On the Happy Diner menu, there's a jalapeno burger named for the Port Police and a chicken and vegetable soup named for Congresswoman Janice Hahn. But that's not because those people more well-liked or because they tip in gold ducats. Rather, they once placed custom orders at the restaurant and the diner's other guests just happened to love the results. Actually, anyone can get a dish named after them if it becomes popular here, but the main takeaway is how the chefs are willing to experiment and adjust any dish to your specific requests. Even if you don't come up with your own tweaks, their creativity is what's behind the new dishes that pop up on the menu from week to week, adding to an already robust selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites.
Food with Homespun Hospitality
Italian-American hospitality inspires the cuisine at Gino and Tony Cutri's Raffaello Ristorante, which puts diners at ease with familiar renditions of Old-World staples. The pasta selection ranges from slender spaghetti to stout rigatoni. Dishes are embellished with sliced sausage, mushrooms, and other culinary adornments and glazed with house-made sauces of cream and parmesan or tomato, garlic, and basil. Classic chicken, veal, and seafood entrees round out the menu, which also includes a selection of bottles from the wine cellar and drinks from the fully stocked bar.
An Intimate, Homestyle Ambiance
The restaurant's coziness extends to its decor as well. Pale-yellow walls lined with bottles of wine, blonde wooden tables dotted with mosaic designs and burgundy wainscoting all contribute to the restaurant's inviting, homestyle ambiance. Impressionistic paintings of Italian plazas and Mediterranean seascapes line the walls and lend a pastoral flair to the setting.
"Barracuda" isn't just a classic rock song by seminal rock band Heart—it's also a fish often caught on fishing trips with 22nd Street Landing Sportfishing. The waters near 22nd Street Landing are brimming with a variety of fish including barracuda, rockfish, whitefish, yellowtail, calico bass, and halibut. Guests head out on expeditions aboard one of the company's many charter boats, reeling in an array of fish or relaxing on the deck and daydreaming about sushi dinners.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.