When I was young we ate at Luby's often after church. My dad would slow to a safe speed and we would bail out to GO GET IN LINE. Good times.
Over the last several years, I think Luby's has suffered some setbacks and poor management. They started to raise their prices, change the combos offered--they even messed with the LuAnn! They tried to bring in a different crowd. I may be set in my ways, but a cafeteria should not try to get above its raisin'. It's still a cafeteria however you dress it up. Our local Luby's started having kids eat free nights, which we liked. Then they added a man playing a keyboard up on a little stage. Yes, music while you dine on your square fish.
Soon they really messed things up. They took away the tea/water/coffee person that would pleasantly pass by and refill your drinks. That cart has been a Luby's staple. They started to have "servers" and suggested tipping. Now, I have no problem tipping in a regular restaurant, but this is Luby's folks.
We haven't been there in a long time. Until last night. I had a strong craving for their macaroni and cheese. It was bad and couldn't be denied. The lady on the serving line looked puzzled when I asked for a LuAnn plate. Apparently they are just combo plates now. Sad. Once we had our trays and started to find a table my desire for macaroni was being questioned. We found a clean table. This was an achievement. Our "server" came over and asked if we wanted "free straws". Yes, that's right free straws. Is there any other kind? Seriously. As we ate we heard her share her spiel to others, which began, "Would you like for me to clean that table for you?" There are basics, clean tables are high on the list...at least for me.
Though the macaroni was yummy, it may not be enough.
Do you like Luby's or other cafeterias? What's your favorite LuAnn combo? Shouldn't straws be free?