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May 12, 2012 06:36 AM

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.