Claire's Restaurant: Going Back to the 1960s...In a Good Way
Claire's has an atmosphere about it as though it came right out of the 1960s. There are some updates (the track lighting apparatus is more along the lines of the 1990s) but general arrangement feels like it is out of the distant past.
This includes my experiences with the waitresses (yes, all were female when I visited), as they all were very friendly, and seemed to know their regular customers very well. Most of them were willing to talk to their customers about their lives, though not so much as to delay their service.
Waffles, pancakes and french toast items from the breakfast menu are available all day, every day.
There is a lounge towards the back of the restaurant which has somewhat stronger drinks available than what is shown on the normal menu.
Favorite Dish: What I had was the Vegetarian and Cheddar Cheese Omelet, which also included hash browns and two slices of toast. The ketchup here still comes in glass bottles, and it took a while to remember how to get good quality thick ketchup out of a glass bottle (you have to hit it in just the right spot on the side of the bottle). The total was $8.99 with $0.86 added for tax.
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A Very Taki Tiki Bar: Interesting Hawaiian Vibe
You walk into A Very Taki Tiki Bar, and instantly it lives up to its Ta(c)ky reputation. The whole bar/burger joint is covered in surfing paraphernalia, including a mannequin lifeguard and plenty of leis and fake palm trees and pictures of Elvis all over the place. It actually has its own little bit of charm, in a kitschy kind of way. There are a lot of flat screen TVs, as I guess it doubles as a sports bar sometimes. But when I was there for lunch, no one was watching.
Favorite Dish: The food was pretty darn good. I had a chicken sandwich, slathered in cheese, avocado, and bacon. It came with a great side of crunchy, not too large but not too stringy fries. Yum!
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