Get your fill of Googie architecture and short stacks at these classic L.A. restaurants.
Forget Prohibition-era speakeasies: Nothing channels the past like L.A.’s finest retro restaurants. We anticipate a couple of easy things out of a restaurant: all-day breakfast, generous hours, and a reasonably low-cost, no-fuss experience.
The number of quaint restaurants in L.A. have you been to?
1. 101 Coffee Shop
Dining Establishments Diners Hollywood
Environment: The lively marquee out front is the only tip that a blocky Best Western homes the 101 Coffee Shop, an intense midcentury throwback. The decades-old restaurant had not aged so with dignity, by all accounts, till a 2001 restoration sent it back to the ’60s.
Food: You’ll pay a quiet cent (in restaurant terms) for the food at 101. However, there are some guaranteed, memorable meals here. Breakfast is served all day, and you’d be sensible to buy the Mikey Fitz: 2 eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, and three silver dollar pancakes or one piece of French toast; we suggest the link, kindly spiced and not too oily. The sandwiches have a Southern slant (P.O.’ young boys and blackened catfish are plentiful). However, a healthy choice is the BLT, which comes with a mix of crisp, sweet potato and regular french fries.
Seen in the movie: Swingers, Gilmore Girls, Entourage
2. Bob’s Big Boy
Dining Establishments Hamburgers Burbank
Its gigantic neon indication and familiar, rotund Big Boy remember a time when roadside dining establishments yelled at motorists for their attention. Inside, skilled regulars chat with affable waiters at the prolonged concave countertop that cuts through the Coppertone restaurant.
The Eggs with Bacon or Sausage (2 eggs, two strips of bacon, hash browns, and toast) are on the dull side, requiring a healthy pepper and salt dosage. The accompanying french fries are crisp wedges that do not get soaked over time. However, the genuine kicker is Bob’s shake– especially the chocolate, which comes with a sidecar of other combined ice cream that makes one order enough for two sweet-toothed restaurants.
Seen in the movie: Heat
3. Foxy’s Restaurant
Dining Establishments Diners Glendale
Environment: Foxy’s wood A-frame sets it apart, stylistically speaking, from the majority of other retro restaurants in L.A. Often checked out by households, the restaurant likewise has an outside patio area where big groups can talk over their meal.
Food: The menu at Foxy’s is a giant, multi-page affair, with an image for nearly every meal and food that alters Mexican. There are shakes here, too, and while they’re thin and not as velvety as some other restaurant variations, it’s a good note to end on.
Seen in the movie: Nothing we’re conscious of; get on it, place scouts.
Dining Establishments Diners West Hollywood
Environment: The earliest making it through dining establishment in the Norms household, this Googie icon has invited motorists along La Cienega considering 1957. The dining establishment has altered owners and dealt with a demolition scare; the structure’s future is safe thanks to its current Historic-Cultural Monument classification.
Food: Sitting down at one of the Norms’ comfortable cubicles, you may be handed 4 or 5 various menus– a multi-page complete menu, a breakfast menu, a low-cal menu, and sometimes a unique menu detailing the restaurant’s child back ribs choice, only for an excellent procedure. Sweet-toothed restaurants might be drawn to the strawberry waffle rather, which droops under the weight of stewed berries and a generous spray of whipped cream.
Seen in the movie: Drag Me to Hell, Ed Ruscha’s “Norms, La Cienega on Fire.”
Dining Establishments Diners LAX/Westchester.
Environment: Though the Theme Building might be L.A.’s most well-known Space Age structure, this 1958 restaurant is as spectacular. The care that’s gone into keeping this family-run dining establishment in great shape is apparent in whatever from its ruby-red cubicles and white bar stools to its thoroughly maintained neon indication (with the most beautiful little starburst accessories).
Food: When it comes to Pann’s menu, one item stands out above the rest: fried chicken. For breakfast, you might take a more standard path– a timeless breakfast plate comes with two eggs, perfectly browned hash browns, fluffy biscuits, and bacon– or you might choose for the fried chicken and waffles, concerned by lots of as some of the finest in L.A.
Seen in the movie: xXx, Bewitched.
6. Rae’s Restaurant.
Dining Establishments Diners Santa Monica.
Environment: What Rae’s does not have in size and sleekness, it makes up for in character. Red, pint-sized cubicles and blue bar stools punch up the interior’s currently joyful blue-green background.
Food: Rae’s has the feel of a restaurant that stays unconcerned to the death of time, consisting of the shockingly low rates of its supper, breakfast, and lunch fare, which remain, for the many parts, in the single digits throughout the menu. Understood for their name, 1/2 pound hamburger, this is restaurant food to its core.
Seen in the movie: True Romance, Lords of Dogtown, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.
7. Rod’s Grill.
Dining Establishments Diners Arcadia.
Environment: For an area so dedicated to its time– from an antiquated sales register to a period-appropriate soundtrack– this ’40s Arcadia restaurant handles to remain warm and straightforward. That’s not to state you should not ogle at a few of the finer includes at Rod’s Grill: the cantilevered ceiling, fin-shaped roofline, spoked hourglass lights, and round, brushed-metallic heat lights over the kitchen area window. The primarily brown interior handles to remain dynamic thanks to the most spectacular blue-green cubicles and bar seats, where you’ll discover regulars nestled in for their mid-day meal.
Get it– the breakfast meal is one of the most delicate items at Rod’s. Sweet apple pieces and spicy sausage are folded into a golden omelet and topped with an enormous layer of Jack cheese; put merely, it’s hangover food at its finest. A fried chicken plate is used from midday till they run out of chicken, accompanied by french fries or mashed veggies and potatoes.
Seen in the movie: Mad Men.
Food: You’ll pay a quiet cent (in restaurant terms) for the food at 101. However, there are some guaranteed, memorable meals here. The accompanying french fries are crisp wedges that do not get soaked over time. However, the genuine kicker is Bob’s shake– especially the chocolate, which comes with a sidecar of other combined ice cream that makes one order enough for two sweet-toothed restaurants.
Food: Sitting down at one of the Norms’ comfortable cubicles, you may be handed 4 or 5 various menus– a multi-page complete menu, a breakfast menu, a low-cal menu, and periodically a unique menu detailing the restaurant’s child back ribs choice, only for an excellent procedure. Food: Rae’s has the feel of a restaurant that stays unconcerned to the death of time, consisting of the shockingly low costs of its supper, lunch, and breakfast fare, which remain, for the many parts, in the single digits throughout the menu. Understood for their name, 1/2 pound hamburger, this is restaurant food to its core.