Offbeat eateries -- Terra Bite


Tired of the same old Applebee's and Cracker Barrel fare? Well, fortunately, you're living in the 21st century, where choice reigns. We've pulled together some suggestions for places that offer novel dining experiences.

All of the restaurants in this series share one attribute; they employ a unique theme for the purpose of making money. Except, that is, the Terra Bite Lounge.

The Terra Bite Lounge, in Kirkland, WA is a not-for-profit café/deli which operates on the policy of voluntary pay, the concept that Radiohead recently adopted with its most recent release. Diners eat what they like, and pay what they wish. There are no prices on the menu.

If someone wants to walk out without paying, that's OK. If enough diners throw money into the kitty that there is a surplus at the end of the week, that money is donated to a local charity. The spot also offers free Wi-Fi and free xBox gaming in its gaming boutique.

The concept has been relatively successful in other similar spots such as the One World Café in Salt Lake City.

Food provides energy, but a restaurant like Terra Bite might provide even more, the energy that comes from cooperation, compassion and bonhomie.