Five Crowns and the Emperors not so new clothes.

IMG_1440-1Last night I surprised The Husband with a dinner reservation at the world locally famous Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar. It is a fancy-shamncy place with all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it. Including a dress code which was mentioned to me when I called. So both The Husband and I made an actual effort to look ‘nice’ and presentable. And I have to say it was worth the effort. But despite looking like refined, mature adults we couldn’t help ourselves and posed for funny photo ala leaning Tower-of-Pisa style utilizing the large crown plaque hanging over a fire place in the front room. I give you; King Husband.

While we were seated in a deliciously period style dining room, being waited on hand and foot by no less than 5 different individuals and basically being treated like Orange County royalty- in walks THIS guy. Now the photo I took sans flash while pretending to show The Husband a picture on the camera screen really doesn’t do this guy justice. He is wearing old stained sweat shorts, a white undershirt that had seen better days and running shoes (although he didn’t look like he had been running in quite awhile). His hair was disheveled and he appeared to have just woken from a nap. His wife was not much better in her sweatshirt and flip flops. And while I realize times are tough, and business is hard so it would be difficult to turn ANY customer away….this was insulting to the rest of us who took the restaurant dress code seriously. The food outstanding, the service was unparalleled (Hey to Tommy our sommelier who has been at Five Crowns for 41 years!), but the view? Horrible.

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