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Restaurants and Bars around the world you would love to clone..

For me, love love love the Ferry Building in SF that I would love to have in every city.
Campbell Apartment in NYC
Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in O'ahu
Durant's in Phoenix
Piret's San Diego..RIP
Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur
Bloody Mary's Bora Bora
Every lobster shack in Maine

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  1. The crappy tapas bar that I found in Sevilla the first time I was there.( I don't even remember the name or the street); it was about 40c outside, just out of the train, stoped for a beer (or a few) with (probably canned) caracoles and re-heated chorizo!!!

    I wish we had simple "stand up" tapas bars in Montreal.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      More places in my town are grabbing onto the tapas concept -- a drink and a bite at the bar -- and it really is so much fun. I think it must be tough, though, to do a single stand-up-type tapas bar, as opposed to one of six or eight on a street where one wanders from one to another.

      1. re: Maximilien

        there was a great tapas bar in (well under really) the Plaza Major in Madrid specializing in fantastic stuffed mushrooms. it had been there for 400 years+ but the frescoes on the walls were of The Flintstones! too weird and funny a juxtaposition.

        1. re: hill food

          You are right about the juxtaposition. The Flintstones preceded the Madrid Plaza by several million years....

          1. re: Veggo

            well exactly. it's amazing they survived the ages

      2. I'd be cool if the Toronado Pub in SF could be cloned and placed here on Main Street in my little Jersey Shore town.

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        1. re: MGZ

          MGZ: Would you want to have the Toronado bartender crew be reproduced as well?

          1. re: Tripeler

            I never got attitude off them. at the Noc-Noc, yes. but not the Toronado.

            1. re: hill food

              Great you were copacetic with the Toronado staff. Myself and so many others consider the bar pretty much a battle zone of hostility. But apparently the Toronado in San Diego is quite different.

              Where is the Noc-Noc?

              1. re: Tripeler

                a few doors down/up (anyway West) on Haight closer to Steiner. a sort of Flintstones BierStube as envisioned by sculptor David Smith on psychotropic drugs filtered through a certain 1970 Japanese marketing crew. fuzzed out TV's, sound (not music, sound) on the speakers, beer, wine and sake cocktails. lots of pillows on the floor.

                haven't been in years, can't believe it looks like it's still open. a likely place to nod off on Class-A felony opiates.

                ehh in the long run they were good neighbors.

                maybe the Toronado crew were cool to me since they saw me walk by almost every day... situational luck.

                1. re: hill food

                  Hill food -- thanks for the tip about Noc Noc. Seems very comfortable for such a high concept execution.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    oh umm I um (smirking) I uh wasn't being exactly complimentary. not a bad place and it served it's role

                    1. re: hill food

                      Very little chance I would go anyway. Hey, I still go to the Toronado when in SF, but pay in a way not to require change. Too many lessons learned.

            2. re: Tripeler

              Funny, I don't recall anything odd or annoying about the staff. Perhaps, it is through the magical properties of time whereby the sharp edges and rougher spots of our memories are rounded and softened like a piece of glass tumbling for years in the sea. (This was the premise I used to select the "favorite" restaurants for my profile page.)

              Then again, it could be the fact that when one lives in the land of Coors Light specials, "frosty" mugs, and dirty tap lines, a place that reveres beer gives off a holy glow blinding one to the blemishes. Besides, when it's always a possibility that a hostile, fading, nicotine-throated, "Jersey Girl" might be your breakfast server at any local diner, one grows a bit callous to such things.

            1. You didn't specifically say they had to be current of-this-moment places, so...

              The old Diamond Jim's at the Lenox Hotel.
              Where I would walk in and my Manhattan straight up, two cherries would be in my hand within minutes without anything more from me other than a wink at the waitress and a murmured "the usual". Then listen to folks from all over including, on occasion, members of the Boston Lyric Opera regale us with song while Ms White expertly played the piano.

              The old Yook Woo Hin from 60's and 70's KL where I could get my "wat tan ngow yook cheen heong mai" and other dishes, the equivalents in lusciousness of which I have never found again elsewhere, and are not to be found at itself nowadays.

              Just two off the top of my head.

              1. Blackfriar Tavern on the Thames in central London, UK.

                1. One of the many decent cafes you can find in Paris, hopefully wrapping around a street corner with many tables outside. Croissants and cafe au lait in the morning, stop for a ham and cheese on a baguette and a glass of ordinary red wine for lunch and then come back at dinner time for steak frites and a good bottle of red wine, maybe topped with a Calvados while you watch the world go by.

                  1. Any one of about 50 beachfront palapa seafood places in tropical Mexico.

                    1. Drinks on the porch at Tahiti Nui on Kauai; Tripes Provençal at Café Europa on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence; grilled pig's feet at whatever that little outdoor restaurant across from the cathedral at Chartres was called; another unnamed but utterly pleasant ristorante with just okay food but a wonderful overview of Alberobello from its covered terrace; Chez Julien in Paris; Tom's Cafe (RIP) in Marshall, IL ca. 1959; The Hofbrau (also RIP) on 4th Ave. in Anchorage; every little local joint that serves real food and smells like coffee, pancakes and flat-grilled meat when you walk in; that restaurant in the fishing village on the Kowloon side, across HK Harbor from the old airport, where Martin Yan chose all the seafood and vegetables for the best Chinese meal we've ever had; beer and peanuts at the Salty Dawg Saloon on Homer Spit, Homer AK and breakfast at the Silver King (RIP) on the river in Anchor Point. Those are all I can think of just now, but I could probably just about take over the thread if I sat here long enough. It's why I learned to cook; I can't go back to all of those places, especially the defunct ones, so I just gotta make those smells and flavors myself, or try to.

                      1. Raku / Vegas. Because I don't know why I'd go back to Vegas, but I would go back for Raku. If it weren't a 5 hour flight, that is.

                        Grand Central Oyster Bar & Yasuda.

                        1. Can't speak for the World, but I'd go for a hologram of Arthur Bryant holding court over his pit men
                          at Arthur Bryant's. Throw in a La Cumbre circa 1983 when I first discovered the wonder of
                          a Mission Burrito.
                          And Town Topic in KC for the aroma of fresh ground burgers with grilled onions along
                          with hash browns and fried eggs at 3:00 am in an all comers 24 hour diner.

                          1. The Rendezvous in Memphis Tennessee would be one......

                            1. RIP - places from the past of fond memory:

                              Washington Square Bar and Grill in SF's North Beach - great place to hang out

                              Don the Beachcomber at Waikiki - the ultimate and original tiki bar

                              China Station in Berkeley - good bar and great menu plus race pride attitude

                              1. Love all your responses!

                                Tonga room at the Fairmont SF
                                House without a key in O'ahu
                                The Office in Cabo
                                Restaurante La Gruta, Teotihuacan, Mexico City

                                1. these are all great or sound like they were great (RIP) but I don't think I'd want to clone anything as the original is special for a reason. I'd want to create hybrids and a mash-up of something new.

                                  reincarnate/resurrect Bruno from Persian aub Zam Zam (SF) and park him at a similar bar in a peculiar funeral home that hosts wakes and also serves nibbles from Thai House #1 (also SF and RIP) and Boca Chica (NYC)

                                  1. My favorite beach shack style restaurant on Phuket that had a menu the size of a small town's phone book full of Thai specialties, the freshest seafood and plenty of cold beer.
                                    Yeah, Texas could use one of those...

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                                    1. re: alliegator

                                      you and me both. well any town would be richer for a place like that really.

                                    2. You had me until Bloody Mary's Bora Bora

                                      I just don't get that place and one of the least interesting meals in all of Polynesia.

                                      My list is way too long, but right now I'm feeling for Le Garde Robe Paris. Small intimate wine bar with good charcuterie.

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                                      1. re: thimes

                                        It wasn't about the meals at Bloody Mary's in Bora Bora but the drinks and Tahitian vibe.
                                        I'm a Moorea chick but many wouldn't know our local fave, Blue Pineapple.

                                      2. The Verrazzano wine bar in Florence. Great wine, great food and one of my favorite places in the world to spend time people-watching.