Walter Mencken 5:01 p.m., Nov. 25
Photo: View of Quivira Basin, Mission Bay
Those slothful afternoons under the palapa at the edge of Mission Bay, with really sloppy hot dogs and jammin’ music from bands like Swamp Critters (they’re playing tomorrow - Saturday - afternoon).
Talking about Jake’s Tiki Bar, an outgrowth from Mission Bay Deli (1549 Quivira Way, Mission Bay).
Jake's Tiki Bar
The Tiki Bar happens every Friday thru Sunday in the afternoon from two to six. The music’s usually Sunday afternoons only, but this Fourth of July bands’ll be playing all three days.
It’s a scene. Everybody just kind of gathers, catches a brewski from the 4-sided Tiki Bar (it’s stuck like a porcupine with signposts like “Pago Pago, 4942 miles.” “Dog Beach, 50 Butt Sniffs.” “Pacers, Just a Kiss Away). You order eats from the deli and then groove, and maybe dance, right out there while these bands wail away for four hours in the sun.
Fun? There’s something special going on here. People are a mix: either boaty (half the folk you're bumping shoulders with are live-aboards, seems), or hippy, or middle-classy even. But the feeling? You’re in a time-warp from the knockabout days when “I Cover the Waterfront” defined ’Diego (See the movie! Read the book! It's by this town’s Max Miller).
Food? There’s tons. What I’ve had and liked: cheeseburger, really luscious at $6.25; or even better, the spicy sausage hot dog ($3.90) or the chili cheese dog ($5.60).
But it’s about the laid-back fun, the music. Like a picnic, where you can dance, and nobody looks stupid, because, hey, we all do. It’s daytime. It’s outside.
So, number one, guys bring your rillies. Rillies, bring your guy, your dad, your kid, whatever. Catch the bus (the 8 or the 9) so you don’t have to drive home.
Oh, and when you get there, ask for Myra, Myra (yes, there are two of them) or Cambria. These ladies put up with a lot, and seem to love it.