Eat Here! North Woods

Look at that, will you! Snow in Southern California!!! 🙂 One of my favorite restaurants since childhood is Clearman’s North Woods. I have many fond memories of the days, long ago, when my dad would take our family to the one in Arcadia. We’d wait in the bar for our table, my brother and me enthralled by the bowls of peanuts on each table, but mostly shocked when we were instructed to throw the shells on the floor! This was fantastic! Ahh, and memories of each visit when my mom would hand me some small amount of money and nudge me towards the ragtime piano player, to whom I would shyly whisper out the requested “If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie).” I’d slink back to my seat, my brother snickering at me all the way, and drown my woes in the Shirley Temple my dad had ordered for me.Eat Here! (North Woods) (3)

These days, I still prefer dining in the bar, but sadly miss the old ragtime piano that’s long since been replaced by big screen televisions on the walls. I order a beer and the Steak Sandwich, medium rare, accompanied by North Wood’s famous red cabbage salad, a green salad with blue cheese dressing, rice pilaf, and the absolute best cheesy toast in the world! Enjoying my bowl of peanuts while waiting for my meal to arrive, I’m blissfully a child again, tossing shells on the floor. ~Sue Bee (photos by SueBee) PS: seems like a great choice for those Valentine’s Day folks!

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8 Comments on “Eat Here! North Woods”

  1. mk
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm #


  2. Feb 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Changing the piano for a TV is a really bad swap.

    • Feb 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Agree. And Kat is a fabulous pianist, especially classical & ragtime, she would have loved it.

  3. Feb 14, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    I feel like the best places to eat are the places where you can toss peanut shells on the floor. 🙂

  4. Feb 14, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    I like the look of the decor – kind of retro, and removed from the rest of the world.

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