For the last 25 years or so, I’ve always eaten breakfast out. Since Salonica is on my walking path from where I live now to where I work at the University of Chicago, I have eaten breakfast there pretty much every day for the past 15 years. Habit is a large part of my existence.
I come early, very shortly after they open at seven. I always sit in the same booth. There are probably not more than five or six other customers. I am shy about talking to people, even though they’re not really strangers, since I see many of them every day. The waiters all know me, and we’re friendly, but we don’t chat. They occasionally ask me if I want the usual, but most times, they just bring me what they know I want.