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Take a colorful tour celebrating San Diego’s Polynesian Pop culture, Tiki restaurants, bars, and cuisine!

Beginning in Tijuana during Prohibition, influenced by Hollywood studios, and continuing past its hosting of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet during WWII, San Diego became an incubator for the nation’s obsession with all things Tiki. Hundreds of thousands of people passed through San Diego’s military bases, and many stayed to open up their own personal visions of a Polynesian island paradise.

Artist and author Martin S. Lindsay details over 70 nautical, island, Tiki and American-Chinese bars and restaurants in this historical survey—sharing stories and recipes from the people who made them—with hundreds of vintage photos, ephemera, and graphic art, many never-before published!

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Title: Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018
Subtitle: Celebrating San Diego’s Polynesian Pop Culture, Tiki Restaurants, Bars and Cuisine
Author: Martin S. Lindsay
Foreword by: Sven A. Kirsten

Description: Full-color 8″x10″ softcover edition, 226 pages.
Publisher: Classic San Diego Books, San Diego, California
Publish Date: December 15, 2019.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2019914531

ISBN: 978-1-7328164-0-4 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-1-7328164-2-8 (Adobe fixed layout ePUB / PDF)
ISBN: 978-1-7328164-1-1 (Kindle fluid layout ePUB)

Author Bio

Martin S. Lindsay, AIGA

Martin S. Lindsay is an an art director, local historian, writer and board chairman of the Culinary Historians of San Diego. He lectures on design and history. He has contributed to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller The 4-Hour Chef, is author of Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018, and blogs about food (, and history (

Martin has over 40 years experience in branding and design. His design firm serves the San Diego arts community, foodservice and restaurant industries.

Member, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); International Association of Culinary Professionals; Board Chairman, Culinary Historians of San Diego (CHSD).

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90 Years of Classic San Diego Tiki Book ISBN 978-1-732816-4-04


You'll find a fascinating collection stories, ephemera, long-lost photos, urban archeological finds, and even some recipes!

Author Photos

Author Martin S. Lindsay and Miss Tiki Oasis Di Lovely in The Headhunter, San Diego, CA. Photo, Susana Vestige.

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Author Martin S. Lindsay and Miss Tiki Oasis Di Lovely in The Headhunter, San Diego, CA. Photo, Susana Vestige.

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29 Jul 2021 | Article. ‘History of Hotel Circle,’ Tiki Oasis 2021 Program (San Diego, CA).

27 Sep 2019 | Article. ‘What’s on the menu? Vintage items from Coronado eateries,’ Coronado Times (Coronado, CA).

25 Jul 2019 | Podcast. Adrian Eustaquio, ‘Episode 140: Tiki Art & Polynesian Pop in American Culture from Comic Con 2019,’ Inside the Desert Oasis Room.

2 Jan 2019 | Article. Candice Woo, ‘San Diego Tiki Culture, Then and Now, to be Featured in New Book,’ Eater San Diego.

30 Dec 2018 | Podcast. Adrian Eustaquio, ‘Episode 118: Mandatory Mug Monday from False Idol,’ Inside the Desert Oasis Room.

3 Jan 2018 | Article. Lisa Halverstadt, ‘Morning Report: San Diego and ICE,’ Voice of San Diego.

2 Jan 2018 | Article. Kinsee Morlan, ‘Culture Report: Unearthing San Diego Food Lore,’ Voice of San Diego.

8 Sep 2016 | Article. Randy Dotinga, ‘Morning Report: Quick News Hits – On the Trail of Tiki,’ Voice of San Diego.

Speaking Engagements

29 Jul 2021 | Presentation. Home on the Ranch: The Mid-Century History of Hotel Circle. Tiki Oasis, Town and Country Resort, San Diego, CA.

20 Mar 2021 | Virtual Presentation. A Tale of Two Caesars: Caesar Cardini and Caesar Pastore. Culinary Historians of San Diego, San Diego, CA.

3 Oct 2019 | Presentation. What’s On the Menu? Coronado Public Library, Coronado, CA.

9 Aug 2019 | Presentation. Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018 – The Symposium. Tiki Oasis, Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA.

20 Ju1 2019 | Speaker’s Panel. Tiki Art and Polynesian Pop in American Culture. San Diego Comic-con, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, CA.

15 Jan 2019 | Presentation. San Diego, Polynesia! Point Loma Optimists, San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA.

15 Sep 2018 | Presentation. Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018. Culinary Historians of San Diego, San Diego Central Public Library, San Diego, CA.