Tipitina's (Mexican): Laidback Hangout in Old Kamakura
Dark, pine tables and benches. Although relatively small, there's ample seating at the bar and on 3 picnic type tables along the left wall upon entry and the small table in the window where the occasional live band will play. The munchies are yummy (try the nachos and the chili), the drinks are good and the service is great. The owner is also the bartender and he also has a band ( 7 or more piece blues band).
The best part of Tipitina's is the right mix of great music and good friends. The drinks and food are relatively inexpensive compared to many other area restaurants.
Favorite Dish: The chili.. thick, spicy and yummy! The nachos are decent too.
Kintame: A must restaurant for "tsukemono" freaks
Kintame is a famous tsukemono (Japanese pickles) manufacturer in Kyoto with more than 120 years of history. You can sample various kinds of pickles, buy souveniors or eat in a lunch course meal. This is a place where even Kyoto-native (like myself) can enjoy. Make sure to check this out!
Favorite Dish: High quality tsukemono and rice. What else do I have to say?