Memorable Places to Eat – NOT in Hawaii
A few months back, we were talking about food (a popular topic) and things that are a “must-have” on the mainland because you can’t get it here in Hawaii. You know, like In-N-Out Burger or Sonic or Olive Garden (which won’t be a mainland only thing anymore).
During that conversation, khs68 wrote:
Here’s another go to place in San Francisco – Pacific Cafe on Geary (outer Richmond). Great seafood and they give you free wine if you have to wait for a table. One night 25 years ago, we waited for 40 minutes and got all pilute because the waitress kept refilling our wine glasses.
Cioppino from Scoma’s in San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. When we lived in San Francisco, we’d go to Scoma’s about once a month for lunch or dinner. Everytime I’d think maybe I’ll try something else, but nope, ordered the cioppino.
Sand dabs from the Cliff House in San Francisco. Great fish and wonderful view of Seal Rock. Sand dabs at Tadich’s is good, too.
Bagels. H&H bagels in NY city had the best. They say it’s all about the water.
Entenmann’s chocolate fudge cake. My daughter fell in love with this on her first visit and we had to FedEX to Hawaii every month. Over the fourteen years we lived in NY we kept FedEX pretty busy. For some reason, you can’t get Entenmann’s on the west coast.
And Masako wrote:
Lemon scone at Atilla’s bakery in San Ramon and Blue Bottle filtered coffee at the San Francisco Ferry building, it was the best cup of coffee I ever drank.
If i’m in San Francisco its the clam chowder in a bread bowl eaten at Fisherman’s wharf feeling the cool wind and staring out into the bay.
Thanks for the tips. San Francisco seems to have a lot of great eating places. Or perhaps it’s because SF is such a special place and when we’re on vacation over there – everything seems to taste better.
Like when Paula and I went up to Washington State to visit her brother. After flying all night, we got our car and headed to a Trader Joe’s to buy some water and things. But first, we stopped by this restaurant named Shari’s Cafe & Pies. I had never heard of this place and we just pulled in on a whim to get our morning coffee and something to eat. Besides coffee, I ordered something on the menu called a Mexi-Skillet.
Ho, this buggah was so ono! I wanted to go back there again but we never did get the chance. Maybe I’ll run into one someday in California or the other Northwestern states.
During that time in Washington, we were staying in Lacey. In Olympia, we found this little shack that sold burgers. It was called Norma’s Burgers.
Nice little hole-in-the-wall so we pulled up to check it out.
I took a chance and ordered the Grilled Onion Swiss burger.
Oh man, I was in onion heaven! Again, I had hoped to visit Norma’s once move before we left, but we never did make it back.
When we’re in Las Vegas, it’s a bit different. Since we have meal coupons, we usually eat at the Market Street Cafe. Although the last time we visited Vegas, we didn’t have meal coupon and instead of requesting them, we decided to eat out at other places. We hit places like Cici’s Pizza, and Olive Garden, and In-N-Out Burger of course – but we didn’t get to venture out to try nicer places.
I remember on one trip, we met up with HNL2LAS at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Henderson. Unfortunately, when we went there – it was after a late lunch and we weren’t that hungry. But the ribs were so good. I think I need to make it a point to go back there again. But this time, with a heartier appetite.
What eateries – NOT in Hawaii – stand out in your memory? Be it in the US or abroad. It doesn’t have to be just restaurants. It could be a favorite gelato shop or dessert place. Maybe a coffee house or burger joint. And maybe the next time one of us MLCers are in that area, we can take your recommendations and visit your memorable place.
Okay folks – this is it. THIS SATURDAY is the big event. You have about 5 days to get your costume together. It’s going to be so much fun!