Food is food is food. Sometimes we eat it out of our daily necessity, not AAA 5Diamond Zagat approved, Bon Appetit mag cover presentation stuff. Though I have enjoyed that too. No today was about ambiance, and hopefully catching a chef on a good day, not the day you read about from disgruntled wanna-be food critics when writing a brief restaurant dining nightmare experience that by all standards known in the free world we should pay heed to, and maybe even write to those brave enough to leave a name to get their take on where we SHOULD be eating.
I was on my way to the airport taking my wife to her flight out of this rainy misery. I say that with a certain amount of jealousy, as this week has been a mental roller coaster with the politics and other trappings of the headline news. I am really in need of strolling along sunlight glistening off azure waters sandy beach kind of stuff.
It was early with plenty of time before the departure, so we took a little foray into the world of what I would call a reminiscent look back to the days of “Playboy After Dark” meets the 24 hour restaurant. I won’t discuss the food, as the menu is huge, and I’ve eaten here a few times before without complaint.
It’s the setting that sends me back to 1967 chic every time. Maybe that’s the draw for me to any restaurant. Finding the place that sets the mood or the tone for where you are or where you may be going. It seems I was truly going backwards in time today. Dark moody brown wood paneling, brown leather high back booths, and I mean sky high. Same with the swivel chairs at the counter. You can really block the view from both sides sitting here. The 13 coins imbedded into the tables in the booth is a nice touch too. Kinda the way to dress up a wood table in a 60’s Airstream. It is the uniqueness of character that has not changed, much unlike myself where I am not fitting in a changing world that leaves a certain age group outside the trend of the current demographic target.
I am outside THE demographic, but I always have been. “I think, therefore I am. “
I can dine just about anywhere in the world I choose. It’s places like this that sets a table worlds apart.