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Sep 12, 2006 12:01 AM


I am visiting LA with a friend and want to eat in a decent restaurant that has been included in a famous movie scene like, the cicada in pretty woman. Any ideas???

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  1. Akwa in Santa Monica - "Get Shorty"

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    1. re: cvc

      Doesn't Chili Palmer (Travolta's char in Get Shorty) push a thug down the stairs at JiRaffe in Santa Monica?

    2. Pat and Lorraine's in Eagle Rock -- Resevoir Dogs
      The Formosa in Hollywood -- L.A. Confidential
      The Far East Cafe in Little Tokyo -- Farewell My Lovely

      1. What's The Source these days? "Annie Hall."

        Also Johnie's at Wilshire and Fairfax. Closed for several years, but still available (according to a sign in the window) for location shoots.

        It co-starred in "Miracle Mile," a really good apocalypse pic that very few people saw.

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        1. re: Muskrat

          the source is now a meat market (not literally), called cabo cantina

          1. re: Muskrat

            Glad to see someone else remembers Miracle Mile. A true rarity: the apocalyptic romance.
            I like how the grandparents, knowing the world is about to go kablooey, are off for one last trip to Cantor's Deli.

            Was Johnie's the diner where all the hubbub gets started?

            1. re: Polecat

              Yes, it was. Mare Winningham was a waitress there, Anthony Edwards met-cute her at the Tar Pits, then no-showed for his date b/c of a Rube Goldberg series of events that started with his flicking a cigarette butt and ended with the power in his building going off. One of the very best movies of the '80s, for anyone who loves L.A., Steve De Jarnatt shows a side of it not seen anywhere else. "It's after four in the morning. All the helicopter pilot bars are closed!"

              1. re: jcwla

                She was a waitress there in the film? I kind of remember it this way: Edwards eyes her at the Tar Pits. they make a date. one of them - i think it's Edwards - oversleeps, misses the date, and calls her from the diner. I don't think she worked there.
                What I do remember is that the blonde from the original cast of Star Trek: Next Generation was one of the customers inside Johnies -she played a high-powered muckity muck.

                Then again, I could be wrong about Mare. It is a wild, unforgettable movie.

                Back to the thread: I haven't noticed any mention of the Tail of the Pup appearance in True Romance.

          2. The Ivy (113 N Robertson Blvd, (310) 274-8303) is prominently (and kind of accurately) featured in Get Shorty.

            I think (but I may be wrong on this) that Pann's (6710 La Tijera Blvd, (323) 776-3770) appeared in Pulp Fiction.

            I also think the Water Grill ( ) was in a scene in one of those Schwarzenegger/DeVito/Ivan Reitman commedies; maybe Junior?

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            1. re: David Kahn

              The cafe in Pulp Fiction was on Hawthorne Blvd. and doesn't exist anymore.

              1. re: martyR

                Yup, the former Hawthorne Diner (I think it was a Penguin coffee shop before that).

              2. re: David Kahn

                Pann's was in Little Miss Sunshine, though it pretended to be in Arizona or some such place.

                1. re: Capybara

                  yeah, i found that to be very weird. because they visited pann's at the beginning of the movie. i guess they felt most people would not catch that detail.

                  also, at the start of the film they're eating buckets of chicken from Dinah's in Westchester,

                  make even though a considerable amount of the film was suppsoed to take place in arizona, they shot a huge chunk of it in the westchester/lax area, hence the use of both dinah's and pann's and at the end the festivities in redondo beach, also lax adjacent.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Plus the alleged Pann's in Little Miss Sunshine actually looked a bit more like the Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake than the real Pann's. Maybe it was a mish-mash. The Dinah's bucket was a hoot too.

                2. re: David Kahn

                  Don't actually EAT at The Ivy, or its sister Ivy At The Shore, unless you feel like a $30 hamburger with a heapin' helpin' of attitude. It's places like this that I fight against in my attempts to convince people that all L.A. is not Melrose, and not even all Melrose is Melrose.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    if i'm not mistaken ivey at the shore may no officially be gone.

                    i'll have to double-check though, this may be some just praise for some hounds.

                    and what's so wrong about an 18 dollar not very good make it yourself ice cream sundae,

                    1. re: kevin

                      Ivy AT The Shore still exists, it just moved further North on Ocean into the old Fennel space. The food is still hideously expensive and mediocre, though.

                      1. re: New Trial

                        oh, so it moved. thanks for the info.

                    2. re: Das Ubergeek

                      I second this. I drove by the Ivy on the way to work for 5 years and only ate there twice. The food is ok, but for the price you can something better just about anywhere in LA. The is the pinnacle of the superb people-watching, crappy-service-from wannabe-actors-and-actresses, high-prices-for-mediocre-food that is the hallmark of dining at the "in" places in Los Angeles - a cliche in every sense.

                      ...and well done on your description of LA / Melrose, etc. When most out-of-towners think about LA, and its fun-in-the-sun laid back attitudes and beautiful people walking around in swimwear, they are actually thinking about San Diego. ©

                    3. re: David Kahn

                      i think pat and lorraine's mentioned above was where the scene of the hunny bunny festivities was filmed at for Pulp Fiction.

                    4. Rae's Diner on Pico on the westside was in Dogtown, True Romance and a bunch of others.