Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Funday

So the heat wave isn't over, but hubs and I decided (well, I decided and he reluctantly acquiesced) to take a walk this morning. Our neighborhood is not the best for walking because it's sandwiched between the main street in Pacific Beach and the entrance to I-5, but we decided to check out a new area we haven't been. It's pretty office parky, but there was this Grand Opening sign for a new restaurant.

The outside had sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza carved into the walls so we figured it was a Spanish restaurant (or more importantly a new place for sangria-fueled happy hours).

We stick our heads in and this is what we see:

Amazing! So beautiful! Turns out there's a dance studio attached and they offer tango and salsa lessons at night. So, we ask the host to see a menu and got more than a little surprise when I saw pirogi, stuffed cabbage and weinerschnitzel, knodel, and goulash. I thought I was back in Detroit or Chicago for a minute.

Then the host (whose first name turned out to be the tongue challenging Zbigniew) explained that the previous owner had sold the building on the stipulation that it never change. They can't change the decor--they can only repair something if it's damaged but they have to keep everything the same.

So basically you have an Eastern European restaurant decorated with Spanish architecture and flags from all the Hispanic countries around the world. Too funny!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! It's gorgeous! But I'd be laughing outloud if I didn't know, seeing the menu after admiring the interior of this restaurant! At the very least, they could throw guacamole & tortilla chips on the menu as an appetizer ;-)