Coffee Shops make me nostalgic. Dunno why, it’s not like I really ever went to them much growing up. Maybe it’s just because there were so many of them back in the 70’s. And the term “coffee shop”–is this just a West Coast thing? Because the Mr. never heard it before, he thinks coffee shops are just diners. Which to me is a completely different animal.
For example–Coffee Shop:
The top photo is of a Sambo’s–any of you old enough to remember those? I admit they weren’t PC, but the one in Auburn, CA, where we lived was one of my favorite places to go. Besides, what does a 5 year old know about political correctness? They had a big mural of Sambo chillin’ with the tigers that I loved. It was sort of like this, but I don’t remember exactly:
There’s an old Sambo’s restaurant here in Sacramento on Folsom Blvd right past 65th. For a time, it had a phase as one of my favorite lunch spots–it was called Mexico 70. So named for the 1970 World Cup, held in Mexico City. They made this chicken soup you could get for about $3, that came with a bowl of condiments like onion, cilantro and lime and a big old basket of freshly made tortillas. It was the best lunch ever. Plus it still looked pretty much like Sambo’s inside. But they closed and now it’s some stupid fancy tequila restaurant.
Wow, I’ve really gotten off topic here. Coffee shops. We still have a fair amount of them left here. You know, the good ones that haven’t been updated. A good pair are down off of Mack Road. Original Perry’s, on the East Side of the 99, and Mr. Perry’s, on the West Side. Why open 2 coffee shops less than a mile from each other? I don’t know. But O Perry’s is a bonafide truck stop, so you know there’s probably some decent eats in there.
Here’s a pretty awesome review I found on CitySearch–I can’t really say it any better than this. If you’re up for a truck stop/coffee shop experience, stop in on O’Perry’s. I’m trying the frest fried chicken with gravy next time for sure.