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

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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  1. Check out Soda Jerks in Pasadena...

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    1. re: film_score

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

    2. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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

            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

              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?

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: Jazzy003

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

                    1. re: Jazzy003

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

                    2. 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

                        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.

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

                          1. 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!!!