rest our legs, after going through the museum.
From journal Three Ringling Circus