Any Sunday now William Safire will write about the use of “Deluxe” as
a verb. I suspect he’ll trace it back to Dino’s Family Restaurant,
where the menu reads, tantalizingly: “Deluxe it for the most satisfying
sensation ever.” With its modern brick building, Dino’s - near the
peach county of northwestern South Carolina - looks as if it could be
a chain outlet. But the guy in the corner is ordering chicken livers.
The kids at the next booth are digging into corn-dog nuggets. And
what’s that lady at the far table got? Steak fingers with homemade
barbecue sauce. They’ve all “Deluxed it’- which means they also get
cole slaw and fries.
On a recent visit I went for the dinner special: two fish fillets, cole
slaw, fries and hush puppies - all for $3.99. Feeling adventurous, I
also asked for the ultrathick peanut butter shake. It’s the only drink
that has ever made me thirsty.