Corvette Diner in San Diego sounds like a car lovers spot or maybe even a 50’s joint with a retro feel, but what I found there was so much more. We walked in to the restaurant and we’re greeted by 50’s waitresses in poodle skirts and bouffant hair-dos. Behind them, a shiny blue corvette and retro booths for dining. There was classic music, dancing, singing, balloon making, hair styling, birthday parties, and a games room. The place was alive with excitement and joy. I immediately felt happy and so did Athena.
Our waiter, Alvin, was at the table in seconds and he was smiling and dancing. There were tons of choices so it took us a few minutes to decide but he brought our drinks right away. I ordered the Hawaii 5-0, which was grilled chicken with grilled slices of pineapple, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayo. It was finger-lickin’ delicious and the portions were huge. I had to take half of the burger back to the hotel. (Maybe that was because I also ordered a chocolate Malt, but I did share it with Athena.)
While we ate, we were entertained by a balloon-maker. I’ve seen dogs, monkeys, horses, and even people made out of balloons before but I’d never seen anything like this. The man made a cupid with wings and a bow and arrow out of balloon. I wouldn’t have believed he made it if I didn’t watch him with my own eyes. As if that wasn’t entertaining enough, there were employees dancing and making creative hair styles for the guests.
Part of the time, this guy was our waiter and part of the time he was dancing with the rest of the staff. It was dinner and a show. That doesn’t mean that the service lagged either. My drink was always full and the food arrived quickly.
This all may sound impressive but when Alvin came over to the table and fixed Athena’s hair with straws, I was blown away.
Within seconds, she had a cool up-do and was ready to dance with the staff. Although I won’t be using straws in her hair for regular outings, I learned an easy way to create a funky hair style that could be adapted for everyday use. Athena was beaming with joy. She felt like a modern-day Leia of Star Wars.
Ok. It’s impossible that you’re not impressed at this point but wait until you see the dessert.
When they brought out a plate of cotton candy, Athena put her hands on her face and said, “This is better than my birthday.” She asked me twice if she could eat a piece. I guess she thought it was too good to be true.
We burned off some of the calories by spending the next hour playing games in the games room. There were plenty of options for all ages, including me. I played basketball four times while trying to beat my personal record each time.
In all of my travels, I’ve never experienced a restaurant like the Corvette Diner. I would have gone just for the delicious food, but the service and entertainment made it the best family restaurant in San Diego.