1. They don’t have the fresh vegetables right now that they will later in the year. All they have are the weird things nobody really wants to eat. So A&J will just have the burgers.

  2. I got the impression that because the are an organic restaurant the only serve grass-fed burgers which are only available in the spring as grass is only available in the spring. So everyone is glad it is spring so they can order the burger.

    (Of course, I doubt a criteria of grass-fed burger is it has to be fresh grass and the cow must have eaten it within days of death, and the meat can not be stored more than a few days….)

  3. Aren’t “specials” often the things restaurants are trying to offload cos they have an overstock? So rutabaga etc are leftovers from winter. Our heroes are wise to that and go for a burger.

  4. Things are quiet in winter… the customers stay in at home rather than go out for (unusual) food. So they have a couple of interesting options, and ask for the burgers that all the competitors offer, too.

  5. I’ve always loved rutabaga. Properly cooked it is delicious. I gather you’re neither Scots nor Ashkenazi?

    Also there’s plenty of grass in winter, even in the North. It changes its name to “hay” though.

  6. @ carlfink – My mom once cut rutabaga into long sticks, fried them, and tried to convince us kids that they were french fries. Ugh – we were not fooled. Four decades later, I don’t believe I’ve eaten rutabaga even once since then.

  7. I’ve never had rutabaga. I’m more of a meat and potatoes guy. But they are fairly common in Germany. Kilby, you’ve never had Steckrübe or Kohlrübe?
    I have learned to like parsnips, though.

  8. ” My mom once cut rutabaga into long sticks, fried them, and tried to convince us kids that they were french fries. ”

    Why didn’t she just tell you they were fried rutabagas and a rarity?

  9. @ DemetriosX – They may be common, but I’m sure that we’ve never cooked them in our house, and I don’t remember being confronted by them elsewhere. The same goes for “Grünkohl” (kale): supermarkets are full of it every winter, but I have no idea who is buying the stuff (it certainly is not us).
    P.S. @ woozy – I don’t think having a “rare opportunity” to eat something that tasted that awful would have seemed like any sort of consolation.

  10. @Downpuppy-

    Of course Martha is looking weird; she’s escaped from FBOFW and is in the witness protection program.

  11. My take on this – is that the locals order the specials (cheaper price) and the summer tourist crowd orders the more expensive non- specials – presuming Arlo & Janis insist on paying for their meals.

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