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Looking for a "Ed Debevic's" type Restaurant....

doktor_k Jun 1, 2008 05:01 PM

Hey Everyone. I'm hoping to tap the collective intelligence of CHOW. Hopefully I'm not showing my age, but I remember a fun restaurant in Beverly Hills called Ed Debevic's. I know it no longer exists, but I was hoping that someone would have an recommendation for a fun restaurant like Ed's? Thanks in advance

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    film_score Jun 1, 2008 05:23 PM

    Check out Soda Jerks in Pasadena...

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    1. re: film_score
      maxzook Jun 1, 2008 06:01 PM

      Soda Jerks RIP, I'm very sorry to say.

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      Muskrat Jun 1, 2008 06:05 PM

      I must be missing something -- if you just want fake '50s, there's Mel's and of course Johnny Rockets.

      But I suspect you're looking for some other characteristic. What, though?

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        wildcateats Jun 1, 2008 06:18 PM

        dunno where you live but if you're looking for diner 50s-esque, try Cafe 50s on Van Nuys/ventura in the Valley or there's a Mel's Diner on Sunset. Ed's had great meatloaf and if you want nostalgic diner food, Daily Grill works but it's totally more quiet conservative upscale and not fun....food's good though.

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          doktor_k Jun 1, 2008 08:07 PM

          Thanks for the responses guys. Let me clarify what I'm looking for. At Ed's the wait staff would hop on the tables, sing, and other acts of craziness. So guess I'm looking for a place where the general ambiance fun, zany, etc.

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          1. re: doktor_k
            Emme Jun 1, 2008 08:23 PM

            Okay, so there aren't any more signing diner type places anymore that I can think of, but if you'll go another cuisine...

            Dar Maghreb has eat with your hands and belly dancers

            Palms Thai for the Thai Elvis

            The Great Greek has a floor show

            Tokyo Delve's in NoHo for sake bombing and table dancing.

            1. re: doktor_k
              groover808 Apr 10, 2009 11:19 PM

              As I recall, they were deliberately a little rude to you and gave you lip as part of the kitsch? Are you looking for that too?

            2. monku Jun 1, 2008 09:51 PM

              How about Frisco's?

              1. ReelMike84 Jun 14, 2008 10:42 AM

                As a lover of the frisco burger I've wanted to come here but the very mixed reviews have kept me away.

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                  Jazzy003 Apr 9, 2009 09:54 AM

                  I just went to Joe's Crab Shack and it was pretty fun. For birthdays they make you do something silly like stand on the table and do the chicken dance while wearing a chicken hat or the YMCA or dance around the restaurant and also the servers dance every 20 min or so and they even have a disco ball. It was like a crazy nightclub with tons of food.

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                    Das Ubergeek Apr 9, 2009 11:59 AM

                    Joe's Crab Shack, though, has quite possibly the worst service I've ever had in a restaurant and terrible, Sysco-tasting food.

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                      PeterL Apr 9, 2009 02:42 PM

                      They need all those tricks to keep your mind off their very below average food.

                    2. soulimar Apr 9, 2009 02:21 PM

                      It's not a 50's diner at all but Bobby McGee's in Brea has 'zany waiters' that are dressed up and sing and joke around. The food is.. passable, not a place to go for 'incredible food'.
                      There is a nightclub also if you want to do that afterward.

                      It's a very kid friendly restaurant, the place we all wanted to go when I was like.. 10 lol : | But it may fit the bill. I went a few years ago for a friend's going away party and had fun.


                      p.s. I wish ed debevic's was still around also. you don't need to be THAT old to remember it lol

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                      1. re: soulimar
                        mrshankly Apr 9, 2009 06:11 PM

                        Along those lines, I wish Larry Parker's on Beverly was still around... one of the best diners LA has had in its history, IMHO.

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                          ErikaK Apr 11, 2009 09:35 AM

                          Closed :(

                        2. DrBruin Apr 10, 2009 10:32 PM

                          It's not a real "fun" kinda of place... but Ruby's is a 50s style diner.

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                            Rainebee Nov 22, 2010 03:05 PM

                            In Covina they will be opening a 50's style place called the Sugar Bowl -- Back in the day the orig. Sugar Bowl was there and they want to recreate it -- it will be open early next year--- I MISS ED may he rest in peace!!!

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