More and more, it seems that real restaurants are a disappearing breed. And by Restaurant, I mean a place where you can go in and enjoy a sit-down meal, perhaps even with an appetizer, main course and a dessert. Perhaps even a bottle of wine.
All too often, restaurants are being displaced by eating places where it seems that the main objective of whoever is in charge is to get you seated, take your order, deliver it, and have you eat it and get you out as fast as possible,
Obviously such places have to provide food that can be served up pretty fast, so there is no real need for a chef as such. All you need are a few short-order cooks.
I appreciate that some people just go to a restaurant to grab a bite to eat before going home to watch television, but what happened to the concept of going out for a leisurely meal and appreciating the whole dining experience, not just the food?
Fortunately, there are still some restaurants around that are a pleasure to visit, even if they are in the minority. With this in mind, this is the first in a series featuring restaurants that I personally enjoy. I plan to mention them by town or city, and I’ll apologize in advance for the fact that I know I will miss some. We’ll start with Alamo.
Restaurants of Alamo
Alamo is not exactly a culinary oasis, but to be fair, it is really just a small village. It does have a number of ethnic restaurants, although I wouldn’t say any of them are particularly memorable. Still, there are a couple of restaurants in Alamo that I think are certainly worthy of consideration.
The Peasant’s Courtyard
Pictured above, The Peasant’s Courtyard is one of the restaurants in Rodney Worth’s stable. Previously operated as a breakfast and lunch café, under Rodney’s ownership, it has much more of the feel of a neighborhood bistro. With pleasant indoor and outdoor eating areas, it has gained a lot of popularity, and the service is invariably friendly. Lots of regulars eat here. They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have an eclectic menu with something for everybody. In summer, it is a great place for a leisurely meal on the outdoor patio with family and friends.
Set in the same strip mall as Safeway, Xenia is an easy place to overlook, yet is one of the very few places in the area that I would say that almost has a pub-like ambiance. Like the Peasant’s Courtyard, it has, a very varied menu, from pasta and pizza to steaks and a range of other entrees including an excellent paella. Xenia also has some outdoor seating but being right on the parking lot it really doesn’t have the same appeal as the outside area at The Peasant’s Courtyard.