Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Diaz Café


My family and I had a good time this summer traipsing through Southeast Alaska. In Ketchikan, we had lunch at the Diaz Café, a modest eatery situated a short walk from the heavily touristed area where the cruise ships are docked. Despite its relative proximity to these modern-day leviathans, the colorful café evoked pleasant memories of a bygone era. Its laminated 8½- x 14-inch menu offered typical American fare on one side and an eclectic mixture of Asian dishes on the other, including chop suey, chow mein, and egg foo yong. Seeing this old-fashioned triumvirate of Chinese-American cuisine, I became curious as to when the menu was last updated. When our server told us that nothing had changed since the late 1940s, I knew we had struck gold.