I am glad you and your friends had a great time in the Burgh' Jerry. I am thinking that the hamburger joint is a classic called "white castle" of which the first was in Pittsburgh. It has been around a LONG time, and actually most grocery stores in this area at least have the little mini burgers (frozen) for sale. I do not know if it is nationwide or not. If that was not the location, it may be a little independant place which is right down the street from the hotel, but more then likely it was the White Castle. Sound familiar?
My favorite dish at the Kiku is actually the Tako (octopus). It is a really fresh, firm, white meat which I have acquired a strong preference for over the years. Sometimes I like it better than Lobster!
Let me know if you make it back this way, as I can recommend some really good new places to eat which are new to the area. Enjoy your day!
Thanks for the update, but it was not "White Castle", they are famous here in St. Louis, but I have never been there. This place was an independent local place that was old and just down the street from the hotel. About a block away from the hotel and river. It is no big thing. This is why I now carry my camera to record such places and experiences. Thanks for the information on Kiku, that was the place we dined. It was a night of storms and the lightning show was spectacular from the place.
Have a great day!
Primante does not have a location close to Renaissance, although they have expanded to other areas. There is a little independant place right on the same block as the hotel, but everythng is so compressed in that area. I do know where Jerry is talking about though, it is just that they name eludes me right now.
Danny's is about 4 miles from my house! It is still really good, but the prices are out-of-control these days. Still best Steak Hogie in the area!
I love lightening. Sorry I cannot remember the name of the place, but I know where you are talking about, it is on the same side as the hotel, just right down the street. I asked my girlfriend, and she does not remember the name either. I will find out, as it is driving me crazy!
Nice work, we need to nickname you "Sherlock"! ( I will be in that pub, named after him next week!).
Doubleday's it is, and was a great spot for a pint and a burger! By the way, the Renaissance was recently rated one of the best properties in the Marriott chain.
Thanks again Al!
By the way, I am also into Numismatics, have been since I was a kid! I have not actively collected in awhile, but I know all of the basic ropes like Washington quarter introduced 1932. 1909 VDB Lincoln penny, most of the rare dates, etc. Give me a little test, I promise not to google. Nobody to converse with in this area in my age bracket, but I wish there was. Something I really enjoyed!
Al (I should say "Sherlock"!),
I was at The ANA coins show in Pittsburgh and stayed at The Renaissance. I have worked with the US, Polish, French and British Mints, and that has always been fun, because you are not just traveling, but learning local cultures and enjoying local dining.
Al, you are right on with the quarters, but your penny needs a S (For San Francisco, under the date), and VDB on its reverse, at the bottom of the penny. The coin you indicated is starts out around a dollar, one with S-VDB, will be valued at $500 and way up.
Don't forget your 1916-D, dime, that is another one that will get you big bucks!
No I feel better sharing this with you, as you "Made my Day" with Doubleday's!
Typically they are worth about $5 per pound. The only thing that makes them more valuable is if they have some silver or gold (You won't find gold in circulating coins), in them. The best way to check is just go to ebay and see what similar coins are selling for or get yourself a "World Coin Book" this is expensive and I would say your coins are not valuable but I hope they are valuable.
I give most of my "Foreign coins" to The Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, they get their merit badges on coins.
SS, don't give up you writing (Day job), for these coins.
I remeber that mercury head 1916-d alright. I found a 1911-D penny in "good" condition in my change last week! I know it is not worth a fortune, but interesting that you can still find things these days. The ANA shows sound like a lot of fun, and it is very interesting that you are so involved in this.
I am glad I made your day with DoubleDays! LOL!
It is also wild that you relate the Renaissance Pittsburgh with coins, too cool!
congratulations on the penny, you have doubled your investment, it is worth 2 cents, as most "Wheat cents" are worth till 1959. Keep your coins and collect the stories along the way.
I got a traffic ticket (The last one I have ever had), for driving down a trolley car street in Pittsburgh. I had the Polish and French Mint in the car with me, and I was so embarrassed. I took a right turn on a street that cars were not allowed on and did not know that. Cost me $100! But I had a good cold beer at Doubleday's so it was no problem. Just another case of "Don't Drive when you travel, when possible".
Jerry, that is too funny (except for the $100 part). The trolley is unfortunately gone, and has been replaced with a subway type platform called the "T". The trolley's were classics, and loved them as a kid. I sure miss them, very nostalgic.
I will continue saving all of the coins, the history of who used them over the years and whos hands they may have been in, and the stories they could tell are to me very captivating!
I miss the wheat pennies since their demise in 1959.
We say that here as well. Fer sure, Dude.
Actually, it drives my girlfriend crazy when I call people dude. She thinks it is disrespectful and classless. I called here uncle "dude" as a sign of friendship, and he did not think twice about it, but I heard about it for like a week from her, and she said as they say "had a bird"!
I understand SS. I was just kidding you about "letting the cat out of the bag",
You know we do not have too many surfers here in Pittsburgh. I do not think she is a very good linguist. As you know from personal experience, there is a subtle difference in terms from just North and South of the area I am in.
By the way, in about 2 hours I am heading up to Brentwood (right off of Rt. 51) to attend a memorial service. I told you I go up that way at least once a week.