Friday, December 28, 2007

Commercial Restaurant kitchen

You can't have a meal at the Commercial Restaurant anymore, but in the 1850's a restaurant operated out of what was once a family home called La Casa de Machado y Silvas. Over time, the house also functioned as a boarding house, a saloon, an art studio, a souvenir shop, a museum, and a church. According to the brochure the restaurant served simple meals dominated by meats. On the brochure, there is also a short recipe for beef tongue in hot sauce given by one of the descendants of the Machado family.


Blogger GMG said...

Machado and Silva are also Portuguese names; I wonder where did the 19th century owners come from...
Wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2008!

Sat Dec 29, 07:23:00 AM PST  
Blogger expat said...

We have many Portuguese immigrant families here in San Diego, especially in the Point Loma area, near the ocean. Portuguese and Italians were the foundation of the once-thriving tuna industry here (now vanished to places that tax it less). Many became millionaires -- the Da Silvas and Verissimos are two examples. I like to think (based on intuition only) that one reason the Portuguese are comfortable here is that we are on exactly the same latitude as the Azores.

Sat Dec 29, 07:51:00 AM PST  

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