My wife and I spent the evening with a couple friends recently and I told them about my Yesteryear Remembered blog. Well, immediately after hearing this, the husband started thinking of different ideas to suggest for my blog. He mentioned a few things, but I told him that those were already in the blog, then he chimed in again, “what about the Pacific Dining Car”. I paused for a second, then said, I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never been there before and added the purpose of my blog is to document things from my past, so unfortunately, I can’t use it.
Our evening was winding down, and the husband said we’ll take you to the Pacific Dining Car, that way you can say you’ve been there, and write about it in your blog. We all agreed, and set a date and time to get together for dinner and then ended our evening.
The date arrived when we were to meet with our friends for dinner at the Pacific Dining Car. We picked them up and drove to Los Angeles to the restaurant. The restaurant sits on the corner of the street behind a white picket fence and has a very unusual sign with two, 3 dimensional cows mounted on the pole below it.
When you first walk through the front door, you are entering the original part of the restaurant which is an actual train dining car. All of the other rooms that branch off from there, were added on later to accommodate the growing number of clientele. The interior decor takes you back to the old days of high class train travel. The walls were clad in green paint with wood trim throughout and the lighting was warm and subdued.
The four of us sat in one of the side rooms which was similarly appointed to match the decor of the main entrance. We were handed our menus which had a variety of steaks (which they are known for), seafood and other side dishes. Our waiter was a great source of entertainment all throughout the evening. He was from Nicaragua, but he spoke fluent Japanese to one of our friends, who in turn spoke fluent Japanese back. All evening we tried throwing different languages at him, like Spanish, Korean, Italian, Chinese and Thai. Mind you, these were only simple greetings or very short phrases that we picked up, but he always had a longer reply in that language (which of course we didn’t understand). We found out later that evening that his hobby is learning different languages.
We were all served our respective meals and the overall consensus was, the food was delicious, a bit pricey, but delicious. I had the baseball steak which was excellent! Would I go back again–yes!!!
You can visit the Pacific Dining Car website at the link below: