Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our Anniversary Dinner!

Back in April, we celebrated 39 years since we had our first date…and it was a blind date…as well as our 38th wedding anniversary.  Laurie hadn’t wanted to go out with me as I was an ‘old man’, 10 years her senior.  Her friend and my administrative assistant promised that she would stop bugging her if she just went out with me this one time… Laurie agreed and the rest is history!

So how did we celebrate this momentous occasion?  We usually just go out for a semi-fancy upscale dinner.  This time we added a movie to the mix, watching “Ghost in the Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson.  The movie was OK as we both like strong kick-butt female characters.

So I asked Laurie just where she’d like to go for our anniversary dinner.  What special place did she choose?

Yup!  She chose the Steak ‘n Shake in Knoxville’s Turkey Creek shopping area.  She’s from the St. Louis Missouri area and she grew up on Steak ‘n Shake hamburgers…and she loves them!  I even gave her a chance to change her mind at the last minute but she’d made up her mind.

The interior decor of Steak ‘n Shake Restaurants is very consistent.  They are what are commonly termed ‘fast casual’ restaurants.  There are servers and orders are taken from menus at your table.

Steak ‘n Shake Restaurants were founded in 1934 in Normal Illinois.  Today they are a division of Biglari Holdings, Inc. which is based in San Antonio Texas.  Steak ‘n Shake now has 550 + locations in 28 states.  Biglari Holdings also operates/franchises Western Sizzlin Restaurants (75 locations in 17 states), Maxim (Magazine and related businesses) and First Guard Insurance Company, which provides commercial truck insurance.

Laurie went for it big time, starting out with a side salad.  She said that it was pretty good too… I couldn’t find a price for it on-line and I paid cash for dinner and I didn’t get a detailed receipt.

Next she went for the Original Double 'n Cheese Steakburger™, her standard favorite burger at Steak ‘n Shake. (Ala carte $3.68) She dropped the onions and asked for extra pickles…and as you can see, her request was fulfilled.

Well what the heck!  It was our anniversary dinner and Laurie had to have something to drink with dinner.  She ordered a very satisfying Root Beer Float… (Price isn’t listed on-line)

Don’t forget that this was my anniversary dinner too!  I went all in but I skipped a fancy drink to go with my dinner…settling for water with lemon.  My first course consisted of a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with French fries. ($3.99) I had my bottle of Tabasco with me and I kicked the chicken sandwich up another notch.  I shared the fries with my bride.  This was a good ‘start’ for my special dinner… 

For my second course, I ordered my own ala carte Original Double 'n Cheese Steakburger™.  My appetite was finally sated! 

This was a good experience all around.  My better half got exactly what she wanted to eat for our anniversary dinner.  Happy wife = Happy life!  In addition, my wallet was happy too.  This special dinner probably cost just about what our pizza cost on our first date back in the suburbs of St. Louis!

The Steak ‘n Shake in Knoxville’s Turkey Creek shopping area is located at 310 Wild Geese Road at Parkside Drive.  Phone: 865-675-2551.  Steak ‘n Shake’s website can be found at

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by and sharing our anniversary dinner with us!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Woo hoo! Happy Anniversary to you both! Sounds like a winning dinner for it to me. I really like Steak 'n Shake, esp the patty melt, but Bill refuses to ever eat there again, doesn't like anything about it. I think their fries are great. Wish I had been there! ☺

  2. Dave, wishing you and Laurie a very Happy Anniversary! And it looks as if Laurie chose a winner here! All the dishes look very tasty and the ambiance looks warm and friendly. The dish presentations are quite attractive!

  3. Wow you went all out - I didn't know they had moved into the South. Having said this, both of your meals look very good and would have made me a happy camper.