Russell's in Seal Beach circa 1994. Juicy cheeseburgers, wonderfully waxy hashbrowns, and (literally) mile-high meringue pies, the least of which was lemon meringue.
If you're one of these unimaginative types who insists on living in the present, I recommend either the excellent Beachwood BBQ (a small trek from the 405, but you'll wind up only a block from one of California's great wood piers) or the Bake 'n Broil -- easy-off, easy-on, fine ol' Yankee food.
131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Bake 'n Broil
3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807