Originally posted by jim hilton
Yesterday I made a few posts that might have been considered by some to be a lttle, errr, "flamboyantly angry". I would like to atone by starting what I hope will be a fun topic.
I saw nothing to atone for but it IS a fun topic.
I'd like to hear about the two eating places that best represent the essence of your town,
In San Francisco:
1. The Ferry Building Marketplace: http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
. If you check out the web site you'll see that this isn't really a single place but a collection of places in a renovated architectural icon. As such, it "represents" both SF's tradition of honoring, preserving and, if possible, reusing the old while at the same time innovating the new. And the food offerings really do, I think, include all the best of the area from "fast" food at Taylor's Refresher to haute wines, artisanal products, fabulous seafood and even an outlet of my favorite cookware store, Sur la Table.
2. Nihonmachi/Japan Center: http://www.inetours.com/Pages/SFNbrhds/JapanTown.html
. This is another collection of places, all Japanese in this case. It's really a completely Japanese shopping center but that concept in itself kind of makes it "representative" of the Bay Area because hardly anywhere else will you find a sizeable enough Asian community to make something like this work commercially. Still, it contains a large variety of pretty authentic Japanese eating places (I lived in Japan for 15 months--I've eaten real Japanese food), including one of my favorite "Roadfood" places, Sapporo-Ya noodle restaurant (ramen).
In (or near) Green Valley, AZ:
1. Miguel's Mexican Restaurant: This place is certainly the most popular Mexican place in town and serves very good food (actually, their beef fajitas are "to die for"). It's family owned and operated--the family is actually a local dynasty as another branch of the same family owns Miguel's chief competition, which is similar and almost as good, La Placita).
2. The Cow Palace:
This place represents the "Anglo" side of the local cultural mix, serving a variety of "comfort" entrees like "chicken fried steak" and meatloaf.