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05: Favorite Establishments
Bill and Kathy's

Bill and Kathy’s

Bill and Kathy’s was one of the great, independent, family-owned travel-oriented restaurants along I-5 that are now virtually extinct. Situated in Dunnigan just north of where 505 and 5 meet, it opened in 1947 and was long a popular stop for families making the boring trek through the dusty northern central valley. It closed a...

Favorite Establishments – Chico, CA

Party town USA. Whenever I told people in Seattle that I went to college at Chico State, they always answered with “party town”! Well… you can certainly still have fun at Chico. But you can get a very good education too if you go to class. Anyways… had to mention some of my favs in...

i like shorty’s

I like Shorty’s Coney Island. It is fun and they have good beer and Chicago dogs to die for! Scary clowns everywhere and some cool video games too! I frequented the 5point cause of location so I have become rather fond of it too. I am a go-out-aholic so I really love a lot of...

Senor Rosa’s

I think a place that has not been mentioned but certainly deserves it is Senor Rosa’s. Senor Rosa’s is a burrito joint in Redding. I think every city of considerable size has its hip burrito joint where they make the traditional ‘big as a babies arm’ burrito. Sacramento has Gordito Burrito; I think Chico has...

Sactown: Capitol Tea Garden

I had to mention The Capitol Tea Garden in Sacramento, mainly because this is a favorite hangout for my soon-to-be-wife and me. If you like Dim Sum (or want to be schooled on what it is), you can’t do much better than this place. If you’re ever wandering around hungry in Sac, head to 10th...

The Old Vic – Gone, but not forgotten.

For a long time, The Old Vic in Santa Rosa was a favorite hangout of Paco and I (and several of the other amigos locos as well). In fact, long after we had both moved away from the area, Paco and I once made a pilgrimage from Sacramento one evening just to go there. I...

Favorite Portland Points of Relaxation

There are many fine establishement in the Greater Portland area where one can take a break, have a few drinks and relax. The following two are my favorite: The Skyline Saloon: Located on top of the far north end of Portland’s West Hills (Tualitan Mountains) on Skyline road. This is a very simple, plain, no...

Kell’s and Scotty Joe

There are many fine pubs in Portland, but I always have to come back to Kell’s as being my favorite non-Mcminimum’s associated. Kell’s was always a place for many occasions and moods. I had a celebratory dinner in there restaurant when I graduated from college – their broasted lamb shanks was by far the most...

Suger Ring, Feets, and Cho Bars : Tan’s Donuts

I think it was Paco and I who made the first visit to the now legendary Tan’s Donuts. It’s a great little donut place, run by a nice Asian family. Due to their limited understanding of the English language, they have adopted a rather unique method for naming the things they sell. For example, a...

Favorite Establishments (Seattle)

Cinerama. Dixie’s BBQ. 13 Coins. Bauhaus. Wild Ginger. Pink Door. Crocodile Cafe. There are about a hundred others that are worth mentioning, but these are probably the best on my list. Seattle unquestionably has the highest concentration of cool places and good restaurants compared to any other west coast city.

Favorite Establishments – Portland OR

From my limited days in the Rose city I have the following opinion on some of the finer establishments…. Favorite Bar – Alibi – The place to sing a song. One of the all time classic moments was watching Fernando absolutely butcher to death “Nothing Compares to You” by Sinead O’Connor. It was Fernando’s birthday,...

Favorite Establishments – Seattle Urban Area

From my time in Seattle I made it a point to frequent MANY different places as I could… so in my limited time there I got to try a bunch of different places to eat and drink. Favorite Lunch – Dixie’s BBQ – Already mentioned before… but the brisket there ROCKS. Plus brave souls can...