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May 20, 2007 05:03 PM

Cook your own steak, Gardena

Years ago there used to be a restaurant in Gardena, that you used to grill your own steaks. It wasn't korean, but a whole steak, with the ususal sides, salad, baked potatoe,etc. Does anyone know if it still exists, or something similiar in the general L.A. area.. Thanks

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  1. It was Fortune's on Redondo Beach Blvd west of Normandie, gone since the mid-80's I'd say.

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    1. re: Jonzo

      I stand corrected, it was The Fortune Room.

      1. re: Jonzo

        I remember the Fortune Room back in the 60s on Western Ave. across the street from the old Eagle's Restaurant.

        1. re: Clinton

          yep, my family & I went there about every Friday night and there was a Baskin Robins ice cream shop close by, but those steaks we would cook ourselves at The Fortune Room in the 60's by that old Eagle's Restaurant were delicious ! they also had a small salad bar w/bar b que beans and so good ! thanks for the memory from the 60's, wow ! I doubt it's still there, if anyone knows, I hope you let us all know

    2. Only place I know that resembles what you describe is a place in Carpinteria (I know...not in LA area).

      Palms Restaurant
      701 Linden Ave
      Carpinteria, CA 93013
      (805) 684-3811

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      1. re: monku

        Ahhhh... It would have to be in Carp - my sister lives there but she's a vegan... I love steaks, but this one wouldn't work out for me... nevertheless, as always, you are a wealth of information and experiences... who would have guessed in Carp?

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Its an institution in Carpinteria. We'd go there to "cook out" when camping at Carpinteria State Beach. It was kind of a fun place.

          1. re: monku

            My sis has lived in Carp since the late 70s and never told me about it... I wonder why... This year she gets a bag of carrots for Christmas! And I'm having steak!

      2. Check-out this older post

        Is Venice Room still around?
        2428 S Garfield Ave
        Monterey Park, CA 91754-7222
        (323) 722-3075

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        1. re: JeetJet

          I drove by it today on the way to Shakas. It looks like it still serves food!

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Venice Room is on the way to the job I've been at for about a year. The restaurant looked shut up tight for awhile but now there is an application for license posted on the outside and the parking lot is always full --I believe it's open.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              I stopped by the Venice Room today on my way to Shakas. The Venice Room was open and I noticed a guy walk out. I stopped and asked him and he said you can make your own steak. Now if they have a salad bar also, to make your own salad, it would be just like being at home but you get to go out and there is no mess to clean up. As for Shakas, I found out the hard way that the Monterey Park location don't have BFR. So I drove from there to Alhambra for BFR. I hope you enjoyed whagt ever you had...

                1. re: granadafan

                  I believe Shakas is a Hawaiian joint so I'd guess BFR=bacon fried rice. That's only a guess on my part and I've never been to Shakas.

          2. the name of the place was Key Largo on prairie in torrance, just south of artesia blvd. it was a Bar that you could cook your own steak! about $7.00 at that time early 80's. thumbs up!!

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