My Horrible Evening At Pukeplantation


Am I overwhelming you most faithful blog followers with too many posts? This is something like the fourth in two days, I’ve just really had a lot to say these past few days. I promise, I’ll slow down (maybe).

Went to dinner this evening. Just me and Pookies, which meant that it ended up being somewhere kid-friendly. I wasn’t in the mood for Denny’s or Panera Bread, though; and fast food was of course out of the question. So Souplantation it was.

Now I do typically enjoy Souplantation. Typically. We used to live in the heart of Los Angeles and had a really nice one. One that had everything, plus amazing customer service. Their space was bigger than any restaurant I had ever been to. And it was walking distance from our apartment – just awesome.

The Souplantation out here is a far cry from that; although it was still decent up until recently. In the last few months, though, it’s become a little ghetto. Or perhaps more accurately, it’s become proof that the town in which we live is going downhill. More white trash. A lot people running into each other and acting like total pigs. Basically the entire swath of the state of nature, all packed into one tiny restaurant with a 210 person capacity.

Sad to say, today was the last time we will ever go to that Souplantation. By the time you get through our experience, hopefully you will support my decision.

4:45 pm

We cruise into the Souplantation parking lot. It looks like the dinner rush is starting to get there a little early, but then again it shares the parking lot with Ross – dress for less – so maybe it’s just overflow from early high school prom shoppers.

4:50 pm

Finally inside, we are beginning to make our way through the line. A family of four has come in behind us. The husband is holding a baby that looks like it hasn’t been bathed. Ever. The husband begins sneezing. I start to push Pookies a little quicker down the salad bar. I notice the fourth in their group is a teenager. He has blue hair, in a flock of seagulls cut. He has handcuffs hanging from his belt buckle. Maybe he’s just broken out of jail. He starts sneezing too.

5:00 pm

I’ve paid and we’ve found a booth as far away from the rest of the people that are already seated. Kids are screaming and running around. The family of four sit near us shortly afterwards.

5:05 pm

I go to get drinks. The drink bar is in complete view of the table, so I go alone. The kid with the blue flock of seagulls hair cut walks past our table, and it looks like he has said something. I rush back to the table.

5:15 pm

Finishing up the salad and it’s starting to get packed. People are sneezing, coughing, belching, and ripping ass everywhere. The woman sitting at the table next to us actually lifted her ass to blow one – I kid you faithful blog followers not. You know I’m not a fan of ass jokes, this is really happening.

I decide we are not at Souplantation. We are at Pukeplantation. Time to get some Pukeplantation soup.

5:18 pm

I’m waiting at the soup bar to get the chicken and alphabet soup. There is a rather portly man in a hooded sweatshirt and khaki shorts filling four bowls. I assume he is getting them for multiple people. Or that he really likes the soup. In spite of all the belching and burping and blowing and puking and sneezing and snotting, I will admit – that soup is tasty. He is taking forever though, so people are getting in line behind me, and I inch a little closer. He turns around and rips a belch so loud, so ferocious, that I swear I see his lips quiver. Like Barney on The Simpsons. Or worse.

As I’m dishing up the soup, I realize he’s belched a piece of chewed food onto my sweater.

5:25 pm

I have had about enough of this place. Having totally lost my appetite wiping the stranger’s food off my sweater, I sit and wait quietly. The lady sitting next to us rips another one. Her husband tells stories about “Rod in seasonal” grabbing his ass. He’s wearing a Home Depot polo shirt. I assume he works at the Home Depot in the same shopping complex. I make a mental note never to go this Pukeplantation or that Rip Ass-Grab Butt Depot ever again. I consider running to my car and speeding home to drink heavily and forget about this place.

But the deal with Pukeplantation is that dessert is always a given. Fat free frozen yogurt is a healthy way to dessert anyway. I sprint to the yogurt machine so that we can leave soon.

5:32 pm

There are four exits from this particular Pukeplantation. The one closest to us is in the back of the building and we are parked in the front, but rather than wade our way through the belches and boogers of this rancid state of hillbilly nature, we walk out the back door and just traipse around the entire building to get to my car.

While walking I am informed of what transpired when the blue haired flock of seagulls, jail break walked past our booth while I was getting our drinks. As he walked by, with his handcuffs clanging against his leg, he leaned over and said “hey … your mom’s hot …”

From there we ran to my Jeep.

We will not be returning to that place. Ever. Again. Would you? It concerns me that so many of these experiences are cropping up more and more around my community. Is it just that I’m hanging out in the wrong places? Or is pigslob hillbilly becoming the status quo?


  1. Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife

    I’m not fond of restaurants where I have to do all the work, but I can relate to your experience. Poor you! How’s about sending this post to @Souplantation to let corporate know what’s going on in Pukeplantation!?

  2. calahan

    You should post this on their Yelp page.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt
      1. calahan



    I was recently informed by a coworker that she read a study that stated that today’s average American is the person you see on Jerry Springer. I told her she must have been reading an article by the Onion and that no way is the average person anything like the awful, pathetic excuses for human beings that prance and grapple on the JS stage. I may have been wrong.
    That place sounds awful. I generally don’t eat out much anymore and I can’t say I miss being in a mass of random strangers. Maybe you can find a nice little mom and pop place close by that won’t cater to such germ-sharing, hygiene deficient nimrods.

  4. UndercoverL

    Heather, you *are* hot! Even I think so, and I have normal, blonde hair. I can’t remember the last time someone told me I was hot.

    I like the Souplantation here, so if you ever decide to come visit me, we’ll hit mine. As for buffets, in general: they are dangerous places to be, directly increasing in danger proportionately to the median age of patrons. Old people at a buffet= more deadly than Hunger Games.

  5. anothercleanslate

    Oh wow- don’t know if I could have even made it through the line. That is horrible!

  6. bensbitterblog

    I love your name for the restaurant. Where does the line form?

  7. April

    Never been. Never going. However, should I pass one in my travels, I will think fondly of you, get a photo of it while speeding by and tweet it to you

  8. The Cutter

    I have never heard of Souplantation before, but now I am jealous that I don’t have one nearby. What can I say? I love lowbrow eating

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      You must eat at Taco Bell a lot then. Have you seen their newest ad on the side of their buildings? I’ve driven passed two with the same ad – “Collect all TWO” in reference to their new Cool Ranch Dorito shell that was added to their regular Dorito shell. I find that concept of collecting two of anything weird for some reason. Tangent over.. 🙂

      1. The Cutter

        Taco Bell? Only when I’m not feeling especially regular.

      2. Heather Christena Schmidt

        Oh dear God.

  9. Lil

    Holy shit… please give the name of that Pukeplantation town to assure I never, EVER, to set foot in there. Also, every time I have to go out anywhere in surrounding area where we recently moved to it infuriates me to no end; people are so gross, but youth here are friggin creepy. They don’t make eye contact! What is that?!?

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