PJ's Abbey in Orange and a little Orange County history
Yesterday I took Marcy to PJ'S Abbey in Orange for a belated birthday lunch. And although she tried to assure me the waitress didn't hate me for asking if they served Coke (not Pepsi) and if it came from a fountain (not the bar squirt gun), I could sense her hostility. As if drinking Pepsi is the most normal thing in the world.
I tried to convince our waitress I would be "low maintenance" the rest of the lunch, but I proved to be the diner she had feared--as if asking for two dressings on the side is a sin or something.
PJ's Abbey would be the place to ask for forgiveness for all my dining iniquities since it was a church up until 1994. The large stained class window in the front difuses the light streaming in on the lunch-time crowd.
The artwork throughout the old church is rustic and original, made from old doors and recycled elements.
After lunch we cruised The Circle. I'm not sure how I feel about all the changes going on around there--lots of the old antique stores have close and newer shops are coming in.
Watson's is still there, as it has been since 1899.
Local writer Chris Epting sent me his book "Vanishing Orange County" and in it he had this picture of Watson's along with pictures of Sam's Seafood in Huntington Beach and other restaurants still standing in Orange County.
In his introduction he mentions the piece I wrote for the OC Register called