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Mar 7, 2012 08:06 AM

LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

With Angeli and Drago Santa Monica now closed, it makes me wonder about some of the oldest restaurants that are still going strong. Taix has never stood out to me, but I know there are others. What are some favorites here? Especially curious about Chinese and Mexican spots that have stood the test of time...

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  1. Well, I don't know what the record is, but both Cole's and Philippe's lay claim to 100 years of history as the inventor of the French dip.

    Philippe the Original
    1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

      1. re: Servorg

        Philippe the Original since 1908
        Musso and Frank 1919
        The Pantry 1924
        Clifton's 1931
        Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken 1934
        The Galley 1934
        Lawry's The Prime Rib 1938
        Du-par's 1938
        Pink's Hot Dogs 1939
        Snug Harbor Santa Monica 1941
        Cupid's Hot Dogs 1946
        The Smokehouse 1946
        Tommy's 1946
        Langer's Deli 1947
        Bob's Big Boy Burbank 1949
        Hamburger Hamlet 1950
        Casa Vega 1956
        Pann's 1958
        & Dinah's 1959

        Philippe the Original
        1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        Langer's Delicatessen
        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

        Lawry's Prime Rib
        100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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

        Clifton's Cafeteria
        648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

        6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Musso & Frank Grill
        6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        Cupid's Hot Dogs
        9039 Lindley Av, Northridge, CA

        The Galley Restaurant
        2442 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Bob's Big Boy
        4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

        Snug Harbor
        2323 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

        Dupar's Restaurants & Bakeries
        Los Angeles CA, Los Angeles, CA

        Casa Vega Restaurant
        13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

        1. re: wienermobile

          Isn't Canter's ~1930s?
          I think Nate N Al opened earlier than Langer's, too? 1945?

          Anywho. I think per previous discussion, Formosa is the oldest Chinese restaurant in LA, with Phoenix Bakery (Chinatown) a bit behind.

          1. re: TonyC

            Formosa! Didn't even realize it was so old... Thanks Tony.

            1. re: tablefor1

              I am fairly sure that the Twin Dragon on Pico Blvd. is 50 years old (opened in 1962 IIRC)


              1. re: Servorg

                updating and saying I LOVE, LOVE Twin Dragon, LA's best Chinese-owned tiki bar.

                The new management just came in a month ago, and he is a hospitality industry old-hand.

                Also, non-sequitor: Twin Dragon is walkable to Ditma's.

            2. re: wienermobile

              Pacific Dining Car 1921

              Original Pantry 1924

              Casa La Golondrina 1924

              El Cholo 1927

              Canter's 1931

              Clifton's 1035

              Lawry's 1938

              1. re: Servorg

                wow....1035 for clifton's.....
                wonder what they were

                1. re: wienermobile

                  impressive list! should we make a separate sort of non-chain restaurants that have been in the same location the whole time? for example, i believe philipe moved once back in the teens or 20s. i'm pretty sure canter's did. is knott's still open? the original one?

                    1. re: FED

                      Mrs. Knotts is still open. They are scheduled to do a big remodel in the next year.

                2. Musso & Frank (1919) comes to mind.

                  El Cholo - in is present location since 1931, but can trace its origins to a 1923 cafe.

                    1. re: cjla

                      And in that same time frame, Taylor's (1953) on 8th Street in K town:

                      1. re: cjla

                        Yes! Love that place and it is def thriving.

                      2. Tam O’Shanter opened in 1922. Owned and operated by the same family. In Atwater Village. Glendale-ish.