Yesterday I worked out of our Greenwood office, and we wanted to take one of our volunteers out to lunch. I've heard the Baranof has good diner food, but have never been there. One of my past coworkers said that the Baranof "is where drunks go to die." I don't hang out a lot at bars, but I have been to the Baranof around noon, and been in the back bar area. I was working. We were flyering the neighborhood, and I was amazed at how many people were blind-drunk in the middle of the day, no judgments, just genuine shock.
The Baranof is like a step back in time. It's straight out of the late 60s/early 70s. The dining area is covered in fishing nets, and each table has a book on end, for décor? One of my coworkers likened it to that strange place you pull over for when you're on a long road-trip. The service is terrible, and they have many humorous signs in the dining area acknowledging this deficiency. I heard that they had a salad served in a clam-shell shaped bowl. I was so there! I didn't know which salad it was, but the Shrimp Louie made sense. I went for it, and was richly rewarded.
Did I mention that the water glasses are recycled beer bottles? The food was good, and I was super excited to see that they serve breakfast all day. Some days I don't care about good service. I just want good grub. I'll definitely be back for more.
I can count on one hand the foods I dislike, and I'll typically even eat those. Typically frugal, but I'll pay top dollar for an amazing/unique dining experience. Never passed up a free meal, which has led me to become the #36 ranked eater in Major League Eating. July 4th, 2020 will be my third time competing in the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest at Coney Island. I've been on ESPN. That's right people, I'm an athlete.