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April 10, 2010

A Petaluma Night Out with High School Friends

Last night I had the pleasure of getting together with some friends that I haven't seen since high school (25 years ago!) My Petaluma high school best friend, Mary, was in town from Florida visiting family. We have just recently gotten back into contact with one another via FaceBook but it's so much better visiting in person. Her visit called for a Petaluma night out on the town. Our first stop was Old Chicago Pizza which is located in historical downtown Petaluma in the Landmart Building, that at one time was one of the town's brothels in the mid 1800's. The serve up the VERY BEST deep dish pizza! Our second stop on the agenda was the old 'watering hole' and Petaluma favorite, Andresen's. Yes, they really do sell liquor to go by the bottle..... Andresen’s tavern has been in existance since 1934 Andresen. Time has definitely stood still in this bar....from all the wildlife that hang on the walls to the sepia toned atmosphere. Along with a display of antique pistols and rifles, Andresen’s is a museum of hunting trophies in it's own right. The majority of the animals have come from three generations of Andresen family hunting trips. The sable, kudo, impala were brought back by a brother from an African safari. Other heads, such as the buffalo, were bought or traded, and the last addition to the collection, a wild boar, came from a devoted customer. Our last stop was the good old Hide-Away which is another long time Petaluma bar. Sorry, too dark to take photos inside...... I'm already looking forward to Mary's next visit. It's great getting together with a friend that you can go right back in time with to cherish precious memories (and be reminded of some as well) even with all the years traveled in between time :) Happy Saturday! Pin It


mhgdairy said...

Andresen's would definitely be my kind of place.

Dana Gustafson said...

If this post doesn't say "petaluma" I don't know what does! LOL :) Thanks for the walk down my memory lane via YOUR memory lane and fun night out with friends!

Sherri Stewart said...

Ah, the best spots on the planet. Or least NorCal. Or in ALL of California, really. I would love to open an Old Chicago in Alameda. I've been around the block a few times where pizza is concerned, and Old Chicago remains my All Time Favorite. Nancy, if you visit the Oakland Zoo, I expect a pie delivered to my house on the way! ;-)