For the past few months, The Civee has been bugging me to go to the new IKEA store that opened up in Cincinnati.
She had gone there a few times on her own, but wanted me to go along in case we wanted to make any furniture purchases. Last weekend, we were in Cincinnati visiting relatives and had some extra time, so we stopped by Ikea.
I have to say the place actually made furniture buying interesting. The prices were decent, and the furniture was actually nice. But what made the place totally worth the trip was the meatballs. The Civee had told me that while shopping, we could get some metaballs, which I envisioned as getting two Swedish Meatballs with a toothpick off a tray somewhere. But no, this was much more. Not some toothpick-stuck meatballs on a greasy napkin, but the promise of a full meal.
There’s a full-scale cafeteria in the middle of the store, with plenty of menu options. I got the meatballs, with a side of mashed potatoes and jam. For like five bucks. And it was damn good. There were a bunch of other items on the menu (Gravlax, half-chicken, Prime Rib) that I intend to try on future trips to Ikea.
For the first time in my life, I’m actually looking forward to going furniture shopping. The Swedish are really on to something there with this food-in-the-middle-of-the-store concept. Who knows, if IKEA had been around when my parents took the younger King Tom furniture shopping, I might not have been such a bratty kid.