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Cook your own steak, Gardena

paprkutr May 20, 2007 05:03 PM

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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    Jonzo May 20, 2007 05:19 PM

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

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      Jonzo May 20, 2007 06:06 PM

      I stand corrected, it was The Fortune Room.

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        Clinton Dec 30, 2012 09:19 AM

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

    2. monku May 20, 2007 05:23 PM

      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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        bulavinaka May 20, 2007 05:35 PM

        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?

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          monku May 20, 2007 05:40 PM

          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.

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            bulavinaka May 20, 2007 05:50 PM

            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!

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        JeetJet May 20, 2007 05:43 PM

        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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          Burger Boy May 20, 2007 06:24 PM

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

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            TastELA May 20, 2007 07:47 PM

            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.

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              JeetJet May 22, 2007 03:19 PM

              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...

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                granadafan Dec 29, 2012 11:08 PM


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                  Feed_me Dec 29, 2012 11:37 PM

                  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.

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            theskipper Dec 29, 2012 09:50 PM

            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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