Last Call: What was your post-vax first meal in a restaurant?

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My fiancée and I had our second vaccination shots towards the end of April and have technically been fully vaccinated for about a month now. Once we passed the two-week mark, we had a very special meal out to celebrate her birthday and to mark the fact that we could finally dine out again. It was at a fine-dining Korean restaurant in Chicago called Jeong, which I highly recommend. We certainly started off with a bang, and it was frankly, awesome.

But then yesterday, for our second meal in a restaurant, we went to Chili’s, of all places. It was mainly for work, but it was also just a reason to be back out. She got a steak and mashed potatoes, I got the chicken fajitas (a classic), we shared the Awesome Blossom petals, and we got a skillet cookie for later. Aside from the masks on everyone who wasn’t sitting down, everything felt weirdly... normal. And also, more importantly, good.

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I’m going to remember my meal at Chili’s just as fondly as the one at Jeong, if not more, because it was a meal I could approach with much less trepidation, and that’s what made it noteworthy.

Have you been out to eat yet? And if you have, was it everything you were hoping for?