We are cruising to eat at every restaurant on State Street in Orem.
We wanted to eat on Thursday this week as it was the first uncommitted night while Steven was in town for the week. He leaves for his podiatry rotation to the VA hospital in Denver on Saturday. When he first learned of our Cruising State Street Restaurants plan, he said he had a State Street restaurant story to share with us too.
We decided to let Steve choose the restaurant and he wanted to drive until he saw one that caught his eye. On the way he shared his story. Apparently while he was in high school, he and his friends did something crazy. Did you ever do anything crazy when you were a teen? Back to the story . . . Steve’s friend B.J. frequented a restaurant on State Street. B.J. asked the owner if he could have some friends come and eat and have a sleep over at the restaurant. Surprisingly, the owner said yes. Steve said that I (his Mom) wouldn’t let him sleep over but would let him stay very late. Initially about 20 friends showed up and ate. They congregated in a private dining area ate and ate and ate and watched a movie on a TV there and would go back to the buffet to fill up their plates. Eventually, most of the friends left. Steve finally left at 4:00 a.m. and just B.J. and a few others stayed the rest of the night. Steve said they received some stares from the other patrons as they walked in with their sleeping bags. Yes, that was crazy.
So, back to 2012, we drove a ways down State Street while Steve looked at restaurant options. We noticed a huge cloud of smoke from a wild fire that must have started across the lake. Steve soon zeroed in on a restaurant, D-Boys BBQ & Grill. It even had a “Grand Opening” banner out front. BBQ smell immediately as you walk through the door. On the menu board is advertised a huge sandwich that is priced at “19.99 or free.” That meant that if one could eat that huge sandwich in 20 minutes or less, it was free. Steve wasn’t that hungry, or he would have been tempted to try. I ordered a beef brisket and Steve had a Carolina Style sandwich. John was really not hungry and just got a couple of sides. While we were waiting for our order, in the door walked B.J.’s wife with a couple of her friends. Steve chatted with her for a few minutes and learned that B.J. was out fighting the wildfire across the lake.