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  •  That restaurant you're showing looks like (14+ / 0-)

    it's on or near the site of one of my favorite childhood haunts, Playland.

    As an essentially single parent to an autistic child, the idea of meet-up places has been mostly theoretical for the last several years.  But I'll give you a list of places which were in pretty heavy rotation over the years:

    High School:
    Red Boy Pizza, Larkspur, CA
    My social clique (We called ourselves the RJI) went there a couple of times a week.  Typical order would be a half 6/half 15(now a 14) and a whole 13.  We helped keep them in business in their early years.

    The CA Eatery (gone):

    the basement served as "The Catacombs" and later "The Eatery" where healthy, vegetarian, and inexpensive food was provided
    Whole wheat square pizza, brown rice & veggies with cheese, assorted veggie specials.

    O'Hara's Restaurant (gone):  Had the best hacon cheeseburger on the planet.  Spent a lot of time with my friends at the bar playing "around the world" and "alphabet".

    Early AA:

    The Roost (now gone):  my home group friends would take me over there after the meetings, and we would eat pizza and shoot the breeze for hours.  Ran into the young cashier a few years ago (now mother of two and a nurse); she still remembered my name.

    International Association eatery:  after the Thursday early night meeting, most of us would go next door to eat.

    More Than Just Ice Cream (now moved):  about a block away from the Saturday meeting, it was common for a few of us to head over there.  Food was just OK, but the apple pie was unbelievable.

    Later AA:

    The South Street Diner:  I started taking newcomers over there after my new home group meetings.  It became a  regular thing for a bunch of folks.  Even though I have moved, the tradition continues.

    Now, I just don't have time to meet up with anyone very often.  Although one friend of mine and I make a point of getting together on Wednesday nights; we don't have one place, but we do eat out.  And on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I take my boy down to his mom's for dinner, which, at my request, is almost always vegetarian.

    Getting back to Playland, they had the best corn-dogs.  And even though it is not a "meet-up", whenever I go to Trader Joe's near Cherry Hill, I stop at the Cool Dog Cafe, where they make a Corn Dog that takes me right back to age 8.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:17:51 AM PST

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