Broom Service at the College Inn
Charlottesville, Virginia

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2004.

College Inn

The College Inn, Charlottesville (2006 photo).

We used to feel great pleasure as we settled into our seats at the College Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, because we anticipated an enjoyable meal. We liked their gyros and hamburgers, the Greek Salad was excellent, the Veal Parmigiana and the Manicotti were outstanding, and the Chicken Parmigiana first-rate. Good fries, nice house salad, yummy blue cheese dressing, and generous portions also made for “good eating.”

However, we have not dined at the College Inn lately because of a certain waitress there who has a foul disposition. You will be very unlucky if you find yourself in her crosshairs, as we did on several visits (the last one involving a birthday celebration which she made less jolly).

The “House Rules” she expects College Inn customers to follow are known only to her. One way we managed to invoke her wrath was by politely asking her to bring a food item she had forgotten. This Wicked Witch of the Corner argues with patrons, makes snide comments about the quality of the menu items, and abruptly interferes with and “corrects” diners, even those who are not at one of her tables (therefore, asking for another waitress is not a solution).

The College Inn's food doesn't necessarily cause heartburn, but that woman can surely ruin one's digestion! Perhaps, though, if you are lucky, she will be away on a broom trip.

Greek Salad

A Greek Salad, delightfully topped with feta cheese and anchovies (2002).

Tuna Salad Platter

A Tuna Salad Sandwich, in the College Inn's “Platter” format (2002).

Tuna Salad Platter

A Personal Pizza (luncheon special, 2002).