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The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

While this building isn't old, the restaurant itself is.  The original locations closed and moved, yet this masterpiece of Hearty food lives on, with prices from another decade.  The menu is starch, starch and starch with only delicious fresh cole slaw to break it up.  I had the meatloaf, while my friend had the specialty chicken pot pie.  Definately worth a trip.

Fjords Smorg-ette and Sweden House

Vintage Postcard for Fjords Smorgette

Before all of America was fat, and perhaps influenced by Abba, but probably not, there was a Swedish explosion in America.  In South Florida, where I grew up, we had Sweden House.  Everyone was going overboard for Smörgåsbord.  I cannot recall if I actually ever ate at one, but I definately passed them.   

Recently I ran across the top postcard for Fjords Smorg-ette.  Clearly on the West coast they knew those blurpin Californians would not get on bord with such a long name.  

If I recall correctly, Sweden House restaurants ran all the way up the East Coast.  A quick search of Fjords yielded only a sole vacant location with a facebook page.  If you have time, you should search youtube for Sweden House commercials.  They are 70s perfection.  I wonder what caused the Smorgas-armageddon?  Though we still have places like Golden Corral, they just don't seem to have the same charm.

Sweden House at Ultraswank.

Sweden House at My Florida History

Fjords Facebook Page.

Manolo-Miami Beach (not the shoes)

Theres an Argentinian Churro joint I enjoy visiting in the North Beach area of Miami Beach called Manolo.  I liken it to an Argentinian Dennys and I thought it was a huge chain.  Turns out there are only a handful of them.  I love these Tin Plate sandwiches, lightly toasted crustless sammies with things like olives and ham.  I've not had the placemat recommended bacon pizza.  The desserts are phenomenal or should I say FLANnomeneal!