The Carving Board & Assigned Seats at AMC

Since today is seemingly the only break from the rain this weekend, I decided to check out a relatively new place to eat in Burbank and see a movie. A dear friend makes fun of me and states that I only like about 10 restaurants in Burbank which isn’t exactly true… I’m just a creature of habit and really dislike Olive Garden and BJs which they love. Another friend had posted about The Carving Board so I decided to give it a shot. Upon walking in there I immediately realized that based on the atmosphere alone if I was in Silverlake I would have already said I’m out because I already felt a little too hipster being in the place. (This article from a few years ago caused strong emotions for me and made me want to shout “keep your hands off my Burbank hipsters!” 🙂 ) It had all the right hipster elements, too small/hard to read menu, meals not on plates and weird pieces of wood instead of actual table numbers but hey, at least there were regular seats and tables.

I had the Bentley sandwich and it was good, 5/5 stars and not to oversaturated with dressing. The chips that came with it were kind of forgettable but I wasn’t about to pay an extra $2 to upgrade to some kind of sad looking fries. For two people the bill was $32 which is pricier for a order up counter type place but not unreasonable given the quality of the food.  As much as I felt like I should turn in my Burbank card just by being there, I will be going back.

After lunch we ventured over to the AMC 16 to see the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, Split to see if he’s out of director jail yet. (Spoiler alert – he is). Like most theaters AMC seems to be taking a cue from the Arclight in recent months and doing assigned seats. I personally love it, but it caused a pretty heated discussion on our local Facebook page where people feel that by assigning seats they are being treated like children. News flash: If the usual people I see texting, talking or translating the movie for their friend in a different language are any indication, they really deserve to be treated as such. Last time I was there a couple of weeks ago to see LaLa Land, two couples almost came to blows over assigned seats (one refused to get up from the seats that were not assigned to them and then proceeded to talk about it during the entire movie). Today there was a similar issue with everyone in the row ahead of me needing to move one over so that they could be in their assigned seats. Really, this just confounds me. When asked to pick a seat when purchasing their ticket do they think it’s an option? Do people fly on airplanes and not understand seat assignments? I really, really just do not get it. The Oatmeal does this really funny comic about movie theaters and I’m whole heartedly starting to agree with it. Anyone up for a letter writing campaign? 😉

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