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America's Strangest Restaurants: Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, San Francisco

Established in 1945 inside Nob Hill’s plush Fairmont Hotel, this San Francisco institution was doing tiki back before it was kitsch. Grab a table next to the lagoon underneath a thatched roof, and sip a mai tai out of a coconut or a three-rum zombie in a ceramic tiki god tumbler while munching on Pacific Rim Asian cuisine. With live music played from a floating stage and regular “rain storms,” the only thing missing is Don Ho’s ghost.

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