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Ed Debevic's wanna-be?

ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 03:29 PM

For those of you old enough, you'll remember the now-shuttered Ed Debevic's in Beverly Hills.

I need to know if there is something similar to Ed Debevic's out there currently?

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  1. monku RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 03:43 PM

    Frisco's (Better food than ED's ever had), City of Industry

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      attran99 RE: monku Sep 22, 2010 03:47 PM

      But they're not rude to you.

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        monku RE: attran99 Sep 22, 2010 03:48 PM

        They weren't rude, they were just incompetent servers.

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        ipsedixit RE: monku Sep 22, 2010 03:48 PM

        Do they have the same type of Ed Debevic's attitude with the servers? That is, they be rude to you, you be rude to them?

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          Servorg RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 03:51 PM

          Bucca de Beppo has some of the "rude/funny" server thing going.

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            monku RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 04:12 PM

            You looking for 50's style diner food or rude service?
            If you're looking for rude service I could send you to a couple places.

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              ipsedixit RE: monku Sep 22, 2010 04:19 PM

              I can easily find rude service on my own.

              I need both rude service and 50's kitsch, if possible.

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            Burger Boy RE: monku Sep 22, 2010 08:36 PM

            I been forced to go to Frisco's 3 times, it SUCKED! Service was okay. Terrible food!

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              monku RE: Burger Boy Sep 22, 2010 08:43 PM

              Been a couple years since I was there and didn't recollect the food was terrible, think I had a burger.

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                Burger Boy RE: monku Sep 23, 2010 06:28 AM

                I was there a year ago and it was pretty bad, maybe the hot young waitresses wearing almost nothing influenced your foodie judgement.

          3. Servorg RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 03:50 PM


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              happybaker RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 07:09 PM

              Debevics was unusual in that, most of the wait staff were actors. Yes I know that's the norm in this town, but at Debevics they had characters and played in character. It made it a really fun place and many of the old employees are still in touch with each other. And more than a few have gone on to success in the biz, as actors or writers.

              Oh and FYI, in the beginning, the food was quite good. It did sag noticeably towards the end, but some tasty meals were served there.

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                coffeebrownies RE: ipsedixit Sep 22, 2010 10:47 PM

                I miss the itty bitty sundaes....

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                  happybaker RE: coffeebrownies Sep 23, 2010 09:30 AM


                  Me too. Loved those!

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                    WildSwede RE: coffeebrownies Sep 23, 2010 01:42 PM

                    I miss all of it!

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                      ipsedixit RE: coffeebrownies Sep 23, 2010 03:23 PM

                      We never used to go just for the food, but I really kind of miss their Chicken Fried Steak for some reason, and it wasn't even very good if I recall correctly.

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                        WildSwede RE: ipsedixit Sep 23, 2010 04:35 PM

                        Back then, I think that to me at least, the food didn't matter. I was younger, so maybe that was it. It was just the experience. I remember the last time I went we had may aunt and cousin here visiting from Norway. They were mortified how the waitress was talking and treating us until we explained it all to them! Then they laughed - although the stiff upper lip Norskies could not get themselves to partake in the banter!! ;-)

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                          Servorg RE: WildSwede Sep 23, 2010 04:45 PM

                          After 2 or 3 glasses of that Ed Debevic akevitt (not a drop of hjemmebrent to be had in the entire place!) and I always loosened right up... ;-D>

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                            WildSwede RE: Servorg Sep 23, 2010 05:23 PM

                            Ahhh, hjemmebrent - the first time I had it I almost died. 16 years old, school in Norway, in the dark movie theater and one of my schoolmates passed me a soda bottle. Thought nothing of it, took a swig - I swear, my nose hairs were burning. Of course, they all found it absolutely hilariousl!!

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                      paprkutr RE: ipsedixit Sep 23, 2010 05:45 PM

                      I understand that they opened a Farrell's ice cream parlor in OC. They always had great ice cream and they also serve food. I believe there is a small one around Valencia. Check it out, it was always a lot of fun.

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                        WildSwede RE: paprkutr Sep 24, 2010 10:52 AM

                        Yes, there is one in Valencia (maybe that area is considered Newhall) - near the speedway. I spend many a happy evening at Farrell's when I was younger.

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                          ipsedixit RE: WildSwede Sep 24, 2010 11:04 AM

                          I liked Farrell's as well, but it is nothing like Ed Debevic's.

                      2. wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Sep 24, 2010 11:13 AM

                        Ed's is still alive and well in the windy city.

                        Ed Debevic's Short Order Deluxe
                        640 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

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                          happybaker RE: wienermobile Sep 24, 2010 01:28 PM

                          Well it started there, so it makes sense there's one still there : )

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                            Will Owen RE: wienermobile Sep 24, 2010 10:15 PM

                            I am happy to say that's the only one we've been to. Immediately tumbled to the realization that it was a big put-on, but at the same time was enraptured by my re-acquaintance with Green River, a cherished drink of my Illinois youth. Mrs. O and I were staying with friends on the Loop, and enjoying a few days of walking around in some lovely March weather. This was just one of many high points... Very glad to know it's still perking along.

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                              WildSwede RE: Will Owen Sep 26, 2010 01:30 AM

                              I LOVE and miss Green River! That was the only place I could find it. Anyone know of anyplace they have it? I wonder if that market that serves all those old-time sodas has it, I will have to check. Thanks for the memory, Will!

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                                wienermobile RE: WildSwede Sep 26, 2010 08:19 AM

                                Here you go. Green River Soda mail order.

                                Galco's Soda Pop Shop
                                5702 York Blvd
                                Los Angeles, CA 90042

                                Galco's Soda Pop Stop
                                5702 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

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                                  WildSwede RE: wienermobile Sep 27, 2010 04:06 PM


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                                  Will Owen RE: WildSwede Sep 27, 2010 11:56 AM

                                  The Green River of my childhood came not in bottles, but as syrup from a glass jug dispenser, to be combined in the glass with fizz-water. The jug had a dreamy river scene silk-screened onto it - I saw one of those at a bottle show, but it was hideously expensive. We made two stops at the Chicago Debevic's, and the second time I had a GR shake. More fun than flavor...

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                                    wienermobile RE: Will Owen Sep 27, 2010 12:08 PM

                                    Yes at Ed's in Beverly Hills the Green River was made with 3 squirts of syrup added to soda water or 7up if you wanted it really sweet. Here is a link you can buy Green River syrup by the gallon. Enjoy.

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                                      wienermobile RE: wienermobile Sep 27, 2010 12:12 PM

                                      Will Is this the way you remember it? (see photos below)

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                                        wienermobile RE: wienermobile Sep 27, 2010 12:13 PM

                                        Green River syurp

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                                          Will Owen RE: wienermobile Sep 27, 2010 06:29 PM

                                          Ha! The one on the right IS what it looked like; my notoriously "creative" memory was giving me pictures of a glass jug with a screened-on sign, but it was a total delusion.

                                          Getting old can be so much fun when you remember twice as much as actually happened...

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                                    silence9 RE: WildSwede Sep 27, 2010 12:39 PM

                                    Hi... They also make Green River (from syrup) at Cafe 50s in WLA...

                                    Cafe 50's
                                    11623 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                                      WildSwede RE: silence9 Sep 27, 2010 04:06 PM

                                      Thanks! I have had it at the VN location now that you jogged my memory!

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