When I was in elementary school, I remember a smorgasbord buffet that we occasioned as a special treat. I don't know if it was more of a treat for my mom, who prepared nearly every meal we ever ate, or for us being allowed to pick what we wanted from steam tables heaped with fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, sliced ham and all the trimmings.
Either way, it was a special occasion, and we left stuffed to the gills. The restaurant was dangerous for a kid like me who liked to eat, because temptation was only a fork or a spoon away. Before you slid your melamine tray along the counter to collect your entrées and the side dishes of spinach, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, right there, laid out right at the beginning of the line were the mouth-watering desserts: huge slices of gooey cherry pie, seven-inch tall portions of coconut cream pie, gigantic wedges of German chocolate cake and enormous parfait cups heaped with butterscotch pudding, finished off with a frilly squirt of whipped cream. It was a kid's fantasy -- dessert before the meal!
I was reminded of the old smorgasbord this past weekend when I visited a stoop sale in Brooklyn and paid $1 for this blue tray from the Sweden House restaurant chain that was popular throughout South Florida, and in Napersville, Illinois! I can't recall the name of the eating establishment we had back in Missouri, but the interior was pretty close to this postcard I found on CardCow.com -- minus the blonde Swiss miss. (I only remember seeing round ladies in white aprons and hair nets working there.)
The caption on the reverse of the card makes me hungry right now with it's delicious description: "Every day -- Hot dishes -- Cool sparkling salads -- World's fines smorgasbord service. Finest food and gracious dining without extravagance."
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter