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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. 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. here is their website:

      http://www.thebuggywhip.com/

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

        1. 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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            1. re: Servorg

              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

              1. re: lil mikey

                >> 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

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  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

                  1. re: Servorg

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

              2. re: Servorg

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

                1. re: Thor123

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

                  1. re: Thor123

                    I really don't want to blow chunks.

                    1. re: Thor123

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

                      1. re: kevin

                        Kevin,

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

                        1. re: Baron

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

                          Thanks for the tip.

                          1. re: kevin

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

                            1. re: Baron

                              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).

                              1. re: Servorg

                                ok. Ask him to spell rudobagoes.

                                1. re: Baron

                                  My last motor home was one of those!

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Don't forget to tip your waitresses.

                                    1. re: PeterCC

                                      Tip Your Waitresses ????

                                      Por quee ????

                                  2. re: Baron

                                    I ain't spelling that shit.

                                    And that's for damn sure.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: Will Owen

                          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

                          1. re: Servorg

                            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.

                            1. re: kevin

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

                            2. re: Servorg

                              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