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Thirsty Bear: Tapas and craft beer

A couple weeks ago I went up to San Francisco to attend Ad Tech and the Marketers Ball. As I only went up for the day, I did not have a room to go to while killing time between the two events; I had a parking spot and there was no sense moving, so I called Tanya and had her do a search for a micro brewery that might be within walking distance. After a few minutes she came up with the Thirsty Bear, which happened to be just a couple of blocks away from where I was at the Moscone Center. A micro brewery that serves tapas and Spanish food, how can I beat that?

As I approached the establishment I realized I had been here before, but it must have been for a private party that was upstairs or in the back somewhere because I had never noticed that they had a wide selection of craft beers on tap. Come to think of it, I never realized they sold food. It was around 6:00 PM, so the place was pretty packed. The bartender, Noe, assured me I could order dinner at the bar so I grabbed a stool and ordered a beer sampler. They had everything from pilsner to stout; however, they were out of the Howard Street IPA. Judging by all the frowns I noticed in my time there, it must be pretty good. I will be back; hopefully they will have some in stock. Continue reading

Don Quijotes Spanish Restaurante

Don Quijote’s Spanish Restaurante
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Indiana’s oldest and only authentic Spanish restaurant

I enjoy good food. Finding good food can present a challenge at times, especially when you travel to places that are not exactly tourist attractions. Northwest Indiana is one of those places. While Cracker Barrel and Steak and Shake are okay in a pinch, they do not exactly meet my standards for a quality meal. Don Quijote’s Restaurante in downtown Valparaiso definitely is the exception to the rule as far as good food is concerned.

I first heard of the place when driving here from Chicago. There was a billboard claiming it was the only Spanish restaurant in Indiana. Since it was in the town I was headed to, it only made sense to check it out. I am glad I did. The owners, Elena and Carlos are a pleasure to talk to and the food is great. Frequently, our server is Susana who is cute and efficient which completes the dining experience.

It is my understanding that Indiana now has a second Spanish restaurant a couple hundred miles from here, so they had to change the billboard. As long as they do not change the quality of food and service Don Quijote’s will always be Indiana’s only Spanish restaurant as far as I am concerned.

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