This month, we’ve compiled a selection of restaurants with a unique history behind their establishment or their location. Read on to learn a little bit more about some of these intriguing eateries…
San Diego, CA: Set in an exquisite landscape and finely manicured gardens, The Prado at Balboa Park is located at the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego’s famous Balboa Park. Chef Jonathan Hale has created a first class menu, earning awards from the Gaslamp Quarter Association and the designation “Best Downtown Restaurant” from SD Home & Garden Magazine.
Seattle, WA: 13 Coins is a timeless Seattle institution where generations have settled in for an unforgettable experience since 1967. Famed for its high backed booths, swiveling captain’s chairs and an exhibition kitchen known for lively, counter-side exchanges, 13 Coins has been host to countless nights on the town with friends.
Portland, OR: A Portland favorite since 1979, Cassidy’s Restaurant is located in a historic building in the heart of downtown Portland. Cassidy’s menu features creative regional cuisine of local seafood, premium-cut meats and fresh pasta. The restaurant offers a well-chosen wine list, beer selection, classic cocktails and a bar that has earned its reputation as one of the finest in town.
Spokane, WA: The Davenport Hotel opened in September of 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts, accordion ballroom doors and Crab Louis (named for Louis Davenport). The Safari Room is located in the Davenport hotel and serves Southern style food, reminiscent of the chef’s upbringing. Enjoy smoked barbeque ribs, gumbo, fire-roasted flatbreads, delicious gourmet sandwiches and salads and house made desserts.
Phoenix, AZ: In 1947, Stockyards Restaurant officially opened and quickly became a favorite gathering place for cattlemen, bankers and politicians. In 2004, a visionary team painstakingly restored and revitalized the restaurant, which was recently added to the City of Phoenix Historical Register. The Stockyards has retained its Old West comfort and charm while remaining one of Phoenix’s favorite steakhouses.
Chicago, IL: Bank Lane Bistro is a small, casual, French-American restaurant overlooking Market Square. Located in a historic building, tastefully expanded in 1997, Bank Lane Bistro offers an intimate interior dining room with wood burning oven, or the enclosed porch or balcony overlooking Market Square. When it warms up, the balcony is opened up for guests to enjoy the often short (but always lovely!) summer season.
Santa Cruz, CA: Located right on the beach where the Harbor meets the sea, The Crow’s Nest is one of Santa Cruz’ most beloved restaurants. For over 40 years guests have returned again and again for breathtaking panoramic views of Santa Cruz Harbor, lighthouse and wharf, and to enjoy award-winning cuisine, spirits and live entertainment. The restaurant is known for their fresh seafood, pasta creations, Midwestern aged beef and daily chef’s specials. The Crow’s Nest is truly the flagship restaurant of the California coast.