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Rides and dinner September 15, 2016

Posted by Kenny Norman in south.
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Tonight, September 14, I had a wonderful night out. I skipped the usual comic-and-errands-up-Keystone Wednesday night, largely because I ran all but one (comics) of my errands last night. Instead, I went to the Beech Grove Fall Festival and had dinner at Cheeseburger in Paradise. We originally wanted to go to Ponderosa, but a) we were running a bit late after a long day at work and b) we had a $10 off coupon to Cheeseburger in Paradise in the zoobook.

The Beech Grove Fall Festival was fun! I arrived there at 8:12 and stayed for half an hour. I saw my former job’s old building and it’s STILL vacant, just like it was at last year’s Fall Festival. I remember when the Southside Times was still at 301 Main Street and that street was my stomping grounds. I would get several sandwiches from the Beech Grove Meat Market. That place is now closed, vacant, and a giant hole is in their roof with a mess on the floor.

While at the Fall Festival, I shot off a BB machine gun….I am NOT a good shot. Let’s just say that if the star on the paper were a person, there’d be no chance of a mercy kill. Quite the opposite. On a less morbid note, I had a wonderful time riding the ferris wheel! It was a nice, long ride, and a wonderful photo op. I did see a Scrambler off in the distance with its lights out, and I was really hoping I could ride it. (I later found out a teen got injured on the ride earlier that day.) I also smelled a wonderful smell from one of the food booths…an “Oriental Grill.” The chicken kabobs were amazing, but my dad decided not to eat those because we were headed to dinner after I got off the ferris wheel. And it’s a good thing he had cash, because the ticket booth for the ferris wheel was cash only!

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Cheeseburger in Paradise was a blast! We sat inside because it was suspiciously windy outside. (Spoiler alert: no storm arrived. We could have sat outside.) We had a nice waitress named Taylor, who was even more attentive and energetic than our last waitress, Jess, was! She was so skilled at juggling hot plates and attentive at checking back for refills. Seeing how I had a $10 off coupon, instead of getting citrus chicken, I got the BBQ trio instead- ribs, grilled chicken, and chicken tenders, complete with sides of french fries and broccoli. It was amazingly sweet, rich, and flavorful, and thankfully not spicy! Taylor even offered to go drinks, so I boosted her tip. I later found out that was the chain’s original restaurant. Seeing how I have two more coupons I need to use before December 1, I’ll go back again!

There’s so much at Emerson & Southport: Carrabas, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Longhorn Steakhouse, Scotty’s Brewhouse, Bob Evans, Sky Zone, a SuperTarget…I could build a night out with what they have there, and I may do just that next time I go to Cheeseburger in Paradise!

All in all, a great night. Though I still haven’t picked up this week’s comics.

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