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What did restaurant work teach you?

I'll go first.

I worked as a bus boy while in high school. That taught me a lesson I try to live by even to this day.

Never lend ten dollars to a dish washer. 

Just wondering

How many Spokane area dining establishments that fail might have made a go of it if 10 percent of those local residents who intended to pay a visit (but never did) would have followed through and gone there for a meal?

My favorite local Mexican restaurant

A couple of months ago, a reader asked me for a recommendation about local Mexican restaurants.

I wasn't much help. The place I visited most often had just closed, as had another eatery I might have mentioned.

My response to the reader's query, as I recall, might have alluded to a couple of places I frequented when I lived in El Paso and Tucson long ago. Not exactly useful information. 

But now I have an answer. It's El Ranchito in Davenport.

Last week, during a family outing in the car, it became necessary to search for a restroom. I pulled up next to El Ranchito just as a guy who worked there was approaching the front door on foot.

He said that the place wasn't open yet. But I went ahead and explained the situation. He smiled and made a “come on inside” gesture.

This was much appreciated. So, on our way back through Davenport several hours later, I stopped at El Ranchito again. I went in and ordered several to-go cheese enchilada dinners.

Mostly I did this to reiterate our thanks for the earlier kindness. But it turned out that the food was really good.

I'll be back.

Feel free to tout your own favorite Mexican place (even if you've never experienced a bathroom rescue there).

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