I’ve noted a significant omission in the typical temple preparation workshops that are held for new members or others preparing to go to the LDS temple: info on where to go to eat afterwards. For many Latter-day Saints, going to the Temple is a special trip that involves a lengthy drive and eating out somewhere on the way back, preferably somewhere close to the Temple. But where? Members of wards eventually hear recommendations from seasoned members, but it would be great if there were a Web resources compiling recommendations for various temples around the world. Anybody know of such a thing?
Here are a couple of my recommendations. For the San Diego temple, there are quite a few choices just across Interstate 5 (“the Five” as they say in southern California) in the La Jolla Village Square shopping center. Daphne’s Greek Cafe, facing the temple, is a great choice. The food and the staff impressed me on my visit this week. Such delicious food. Took a little longer than normal, we were told, so the manager brought out a free plate of hummus and pita bread (some of the best I’ve tasted of both), and then after our delicious meal, brought out a baklava plate for us as well (one piece each for four people) – another gift. I like that kind of attention to customers. In the same area are many other choices – Schlotzky’s Deli, California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and several more. All about 1 block away from one of the most beautiful temples in the world.
For the Chicago Temple, the one closest to my home, I really like the Korean restaurant, Seoul Garden. For Chinese, the Empire Szchuan restaurant is outstanding. Both are on Milwaukee Avenue just down the street from the Temple.
If you know of a forum for compiling dining recommendations near LDS temples, let me know. Otherwise share your recommendations here.
Ideas for feeding youth groups on baptism trips would also be appreciated. Low cost is often the key here.
Oh, and don’t forget the temple cafeteria itself in temples offering that service. Anybody have a list of which ones do?