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However, a moist and flavorful pineapple upside-down cake had a delectable caramelized pineapple crust. A fluffy cheesecake topped with a layer of jam was also lovely. Barbara buried a swirl of soft-serve ice cream under layers of hot fudge, chopped cookies and candy, sparking enough of a sugar buzz that she was soon panting to visit the clanging slot machines. We followed her out, noting that a long line of customers -- many with comp dinner passes -- were waiting to get into the restaurant.
"Do you think the food tastes better if you don't have to pay for it?" asked Jennifer.
"No," I said. "But it doesn't taste worse."