I read it in a horror anthology a while ago. I don't remember too much of it, but it was about an upscale restaurant which only served limited plates for regulars who would disappear once in a while, with the implication being that they were being fed and fattened up to be the next meal at the restaurant.

I think the narrator may have been a restaurant reviewer, or someone whose friend finally allowed him to tag along.


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I figured it out!

"Specialty of the House" (1956) by Stanley Ellin.

In Sbirro’s restaurant, there is no electric lighting, no music, and no menu. The only sound is the contented sighs of the regulars, who come every night in hopes that Sbirro will treat them to his signature dish, the famed lamb Amirstan, which comes from a beast so rare, only Sbirro knows how to obtain it. Tonight, two diners at this spectacular relic of a forgotten age will find that lamb Amirstan costs more than they are willing to pay.

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    I love that intro, it sounds like what you'd hear at the start of a Twilight Zone episode Jul 25, 2018 at 3:53

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