We haven't figured it out "why" yet, but Holden only likes to eat at joints that feature a salad bar. Home? Won't eat. Another person's house? I blame their cooking. A classy joint like a Ruth's Chris or a Captain D's? We don't even order for him anymore.
Throw a 20 feet long brass laden serving bar equipped with a sneeze guard in any of those places? He'll take on Joey Chestnut.
We took him to Sweet Tomatoes tonight just to watch him eat. The picture speaks for itself.