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kevin Feb 14, 2011 09:34 AM

The previous post on joints near LAX got me to thinking...

I've never been to the Buggy Whip, what else is good here? It sounds like a continental food joint from the 1940s/1930s, a la Musso and Frank, or Dal Rae, et al. And the remaining ones of these restaurants are few and far between.

do they serve a good rack of lamb here, with mint jelly, and or good beef ribs? etc, cherries jubilee or diplomat pudding for dessert?

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Dal Rae
9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Buggy Whip Restaurant
7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. Baron RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 11:14 AM

    Its been years since I've been but I do recall a decent prime rib. Generally good food. They also feature Florida stone crabs. It's really old school. Big leather booths. Reminds me of an aging hangout for some goodfella types. Might be a refreshing change from the corporate style restaurants. If you go please send a review. Few places like this have survived. Might be worth a re-visit.

    1. Baron RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 11:17 AM

      here is their website:

      http://www.thebuggywhip.com/

      Looks good to me if your in the mood for big meat.

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        Burger Boy RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 11:18 AM

        Green Goddess Dressing!

        1. Servorg RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 11:21 AM

          With all pun intended I think this is a place well past its prime. Tired is one word that leaps to mind when thinking about it. I do think they get some serious drinkers in the bar. But if you do go please give your impressions here. An updated review by a board regular would be welcomed by me (and others I'm sure).

          ADD: Wasn't it "Mr. Grub" who tagged this place with the (and not in a good way) sobriquet "The Burning Horse?"

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            foufou RE: Servorg Feb 15, 2011 04:07 AM

            Tired decor and food....

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              lil mikey RE: Servorg Feb 16, 2011 10:29 PM

              Mr. Grub's description, and labeling as the Burning Horse was hilarious. I adore his prose, and respect his view.

              But I like this place for what it is. Like Musso's or Petrelli's or Taylor's, it's an old style steak/chop house. It is what it is.

              It has red vinyl booths, waitresses who are older than 30, green goddess dressing, a live piano player certain nights, and yes, they have a pretty good rack of lamb.

              It won't appeal to most on this board who are trying to ferret out the latest chowy thing. But like Pann's, sometimes you just need the same ole thing. And I think they do a pretty good job.

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              Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
              6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                Mr Taster RE: lil mikey Feb 17, 2011 09:06 AM

                >> It won't appeal to most on this board who are trying to ferret out the latest chowy thing.

                Is that really your impression? If so, Chowhound has fallen a long way. Discovering (and rediscovering) deliciousness, irrespective of trendiness or food fashion, has been Chowhound's hallmark for as long as I've been hanging around here (~10 years).

                Mr Taster

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                  Servorg RE: Mr Taster Feb 17, 2011 09:12 AM

                  There is a subset of hounds on the LA (and probably all the others too) board who live to be the first to try the next "big thing" in town. That's okay with me as I will probably be going to the Dal Rae or Taylor's again and can live vicariously through their posts.

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                  Dal Rae
                  9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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                    Burger Boy RE: Servorg Feb 19, 2011 09:01 PM

                    Bring me The Molly Salad or the Tomato & Onion Salad withe the Italian dressing with grated blue cheese!

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                Thor123 RE: Servorg Aug 2, 2013 06:19 PM

                Kev: You should do this joint and Billingsly's and report back.

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                  kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 2, 2013 07:15 PM

                  I'm pretty sure that's not a good idea.

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                    kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 2, 2013 07:15 PM

                    I really don't want to blow chunks.

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                      kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 2, 2013 07:15 PM

                      Tana's will have to do for me, for now, until I can make it to Dal Rae.

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                        Baron RE: kevin Aug 2, 2013 07:41 PM

                        Kevin,

                        Dal Rae is a friend of mine. And the Buggy Whip is NO Dal Rae!

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                          kevin RE: Baron Aug 2, 2013 07:54 PM

                          Buggy Whip is a McD's version of the Dal Rae, if even that ?????

                          Thanks for the tip.

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                            Baron RE: kevin Aug 2, 2013 08:04 PM

                            I see that Servorg said the EXACT same thing back 2011. Shows ya that great minds eat and think alike!

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                              Servorg RE: Baron Aug 2, 2013 08:19 PM

                              Two Lloyd Bentsen's, what are the odds? ;-D> (we need to get kev in a spelling bee and see how he does on his root vegetables).

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                                Baron RE: Servorg Aug 2, 2013 08:28 PM

                                ok. Ask him to spell rudobagoes.

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                                  Servorg RE: Baron Aug 2, 2013 08:33 PM

                                  My last motor home was one of those!

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                                    PeterCC RE: Servorg Aug 2, 2013 08:40 PM

                                    Don't forget to tip your waitresses.

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                                      kevin RE: PeterCC Aug 3, 2013 01:09 AM

                                      Tip Your Waitresses ????

                                      Por quee ????

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                                    kevin RE: Baron Aug 3, 2013 01:10 AM

                                    I ain't spelling that shit.

                                    And that's for damn sure.

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                                    kevin RE: Servorg Aug 3, 2013 01:09 AM

                                    Root veggies ?????

                      2. Will Owen RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 01:51 PM

                        Oh, the website is perfect! Especially the too-smooth dude in the shiny pointy-lapels suit. The kind of place that probably STILL smells a bit of cigarette smoke … for all of which I will admit a major weakness. Okay, dammit, I *AM* old.

                        Anyway, this would appear to be Dal Rae-ish at a somewhat gentler price point. Mrs. O can have her sand dabs for under $25, and unlike your typical steak house the slab-o-meat comes with a bunch of stuff including Our Famous Green Goddess. Whoopee!! Since it's clear the hell down towards the airport I would not want to consume more than one each cocktail and glass of wine. This might have to go on our Proposed Blowouts agenda …

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                          Servorg RE: Will Owen Feb 14, 2011 02:19 PM

                          I know the Dal Rae, sir and the Buggy Whip is NO Dal Rae... ;-D>

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                          Dal Rae
                          9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                          Buggy Whip Restaurant
                          7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                            kevin RE: Servorg Feb 14, 2011 02:27 PM

                            I took a look at the website, and it's got those old red burnished Naugahyde booths, sand dabs meniure, and beef ribs, and sauerbraten too on special, and chocolate mousse for dessert (i'm sold).

                            but i have a feeling from what everyone is telling me that the food will be really crappy.

                            it sure does sound a lot like dal rae, musso and frank, etc.

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                              Servorg RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 02:30 PM

                              As I said, Kevin - I look forward to reading your take on it after your dining "adventure" there... ;-D>

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                              paprkutr RE: Servorg Feb 16, 2011 08:43 PM

                              I totally agree. The Dal Rae is far superior. The interior, service and food is sooooo much better. They still make a lot of things tableside.
                              The Buggy Whip is worn out, and just seems old to me. I am not saying it is bad, it is just forgettable, nothing special. Maybe they need to spice it up a little.

                              Last night we went to Taylors Steakhouse, and it was absolutely delicious. Had the bone in rib steak and it is consistently great. I would much rather go there. They have tried to keep their prices down by not serving a salad with dinner. It is now a la carte for $3.50, but they give you a nice size salad, and it also gives you the option if you want something else to get it. It is in the same era of the Buggy Whip, but it is so much better. There was a time that it wasn't that popular anymore, because people didn't want to go in the area, now it is back and it is so good.

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                              Dal Rae
                              9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

                              Buggy Whip Restaurant
                              7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                            e.l. RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 03:15 PM

                            it was good 25 years ago, in a 1950's kind of way, but the food now is dismal - neon green green goddess - and the management needs to invest in a set of dust cloths.

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                              Will Owen RE: e.l. Feb 14, 2011 04:16 PM

                              Maybe some day when I'm scheduled for my usual monthly lunch meeting at the Proud Bird I'll drop in here instead, since it's in the same vicinity and I'd imagine of the same mustiness. Pick a month when someone really boring is speaking at the PB lunch, and see which one gives me a better return for my $25 …

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                              Proud Bird
                              11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                bad nono RE: Will Owen Feb 14, 2011 07:32 PM

                                I've never been to the Proud Bird but I have eaten at the Buggy Whip once about 3 years ago, and I have no memory whatsoever of the meal. Which means it was neither horrible nor good. I'm usually a sucker for old school restaurants and bars, but I've never felt the urge to stop again at the Buggy Whip and God knows I go to LAX often enough.
                                Whereas I'm always happy to go to Taylor's or Musso & Frank (I'm in the minority that does like the food at Musso & Frank, at least some of it).

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                                Proud Bird
                                11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                Buggy Whip Restaurant
                                7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                  monku RE: Will Owen Feb 19, 2011 07:46 AM

                                  Only went to the Proud Bird for political events because it's a union shop and the gal I was seeing was an assistant to this state assemblyman supported by local unions.
                                  Couldn't figure out what they were "proud" of.

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                                  Proud Bird
                                  11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                    Mr Taster RE: Will Owen Aug 2, 2013 05:46 PM

                                    Will,

                                    Did you ever make it to the Buggy Whip?

                                    I've been invited to go tonight and am a bit frightened by the reviews I've read here.

                                    Still, it sounds like most of the reports are coming from people who haven't dined here in a long time. I'll be happy to report back after my meal tonight.

                                    Mr Taster

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                                      kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 2, 2013 05:48 PM

                                      Please report back. Though I haven't been I did notice a change of ownership draped across the facade of the joint.

                                      Good luck.

                                      If you can drink, please do, it will make the experience that much more pleasureable.

                                      And I have heard that the beef ribs in a unique sauce might be good here. Might be is the key factor.

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                                        Will Owen RE: Mr Taster Aug 3, 2013 12:53 PM

                                        Alas, never did. That last post was about the time I stopped going to those Proud Bird meetings, since the magazine I was producing, and taking stacks of to said meetings, evaporated and became a website. No obligation, no reason to schlep all the way down there. And on the rare occasions I am in the neighborhood, I just have to hit my beloved Pann's.

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                                          Mr Taster RE: Will Owen Aug 6, 2013 10:55 AM

                                          Doing my Chowhoundly public service. I've gotten the sense from reading reviews that people who haven't eaten here in 10 years like to talk about how terrible it is, which is not terrible fair. This is my attempt at a balanced August 2013 Buggy Whip update, which is sorely needed.

                                          It's a great old school vibe, with the ivory-tickling tuxedoed lounge singer guy in the bar area, and at 9pm an R&B band in the back. Went with my cousin, who is a 1920s ukelele chanteuse (www.janetklein.com) and lives the part in her real life. She loves this stuff. (Musso, Dal Rae, Taylor's, etc.)

                                          Lots of wood, stained glass, high ceilings and a clubby, comfy vibe with curved red leather banquettes. The gin martinis were strong and dry (I asked the server how much they were, and he was unsure-- "between $8 and $11." I'll give you one guess how much the bill came to.)

                                          Service was a little too attentive. Young kids who interrupted several conversations in an attempt to be helpful. "Indeed" was the word of the evening--

                                          Us: "Would you please bring us more bread?"
                                          Young Server: "Indeed."

                                          Young server: "How are your cocktails?"
                                          Us: "Very nice, thank you."
                                          Young server: "Indeed."

                                          Funny.

                                          The meal was a mixed bag. Some of the dishes were good, some were passable, and some were not very good at all. Lots of things not on the menu-- no oysters, no lobster. My default order at these kinds of restaurants is sand dabs, when available (there were not, but to be fair it's not a regular menu item). The BBQ beef ribs also were unavailable, as they are basically the leftover cuts from prime rib. Not enough prime rib orders = no bbq ribs. Instead, I had the sole with capers and butter and a baked potato for $21. The fish was fine, although sauced with a little too much butter. The potato was fine, a grossly oversized russet served in traditional manner w/ chives, sour cream and butter. Skin was not as crispy as I would have liked. Shrimp cocktail was delicious, large (not jumbo) shrimp served on ice with cocktail sauce and 2 lemon wedges, but with only 5 shrimp for $12 it was quite expensive. My dining companions ordered the crabcakes (which were not very good-- this was not lump crab, but shredded and mealy textured). We all loved the green goddess salad (wonderfully served on an ice cold salad plate) which none of us had ever had before, and tasted like a nice variant on a Caesar, more herbaceous. Wasn't sure what others meant when they talked about "food coloring" added to the dressing, until the white plate was nearly empty, and I could see the residual dressing was this unnatural sea foam green. Dining companion ordered "Rosemary Crusted Pork Loin" which arrived slightly overcooked/dry, covered in a bland applesauce. As for "crusted rosemary", we spotted only one tiny shred of dried (not fresh) rosemary-- and none of us were able to detect even the slightest hint of rosemary flavor. None of us liked this dish, and at $24 was the real loser of the night. As you know, rosemary is not a subtle-flavored herb, so this was a total failure on all counts.

                                          In any case, it was an enjoyable place to go and I would certainly go back for drinks and a relaxed evening in a very comfortable environment. I'll just be sure to eat at Pann's before settling in to a comfy banquette with my martini.

                                          Mr Taster

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                                            Servorg RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 11:05 AM

                                            You can go in my place any and every time. The Buggy Whipped is so far down the list of places I would like to dine at again it doesn't even show on the first 10 pages. For those who are more interested in drinking than dining I suppose it has its charms.

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                                              kevin RE: Servorg Aug 6, 2013 11:18 AM

                                              Perhaps you might have to sign me up for a visit ?

                                              I think I'll have to start another thread of where people like to go to grab a drink.

                                              i really was curious about what the dope place linus mentioned that had the cool bartender was ????

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                                                Servorg RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                "i really was curious about what the dope place linus mentioned that had the cool bartender was ????"

                                                Can you please link that post?

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                                                  kevin RE: Servorg Aug 6, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                  shoot i'll see if i could find it.

                                                  but he didn't actually mention the place.

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                                                Thor123 RE: Servorg Aug 6, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                Actually, strikes me as a depressing place to drink. I ate there once several years ago and it was sad. Like Norms (with worn out dark booths and worn out patrons). FYI - I am guessing about Norms.

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                                                  kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 6, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                  hmmm,

                                                  if it's more depressing than Musso's, I'll have to give it a pass.

                                                  Musso's makes one quite despondent but in welcome way if you may catch my drift.

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                                                    Thor123 RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                    Musso's is to Buggy as Dan Tana's is to Musso's x 10

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                                                      kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 6, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                      brain lapse, this sounds like one of those SAT conjunctions from years ago.

                                                      i guess you are saying that you would say that Musso's is still a slightly good place to drink at ????

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                                                        Thor123 RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                        I am saying that Musso's is so far superior to Buggy that its like the difference between Dan Tana's and Musso's multiplied by 10.

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                                                          kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 6, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                          Ok, I'll have to keep that mind.

                                                          Thanks.

                                                          And i guess i'll have to thank you for the tana's reminder too.

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                                                            kevin RE: Thor123 Aug 6, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                            though i'm significantly poorer in the wallet for it.

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                                                      Mr Taster RE: Thor123 Aug 6, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                      Thor123, when was the last time you were there? I suspect not for a long while, which is the reason I did this 2013 update.

                                                      It's not fair to continue to post negative reviews about a place you haven't visited for 10 years, for example, without qualifying your comment as such. I certainly wouldn't (though I'd chime in to tell you that changes have been made.)

                                                      If you had said "On my last visit in 19XX, the cobwebs were as thick as cotton candy", well, that's fine. Nobody's going to take you to task for that.

                                                      On my recent visit, the booths were not worn out at all, and the place felt old but in the best possible way- there were no "worn out dark booths" as you say. The vibe with the lounge singer was charming (appropriately cheezy) in its way.

                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                        kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                        The booths may not have been old because they have undergone new ownership in the past couple years (???).

                                                        Did they still have the banner touting new ownership ?

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                                                          Mr Taster RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                          I did not see a "new ownership" banner.

                                                          Mr Taster

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                                                    kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                    in that case, i would probably love your chanteuse cousin too.

                                                    musso's, taylors, and dal rae. ????

                                                    now that's my kind of girl.

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                                                      kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                      That sounds like an exceptional game plan. Pann's followed by a martini or three at the Buggy whip. and damn, on those beef ribs, maybe it was merely a special ?

                                                      do you think it would be cool to order a drink or two while chilling at the banquette, and are these old-fashioned red Naughahide booths ?

                                                      Thanks for lving to tell the tale.

                                                      And thanks for the update.

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                                              AAQjr RE: kevin Feb 14, 2011 10:52 PM

                                              I have been for drinks. The place is pretty clean and well kempt, friendly and clubby at the bar. They have a 'Piano Man' singing rat pack era songs. No smell of smoke, it does look old skool but not run down in any way. For those who are into talking with their dates, it's not too loud..

                                              Can't say anything about the food as I've never had it.

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                                                Will Owen RE: AAQjr Feb 15, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                And how are the drinks?

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                                                  AAQjr RE: Will Owen Feb 15, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                  They make a serviceable Manhattan!

                                              2. WildSwede RE: kevin Feb 15, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                Went there a couple of years ago after picking my mom up from the airport. My mom and dad used to go there before they had kids in the late 60s. Also, I had mentioned it to my friend at work and she told me that her dad was the chef there in the early 70s and he and another co-worker are the ones who introduced the Green Goddess Dressing (amongst other things) to the menu.
                                                My mom LOVES the dressing, me, not so much. I gave her my salad which she ate with relish. I ordered the prime rib/lobster tail meal. PR was very good, lobster tail, overcooked. Mom got some sort of fish and loved it.
                                                The place was pretty busy when we were there. Seems a lot of multi-generation families go there (probably the older generation used to go decades ago and drag the younger generations there). They all seemed very familiar with the offerings.
                                                I liked it. Did not have any problems. Have also been to the Proud Bird. Isn't it owned by the same people that have The Odyssey and Castaways? It is fine, too.

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                                                Proud Bird
                                                11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                                  Will Owen RE: WildSwede Feb 15, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                  It's easy for me to get snarky about the PB (especially since I have to go there about once a month), so hokey with all those Hollywood-prop airplanes and the AYCE buffet, and much of the buffet food is a little good stuff in a lot of glop. But I'll swear I've had my best-ever carnitas tacos there, make-it-yourself or otherwise, and the salad bar is solid. It's a lot less lavish than it used to be since our meal price has stayed at $25 ($35 for non-members) while of course their costs have gone up. We used to get access to the omelet-and-pasta chef's station, but no more.

                                                2. Servorg RE: kevin Feb 16, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                  Recent talk about the Sacramento Buggy Whip resulted in this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7604... (for those who are interested).

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                                                  Buggy Whip Restaurant
                                                  7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                    trimtab RE: kevin Feb 16, 2011 11:10 AM

                                                    For the past few years, when my kids would return to Los Angeles from college for Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, it fell on me to pick them up from the airport. Rather than face the horrific prospect of cruising endlessly around the LAX loop and trying to dodge determined airport police, I wised up. I told my kids that if they took a taxi to the Buggy Whip, I'd reimburse them. The place was everything WildSwede and AAGjr said and during the holidays a whole lot more. Maybe it was the festive mood at the bar combined with reuniting with my kids, but I have nothing but the fondest of memories for that place. Reading all these comments and knowing that I've made the last of my college holiday LAX runs, I'm saddened just a bit. I think a return trip to the Buggy Whip is in order later this year just for old times sake.

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                                                    Buggy Whip Restaurant
                                                    7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                      bllrdfam RE: trimtab Feb 16, 2011 06:55 PM

                                                      Let's be real here people. The Buggy Whip is a very nice older style restaurant that has successfully been around for a long time. If you go there expecting a modern avant-garde experience you will be unhappy. If you go there for a traditional local neighborhood meal from a traditional restaurant you will be happy. It is a nice comfortable environment that can make you feel relaxed and good.

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                                                      Buggy Whip Restaurant
                                                      7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                        westsidegal RE: bllrdfam Feb 16, 2011 08:09 PM

                                                        the environment is better than the food, imho.
                                                        nostalgia only goes so far. . . .

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                                                          Baron RE: westsidegal Feb 19, 2011 07:37 AM

                                                          ok, here goes. Me and the Mrs went Friday, 5 pm to try their oysters. Perfect, fresh beauties served over crushed ice with fresh horseradish and sauce. 8 oysters for $12.95. They also had a lobster special. Two 1-1/1/4 lb Main lobsters for $29.00 which were sweet and cooked just right. The room was old school for sure. Very old school, but clean with no smoke odors and very comfortable with dark woods and interesting artwork. The place was empty at that hour but every table and booth was set, with lit candles, a fire going in the fireplace which was welcomed on a cold rainy night. They also have early bird dinners for about $12.95. I'll go back when in the mood for oysters and next time I'll try one of their steaks.

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                                                            monku RE: Baron Feb 19, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                            Good to hear a "current" report.

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                                                              jeanmarieok RE: monku Feb 19, 2011 09:58 PM

                                                              When I work at my LA office, I drive past there every day, on my way from my hotel near the airport to my office off of La Cienega. I've wondered for years if The Buggy Whip was worth a stop. Thanks for the report.

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                                                              Buggy Whip Restaurant
                                                              7420 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                      jgilbert1000 RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                      Was the Buggy Whip featured on a recent episode of Ray Donovan on Showtime?

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                                                        Servorg RE: jgilbert1000 Aug 6, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                        yes

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                                                        kevin RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                        By the way, so where the martini's more like $8 bucks or $11 bucks ?

                                                        Thanks.

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                                                          Mr Taster RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                          >> I'll give you one guess how much the bill came to.

                                                          Mr Taster

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                                                            kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                            Hmm.

                                                            Two martinis a piece. 11 dollars each, 44 bucks.

                                                            21 entree.

                                                            27 entree.

                                                            salad 7 x 2 = 14

                                                            crab cakes 15

                                                            miscellanoues, 20 bucks.

                                                            $142 before tax and tip for two people ????????

                                                            Not even close ???

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                                                              Mr Taster RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                              Two martinis $22
                                                              Dish of extra olives (free!)
                                                              Crab cakes $15
                                                              Shrimp cocktail $12
                                                              Pork loin, french fries and green salad $24
                                                              Filet of Sole, baked potato & green goddess salad $21

                                                              We shared.

                                                              Dinner for 3 = $94 pre tax/tip.

                                                              Indeed.

                                                              Mr Taster

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                                                                kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                that's not too bad. though i overshot the drinks by two, and adding up salads (which I take it were rolled into the price of the entree, which is not bad), and i adding a $20 misc, and the third person didn't order an entree.

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                                                                  Mr Taster RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                  I updated my post to reflect the freebies included with the entrees.

                                                                  Forgot to mention we ordered fries with the pork loin, which were strangely good. They were not exactly crispy, but had this slightly dehydrated, chewy, almost meaty texture that sounds awfully disgusting even as I type it, but was actually strangely appealing.

                                                                  Mr Taster

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                                                                    kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                    It sounds like BK fries ?

                                                                    Yeah, maybe a couple of drinks.

                                                                    And order of fries and some green goddess dressing on the side to dip those suckers in.

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                                                                      Baron RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                      Kevin, so, is the BuggyWhip worth a visit? I mean for the food. Not particular about the drinks.

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                                                                        kevin RE: Baron Aug 6, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                        i haven't been. i was just commenting on Mr. Taster's review.

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                                                                      Baron RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                      Mr Taster, How was the food at the Buggy Whip?

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                                                                        kevin RE: Baron Aug 6, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                        Here's a re-posting of his review from above, though:
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                                                                        Doing my Chowhoundly public service. I've gotten the sense from reading reviews that people who haven't eaten here in 10 years like to talk about how terrible it is, which is not terrible fair. This is my attempt at a balanced August 2013 Buggy Whip update, which is sorely needed.

                                                                        It's a great old school vibe, with the ivory-tickling tuxedoed lounge singer guy in the bar area, and at 9pm an R&B band in the back. Went with my cousin, who is a 1920s ukelele chanteuse (www.janetklein.com) and lives the part in her real life. She loves this stuff. (Musso, Dal Rae, Taylor's, etc.

                                                                        )

                                                                        Lots of wood, stained glass, high ceilings and a clubby, comfy vibe with curved red leather banquettes. The gin martinis were strong and dry (I asked the server how much they were, and he was unsure-- "between $8 and $11." I'll give you one guess how much the bill came to.)

                                                                        Service was a little too attentive. Young kids who interrupted several conversations in an attempt to be helpful. "Indeed" was the word of the evening--

                                                                        Us: "Would you please bring us more bread?"
                                                                        Young Server: "Indeed."

                                                                        Young server: "How are your cocktails?"
                                                                        Us: "Very nice, thank you."
                                                                        Young server: "Indeed."

                                                                        Funny.

                                                                        The meal was a mixed bag. Some of the dishes were good, some were passable, and some were not very good at all. Lots of things not on the menu-- no oysters, no lobster. My default order at these kinds of restaurants is sand dabs, when available (there were not, but to be fair it's not a regular menu item). The BBQ beef ribs also were unavailable, as they are basically the leftover cuts from prime rib. Not enough prime rib orders = no bbq ribs. Instead, I had the sole with capers and butter and a baked potato for $21. The fish was fine, although sauced with a little too much butter. The potato was fine, a grossly oversized russet served in traditional manner w/ chives, sour cream and butter. Skin was not as crispy as I would have liked. Shrimp cocktail was delicious, large (not jumbo) shrimp served on ice with cocktail sauce and 2 lemon wedges, but with only 5 shrimp for $12 it was quite expensive. My dining companions ordered the crabcakes (which were not very good-- this was not lump crab, but shredded and mealy textured). We all loved the green goddess salad (wonderfully served on an ice cold salad plate) which none of us had ever had before, and tasted like a nice variant on a Caesar, more herbaceous. Wasn't sure what others meant when they talked about "food coloring" added to the dressing, until the white plate was nearly empty, and I could see the residual dressing was this unnatural sea foam green. Dining companion ordered "Rosemary Crusted Pork Loin" which arrived slightly overcooked/dry, covered in a bland applesauce. As for "crusted rosemary", we spotted only one tiny shred of dried (not fresh) rosemary-- and none of us were able to detect even the slightest hint of rosemary flavor. None of us liked this dish, and at $24 was the real loser of the night. As you know, rosemary is not a subtle-flavored herb, so this was a total failure on all counts.

                                                                        In any case, it was an enjoyable place to go and I would certainly go back for drinks and a relaxed evening in a very comfortable environment. I'll just be sure to eat at Pann's before settling in to a comfy banquette with my martini.

                                                                        Mr Taster

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                                                                          PeterCC RE: kevin Aug 6, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                          This is getting too meta for me.

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                                                                            Mr Taster RE: PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                            For me too, and I wrote the thing.

                                                                            Kev, I appreciate your attempt at providing resources, although you know you can create a link instead of reposting the whole thing. Click on the little chain link icon and copy the link into your post.

                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7660...

                                                                            Mr Taster

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                                                                              PeterCC RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                              You can lead a horse to water...

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                                                                                kevin RE: PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                That horse must be thirsty.

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                                                                                kevin RE: Mr Taster Aug 6, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                My bad, Mr. Taster.

                                                                                I couldn't quite figure out how to just link your newest review on Buggy Whip. My apologies.

                                                                                And now I have to figure out you do your signature TM trademark.

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                                                                                kevin RE: PeterCC Aug 6, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                What do you mean by too "meta" for me ?

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