Over the last several years, GF and I have gotten together with some friends to celebrate Halloween. What this generally entails is us dressing up and going to a high-class restaurant to flaunt ourselves. Last year we went to Zengo, and even though we had reservations, they made us wait almost 2 hours until they seated us. I’m not sure they appreciated our costumes.
We were pissed, so when they did finally seat us, we made sure we were even more raucous then we might have normally been.
So, Zengo? Fuck you – we ain’t coming back in 2008.
No, this year we decided to go to Mama Ayesha’s. If you haven’t been, it’s a great little middle eastern joint in the Woodley Park area. It’s been one of my favorite restaurants in the area for a while, because of its funky and laid back atmosphere. The food is always excellent and very well priced.
Here’s the rub though – if we had problems last year because of the way we looked…. welllllll our plan was to out do ourselves this year…. and ohhhh did we succeed. I’m not going to post a picture, but lets just say we used this as the basis for our costumes:
We looked so much scarier though, and in case you were wondering, yes, we even incorporated the dog collar/leash.
So, here we go again… right? We knew we looked like complete freaks. So much so, that as we walked through Adams Morgan on our way to Mama Ayesha’s, people were clearing out of our way (and you know how many freaks hang out there!). We were pretty worried that the people at the restaurant wouldn’t appreciate our costumes, and they wouldn’t serve us – especially considering my buddy was going as Lt Dangle from Reno 911
Seriously, his shorts were so tight that I my pretty sure the astronauts on the Space Station could see his ball sack without having to look too hard.
But you know what? Mama Ayesha’s is totally awesome. The staff immediately embraced our kookiness and put us at a great table in view of everyone. Our waiters were fantastic, and at the end of the evening, they even bought us a round of drinks on the house! THIS is what great customer service should be like. Yes, we might have looked like freaks, but you know what? By not being like the pretentious pricks at Zengo, they totally won over a whole new group of clients. Even the other customers who were at the restaurant had fun with us.
So Mama Ayesha’s? Thanks for helping a bunch of closet DC freaks have a really fun evening!