location: Miguel & Ramon's Secret Spot.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. It looks
like a hybrid bar & deli.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 4 - "All in the Family".
In this earlier scene, he's a bit more subtle. He's just as annoying as possible.
He shows up at Miguel & Ramon's "secret spot" (or, as Ramon laments, "It used to be..."), a bar/deli, supposedly to pick up a take-out order, and pretends to be surprised to find Ramon there.
He then proceeds to act friendly and harmless, while actually saying things that he knows will cause Ramon to react, such as telling him that his brother, Miguel, is sharing family secrets with Dexter, or that Miguel has talked to him about Ramon's drinking.
In short, he lets Ramon know that, slowly but surely, Miguel is replacing Ramon with Dexter as his closest friend. And it has the desired infuriating effect, making Ramon even more hostile and unstable.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A restaurant bar.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is a familiar spot for the "Dexter" crew: Tequila Jack's Mexican restaurant, at 407 Shoreline Village Drive, in Shoreline Village, a seaside dining and shopping village in Long Beach, CA.
Shoreline Village is located on the south side of Shoreline Drive, just east of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.
To be more specific, this scene was shot in the narrow bar on the north side of the restaurant, where you'll find those same familiar murals on the walls.
though, that the large diamond-shaped frame (visible in the top photo)
was added to the wall, and it partially obscures one of the bar's authentic
murals. They also put a red & white checkered tablecloth over the bar
(to make it look more like a deli, perhaps), and covered up the flat-screen
TV's near the ceiling.
It's also very
near the other bar used later in the episode,
where Dexter tricks Ramon into getting drunk & busted. That one is
just down the boardwalk, at the same Shoreline Village. It's also very
near the boardwalk area where they set up the scene of Dexter confronting
Nathan Marten at a sidewalk cafe.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
really ashamed of myself for not recognizing this place immediately. They
have filmed here in the past, and I even shot the photo above for two previous
"Dexter" locations (in Season 2). But for some reason, I drew
a blank on this one, until someone tipped me that it was shot at Shoreline,
and then I suddenly realized why those murals on the walls looked familiar...
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