We are stuck inside. And that is the only rationale I have for watching a half-hour info-mercial hawking the Time-Life “Golden Age of Country” box set. I ask you, when was the last time you heard the name Ferlin Husky? Or the name Porter Wagoner? And can you hear “Stand by Your Man” without thinking of Jake and Elwood in The Blues Brothers?
But this is taking me away from the topic at hand—the Old City Hall Restaurant in Gilroy, CA, that is located in, of all places, the Old City Hall.
“The Gilroy Historical Society was formed in 1966 when the Old City Hall (1905) was threatened with destruction…” (gilroyhistoricalsociety.snappages.com). Nine years later, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"...He married Maria Clara de La Ascencion Ortega, daughter of the family that owned Rancho San Ysidro and together they had 17 children. Inheriting a third of Rancho San Ysidro through his wife, Gilroy became a prominent landowner who served for many ears as the local Alcalde (mayor) and later justice of the peace. John Gilroy exemplified the early California tradition of hospitality that sheltered travelers, welcomed guests and celebrated life" (waymarking.com).
The interior space of the restaurant is divided into a dining room (below)
While listing on the National Register guarantees that the exterior of a building will remain intact, no such promises are made about the interior. I suspect that the “Moorish” arch over the door leading into the main dining area
While the sandwich had been pressed, in my opinion it should have spent longer in the press. Usually, a Cuban is pressed almost flat. The French roll was not as toasty and crisp as it should have been, and the meats were not as hot as they should have been. And the fries were so dry that they must have been kept hot under a heat lamp.
At first I thought that the dressing on my pasta (actually elbow macs) salad was pesto, but it seemed to be a herb dressing instead. The salad contained some finely chopped celery and onion and was really quite good.
Overall, our lunch at Old City Hall was good. Not great. Good. And earns 3.5 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.