As most of you are aware, I have been working towards my Masters degree for some time now. Last Thursday was the culmination of our Masters program, so my classmates and I decided to have celebratory dinner, and they ended up picking Rattlers as our dinner spot.
Our real celebration will be in January after the graduation ceremony, but on this particular night Rattlers was close to home and everyone was in the mood for BBQ, so off we went.
Now, I am well aware of the strong dislike that some of my foodie friends (pretty much only Mike) have towards Rattlers, but I like to go there for their weeknight specials after work. For about $10 you get meat, a side, and a trip to the salad bar. On Wednesday they have tri tip, and since we went on a Thursday, the special was ribs. Great! And what do they put in those rolls? Those rolls are fantastic!
Was it a perfect dining experience? No. Especially for one of my friends that just had a dinner full of fails.
She said her straw tasted bitter, her plate was dirty, and her meal took forever. However, it was our last night of class and it was nice to hang out with my classmates in a non academic setting for once!
Most of the dinner conversation was somewhat depressing because my classmates were talking about the lack of teacher jobs out here in Santa Clarita. If anything it made me realize just how lucky I am to be working full time within the district, because they have not had the same luck. Donna is highly optimistic that things will look up soon. I felt really bad because I know that they would all make excellent teachers, and they are all fully credentialed. So, I quietly ate my salad that was a result of my trip to the salad bar…
Here is someone I don’t talk about a lot, but she is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I first met her way back in the day when I started my credential program and now into the finalization of our Masters program. She was always an advocate for our cluster and was the voice of the group. When one of us was losing hope thinking we wouldn’t get through it, she was there to encourage us. I don’t think we would have all emerged from our program as well as we did, had it not been for Donna constantly helping us out with her words of wisdom.
Now, on to the food! Some of my classmates shared the potato appetizer, which looked okay, yet took FOREVER to come out.
My drink of choice at Rattlers is the Shirley Temple Lemonade! It is really fresh and excellent! Love it!
And here are two views of the same special. Shawna likes to put a lot of BBQ sauce on her ribs – and eat with her hands, because as she pointed out, they are ribs…
I just ate them as they came out and used a knife and fork. Either wait, I ate them all and was really happy with my meal. A total bargain at $10!
I have been eating at Rattlers ever since I was a child! Their old location was extremely popular and stood the test of time. I think it was just the “go-to” place for many years because there weren’t that many options in town. I have been to their new location (near Walmart/Sam’s Club) somewhat often because it is on the way home from work, and there is always a wait! So, I guess that even when the food isn’t the best, good service and good prices will lure people in. Oh, and those rolls! I could eat those rolls for days!
So, I conclude this post with a photo. Cheers to Higher Education! And to the conclusion of our Masters Program. I will wait until after the graduation ceremony, and until after I have my degree in my hands, to comment on what I thought about our program as a whole…stay tuned sometime after January…
26495 Golden Valley Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91350-2973