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Haunted Restaurants

Where do you keep the ghosts?

It's that time of year again. The time when we let our inner Halloween-loving-child out to play. There's nothing I love more than to stay at century old mansion and be relegated with a story of unrequited love that ends in a haunting of the room I'm staying in. Talk about delish!

Little Inn of BayfieldLittle Inn of BayfieldBut what about haunted restaurants? Would you like a side order of scared senseless with that steak, ma'am?

Whether you believe in ghosts or just enjoy a good story with your meal, restaurants that serve a deliciously spooky experience are too much fun to turn down. Just about every city, state and/or province has more than their fair share of sightings and unexplainable noises.

Haunted restaurants I've enjoyed

Fiddlers Green Irish PubFiddlers Green Irish PubI've visited a few restaurants both in my hometown and while traveling that enjoy a spooky past. The employees of Fiddler's Green Irish Pub in Cambridge, Ontario made the retelling of the tragic story of a young girl named Emily who hung herself in the attic part of their marketing efforts. Sadly the story was better than the service or the food and the restaurant closed its doors a few years ago. Not surprisingly, some employees at Café 13 (across the street) claim to hear unexplained noises after hours... Could Emily have found a new place to satisfy her midnight cravings?

During a stay at the Little Inn of Bayfield, I asked to see the wine cellar, which meant a trip outside and down a decidedly spooky staircase. Needless to say, my imagination went into overdrive with each step downward. But when our waitress told us she refused to come down here alone because of some events she refused to recount, I had no desire to linger.

Groveland HotelGroveland HotelThe Groveland Hotel in California is home to gold-miner named Lyle who died in his sleep with a box of dynamite stashed under the bed. While Lyle's antics are mostly confined to his room, the owners told me they've experienced unexplained noises in the dining room and staircase leading to the rooms. Maybe Lyle's hunting for some dinner before heading across the street to the Charlotte hotel where his girlfriend hangs out.

If you're traveling this Halloween and want to enjoy a haunted meal, check out these directories of collected stories:

Foodio54 - A long list of restaurants within the US that report hauntings. You'll have to Google each restaurant individually as the links in the article take you further into their site. It's a fun read though.

Chowhound - The article is fairly short and out of date, but there are 88 comments and all have a story to share. If you've got time to kill, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy the spine-tingling tales.

Haunted New Orleans Tours - A list of haunted restaurants would be incomplete without a nod to New Orleans. It's been a long time (too long) since I've been to Café du Monde and I'd love to go back as much for a chance to see the phantom waiter as for the coffee and beignets. Yum!

Huffington Post San Francisco - Choose from 5 hotels that offer a colorful past that continues to live on and on and on...

When you travel to historic hotels and restaurants, do you ask about hauntings? Would you stay in a room that's reportedly haunted? What about eating at a haunted restaurant?

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