I Go To The Hospital Just To Eat At The Cafeteria

by Zacman
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I'm not kidding.

I go to hospital cafeterias when I'm not even visiting anyone at the hospital instead of going to a restaurant all the time!

Not only is the food cheap, it often better than most restaurants and the selection is always different. Plus you can actually see what you are ordering, and only pay for what you want.

Another benefit is you meet plenty of nurses and or medical staff etc.

Some of my local hospitals even think I'm a doctor or medical equipment executive or something.

I've even thought of taking a date to a hospital cafeteria, is that going too far?

I was thinking the other day when eating at one....why do they call a doctor's business his "practice"?

Shouldn't he have had all the "practice" he needs before he became a doctor?

Cheers,
Zac
P.S. Anyone else like hospital cafeterias?
#hostpital cafeteria
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I eat at hospital cafecterias quite often. We have medical "compleses" where I am whixh is basically a hospital with all the drs located off hubs of the hospital,so it nothing for me to see my kidney dr and then walk to the cafeteria.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zacman
      Yes, I never leave a hospital without visiting the cafeteria.

      I love the laid back atmosphere.

      Plus, you don't have to tip the waiter!

      Cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
        Originally Posted by Zacman View Post

        I'm not kidding.
        I go to hospital cafeterias when I'm not even visiting anyone at the hospital instead of going to a restaurant all the time!
        Some of my local hospitals even think I'm a doctor or medical equipment executive or something.
        I've even thought of taking a date to a hospital cafeteria, is that going too far?
        Cheers,
        Zac
        P.S. Anyone else like hospital cafeterias?
        Originally Posted by Zacman View Post

        Yes, I never leave a hospital without visiting the cafeteria.

        I love the laid back atmosphere.
        Plus, you don't have to tip the waiter!
        Cheers,
        Zac
        ? what a funny post ? "i never leave a hospital without visiting the café" - is normal just to hang out in a hospital ? so you can the go to the café ?

        "anyone thought of taking your date to a hospital café, is it going to far, and what laid back atmosphere" ? what ?,

        i am not sure what hospital café you visit, but the ones i have spend the last 20 or so years of my life in are surrounded by sick and terminally ill people or people dying from injury or disease, i have personally seen more children pass away from terminal illness than i can spot in any school yard at recess time on any given day, there would be days where i would see a little girl or boy happily eating lunch in the café and the next day we never seen them again as they had passed away, ? i am not sure any hospital café would be any different, you must be a hoot to take a lady on a date, a barrel of fun.

        "some of the people think i am a doctor or medical equip exec" ? are you sure ? but then again you said "I am not kidding"

        all i can say is, no comment buddy / no comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Originally Posted by Zacman View Post

    I've even thought of taking a date to a hospital cafeteria, is that going too far?
    Yes. Too far, too far! Please don't ever do that. At the very least, you need to slowly ease them into "going out" to eat at a hospital cafeteria.


    Originally Posted by Zacman

    Anyone else like hospital cafeterias?
    Not me. I rank it up to cafeteria at college. It got the job done but I don't miss the mystery casserole and tater tots.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johndb
      I go to the supermarket to eat breakfast... It's not even the nearest one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
    Hospital food = Cack.
    Jail food = Where's the barf bag?!
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    • Profile picture of the author QuickSurf
      Pretty funny, when I was younger we would go to the hospital for their fried clams, I don't know what they did but their fried clams were better than any sea food restaurant. They don't have it know, actually used to be a nice restaurant inside, now they closes that and only have a normal medical cafeteria that's pretty blahh when I tried it visiting someone there.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        I've even thought of taking a date to a hospital cafeteria, is that going too far?
        Well, first I wondered how you'd be able to top that on the second date. Thinking about it, I realized that probably wouldn't be something you'd have to worry about....

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  • Profile picture of the author gvannorman
    I just ate at the snack bar at the local hospital. Actually I was there for a reason, but I got hungry so what the heck...grab a quick soda and a wrap.
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    • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
      Zacman-I bet that the food offered in a hospital must be fresh, well balanced and the hygiene standards must be high. So in that sense it is a good choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazy
    I do this. The local hospital has the best hamburgers in town.
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  • Profile picture of the author alysemackie
    That sounds absurd. i personally don't like hospitals. Anyway, that is your trip also.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andie
      Originally Posted by alysemackie View Post

      That sounds absurd. i personally don't like hospitals. Anyway, that is your trip also.
      I avoid them like the plague myself..........has never even crossed my mind to just "stop by" the hospital for Any reason that wasn't necessary LOL

      btw: alyse is my daughters name and in 20 years I've never run across another who spelled it the same way. she hates it :p

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      • Profile picture of the author Lazy
        Originally Posted by Andie View Post


        btw: alyse is my daughters name and in 20 years I've never run across another who spelled it the same way. she hates it :p

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        Head to San Francisco. They are EVERYWHERE.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by Andie View Post

        I avoid them like the plague myself..........has never even crossed my mind to just "stop by" the hospital for Any reason that wasn't necessary ...

        Why even have to pay for it, when you can get hospital meals for free. Just call 911. They will pick you up anytime or anywhere, escort you in quickly like a celebrity, and even provide full room service.
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        • Profile picture of the author Lazy
          Originally Posted by myob View Post

          Why even have to pay for it, when you can get hospital meals for free. Just call 911. They will pick you up, escort you in like a celebrity, and even provide full room service.
          Until your insurance company denies the claim and you're a million dollars in debt.
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          • Profile picture of the author myob
            Originally Posted by Lazy View Post

            Until your insurance company denies the claim and you're a million dollars in debt.
            I see that you must not be getting GR, are you?
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            • Profile picture of the author Lazy
              Originally Posted by myob View Post

              I see that you must not be getting GR, are you?
              Considering I have no idea what GR even means, probably not.
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              • Profile picture of the author myob
                Originally Posted by Lazy View Post

                Considering I have no idea what GR even means, probably not.
                GR= General Relief, ie welfare. BTW, all of the hospitals in our area even have free cable TV and wifi.
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                • Profile picture of the author Lazy
                  Originally Posted by myob View Post

                  GR= General Relief, ie welfare. BTW, all of the hospitals in our area even have free cable TV and wifi.
                  Say no more. Canceling cable and breaking my ankle in 5...4...3...2..
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        • Profile picture of the author seasoned
          Originally Posted by myob View Post

          Why even have to pay for it, when you can get hospital meals for free. Just call 911. They will pick you up anytime or anywhere, escort you in quickly like a celebrity, and even provide full room service.
          Actually, the prize for calling 911 with no real emergency can be a trip to PRISON, and you can get PRISON food. If they DO take you to the hospital, expect 3+ hours before anything happens! ALSO, the first ambulance may cost more than your deductible.

          ALSO, the food they feed the PATIENTS is often not as good as what everyone else gets. When I was last in a hospital where food was offered, they REFUSED to give me icecream, etc.... Ironically, they read that I had some heart related problem, and put me on a "heart healthy" diet that I was NOT supposed to have. It could have given me a stroke! I had to FIGHT to get a little ice cream. In their restaurant, they have MORE choices, and it is BETTER food.

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    lol,you got to be kidding me
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      If you choke on your food or get food poisoning, there's always qualified medical professionals around to help you when you eat at the hospital.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lazy
        Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

        If you choke on your food or get food poisoning, there's always qualified medical professionals around to help you when you eat at the hospital.
        IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?!
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    There is nothing that says a hospital HAS to have bad food. The two here that I went to are pretty good. They are associated with ANOTHER that advertises itself like a 5 star hotel. NO KIDDING!

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  • Profile picture of the author 82ana
    O_o

    Taking a date to a hospital cafeteria? Not a good idea. No.
    Come to think of it, if you like it maybe some girl will too...
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    • Profile picture of the author Lazy
      Originally Posted by 82ana View Post

      O_o

      Taking a date to a hospital cafeteria? Not a good idea. No.
      Come to think of it, if you like it maybe some girl will too...
      The less he spends on food, the more he can spend on jewelry
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      • Profile picture of the author 82ana
        Originally Posted by Lazy View Post

        The less he spends on food, the more he can spend on jewelry
        Step away from the gold chain, lazy. That will only look good on "The Situation"!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Roy
    You guys take your dates to the hospital cafeteria?

    I go there to pick up dates
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by Adam Roy View Post

      ...I go there to pick up dates
      Is it the patients or nurses?
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Wow, my experience with hospital food is very different. American hospitals must offer better food than Canadian ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
      Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

      Wow, my experience with hospital food is very different. American hospitals must offer better food than Canadian ones.
      Nope, American hospital food sucks. When I was in the hospital I damn near starved to death because the food sucked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    That's just the kind of off the wall thinking I like.
    At least you can be reasonably sure that it's hygienic.

    I'm not to sure about the date thing tho, women tend to get awful judgmental about things like that. Might as well take her to McDonalds on a bus.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lazy
    If you take a lady to the hospital for dinner, and she calls you for a second date, you better go ahead and put a ring on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zacman
      Well,

      Just the other day, my daughter had a scheduled appointment at the doctors practice. (still don't know why they call it practice) which is at a local hospital.

      Of course we both ate lunch at the cafeteria.

      The main choices where, chicken and dumplings, which were almost all gone, so they must have been great. And then either chicken fried steak or stuffed green peppers.

      I went with the green peppers and was not disappointed! They were actually the best I can ever remember having! My daughter said the same thing.

      We both had mash potatoes and gravy and I built a salad from the SB.

      Including both of our Pepsi's our total came to $8.05 Plus no tip needed!

      I was so full I didn't even go back for what looked like some delicious carrot cake, or homemade pie.

      There was no waiting for food, and there were plenty of hot nurses to wink at. LOL

      Just a tip for you guys who are thinking of trying this, I at a minimum wear a sports jacket, and most of the time bring a brief case just to look professional.

      I might even take out a note pad and jot down some thoughts I'm using on my websites etc. just to impress the ladies.

      Yep, everytime I go it just makes me want to keep coming back.

      There is another smaller hospital about 15 miles away I've not visited for some time. I think I'll try it soon.

      Which is another good point. Many of you in large metro areas may find your very large hospitals lacking in the "home style" food many of our small to medium sized hospitals here in Central IL provide.

      Next time your on the road, instead of Mcdonald's try the local hospital in a medium sized city. (many of them are right by the freeway) You may just get the best meal you've had in a long time.

      Cheers,
      Zac
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      • Profile picture of the author philipraj
        Hi guys,

        it seems like the food at the hospitals in the U.S is good over here in london hospital food sucks even the hospitals are bad in general! the only thing healthy and thriving are the germs
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    I used to work in a nursing home, for $1.50, you probably couldn't get a larger plate of food. It was usually always good, but just don't eat the mashed potatoes.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Ate at the hospital cafeteria just this monring. I had an appointment with my kidney doctor and his office is maybe 100 yeards from the hospital cafeteria.

    Anyway, Both my wife and I got scrambled eggs, bacon and a hash brown patty and a container of milk (1cup). Cost was about $5.50 for both. Unfortunately the food is always hit or miss and today it was a miss. I think we got there at the transition from breakfast to lunch so the food wasn't the freshest today. But still, two eating for that amount is ok with me. I've had better meals at McDonalds but I've also had worse!
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    • Profile picture of the author Zacman
      That is a good point regarding timing.

      If they lunch menu starts a 11, don't go in for breakfast at 1030, or lunch at 130.

      It isn't short order cooking, they prepare in advance and set it out in hot trays under the "sneeze screens" as per HCR.

      Breakfasts at cafeterias aren't usually the best you can expect.

      Lunch is my favorite as it usually home style cooking like salsbury steak, chicken and dumplings, pasta dishes etc.

      There's also balanced meals including veggies so much better than eating at McDonald's etc.

      Cheers,
      Zac
      P.S. I'm on a popular online dating site and there's a section for what you would do on a first date....you guessed it...I put hospital cafeteria!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Maybe its just me, but that title, "I Go To The Hospital Just To Eat At The Cafeteria "
    is quirky/funny enough to be used for a book of humor, or even a stage play.
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  • Profile picture of the author raysonsmith
    Yea but he means what he is saying. That he is going to hospital to eat. May be he is unable to find a cafeteria in the near by locality.
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