A dead stop on 101 south of Gilroy on our way home to Salinas tonight forced a detour through Watsonville over 128. Taking advantage of our unexpected routing, my brother suggested that we pick up tamales at d'la Colmena on Lake St. We had some for dinner tonight and they're packed with juicy chunks o'pork and lots of sauce. Such a deal at $13.95/doz.
Driving through the surrounding industrial zone and spotting the Del Monte Grill (was the best steak in town) and Beach St. Cafe was like a trip down memory lane. It's been ages since I've visited these two spots and wonder whether they're still good.
Heading back to Salinas down Hwy 1, we drove through downtown Castroville where I see that Central Texas Pit BBQ is still around, likewise La Scola (Little Schoolhouse), Giant Artichoke, and Bing's Diner. I noticed that the restaurant in the Franco Hotel (next to the Norma Jean museum and lounge) is now the Franco Diner with a big banner "Menudo $4" outside. My brother said that Bing's is now Korean BBQ. Any news on these reminders of my childhood?