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"Classics" in Los Angeles

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  • Carolyn Tillie Jun 28, 2001 11:35 AM

Over lunch yesterday, my friends and I were talking about the places in Los Angeles considered "classics" -- you know, those restaurants that have been around since the golden age of Hollywood or before.

Those we mentioned include:

Philippes French Dip
Taix
Cantors
The Pantry
Formosa
Musso & Franks

What are some others? I love going to the historical joints -- in Boston, the trip isn't complete without a lobster from Durgin Park and in London, I can't leave the city without eating at Rules. Ah, to have access to restaurants that have been around for 200+ years...

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  1. Clifton's Cafeteria, downtown. Haven't been in a while.

    Link: http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,141...

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    1. re: Jeff Shore

      Cole's P.E. Buffet, oldest restaurant in L.A.
      Langer's Deli
      El Cholo

      1. re: b brooks

        At El Cholo specifically green corn tamales in the summertime.

        Pinks.

    2. Taylor's Steakhouse on 8th Street in K town, 40+ years and still going strong.

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      1. re: Mike Kilgore

        Amen to that!!!!

      2. At Farmer's Market (3rd & Fairfax) (or what's left of it), Magee's salad bar for fresh peanut butter and freshly ground horseradish, or at their sandwich bar, their hot corned beef sandwich and carrot salad.

        Nate'n'Al's deli in Beverly Hills.

        1. El Coyote

          1. ...the one on Western near 11th street. Since 1923!!

            Cheers,
            JimHarris

            1. Lawry's The Prime Rib. I still have the table topper, "Miss Wong Serving You" on my kitchen counter today. Someone left it in my grad school mail slot many moons ago at UCLA. No, I never worked at Lawry's and no one ever claimed credit for the delivery.

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I give a very strong second to Lawry's. I do recall feeling like a tourist in my own city when we went. Sort of a strange but not unpleasent effect that lets you see things through different eyes. We also make it a habit to visit the House of Prime Rib when we go to SF. Very much the same feeling.

              2. said it before and I'll say it again and again-el chavo and tiki ti, right next door to each other on sunset. still my favorite night out in LA for stiff tiki drinks and satisfying Angelino mexican food.