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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

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  1. Simple…La Barbara's Pizza on Wilshire in West LA. Delicious, cheap and open late too. It was the simply the best...

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    1. re: wienermobile

      sorry, your post on Tail o the Pup reminded me of this particular topic.

        1. re: wienermobile

          I miss Tail too. Time to raze the moribund Beverly Center and bring back the park/playland and tail o the pup!

      1. re: wienermobile

        Mine is the Wiener Factory, Nouveau Cafe Blanc, and Cafe n awl ins.

        1. re: kevin

          have to agree with the weiner factory.

          and as mentioned before mezze on la cienega was great. shame that they closed. hopefully wexlers deli in grand central will have some carryovers.

        2. re: wienermobile

          Agree with weinermobe on labarbara's. Great pizza (when WLA still had old school pizza style).

          I will throw The Hot Dog show (pacific palisades) and Bit of Scotland (Westwood) as the "out of left field" second choices.

          1. re: cagey

            The Hot Dog Show in Pacific Palisades is not related to the also no defunct Papoo's Hot Dog Show in Burbank, is it ????????

            1. re: kevin

              Similar theme, possibly built around same time. Themed menus (that papoos long abandoned) and the meat provisions were NOT Hoffy (a la Papoo's) but rather Harvey Sawyer - huge dif. Palisades location had a train running around the dining room. They were not related in ownership, at least by the late 60s. No one who knew the PP location would say there was much comparison aside from the theme/design. Fun place "that I really really miss" (in keeping with the post title).

            2. re: cagey

              There was also a Hot Dog Show in Toulca Lake across from Bob's Big Boy and Hamton's.

              1. re: wienermobile

                The Hot Dog Show in Pacific Palisades is not related to the also no defunct Papoo's Hot Dog Show in Burbank, is it ???????? ,,,,,,

                1. re: wienermobile

                  ….also one on Ventura Blvd in Studio City right where the Bistro Gardens now stands.

                  1. re: cagey

                    I loved the Hot Dog Show in the Palisades! I spent so much time there during high school.

                  2. re: wienermobile

                    I have tried many places that others said were like La Barbera's. Amazing no one has been able to even come close.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          WiEner, get started on getting la barbersa back.

                          That's your new gig.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Where would you like to see it open? Same neighborhood? Kick out Union Buffet?

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Sure. We can definitely kick out Union Buffet. I never frequented that joint anyhow.

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                Though we may have to save the Fuzhuou-sh fish balls and serve them at another restaurant. Someone mentioned that those fishy fish balls are pretty damn great.

                              2. re: kevin

                                Kevin, This is a message about La Barbara's pizza I found on Yelp from Natalie L."That is my family's restaurant. Wish it was still around. My mother worked there, and that's where she met my father. My grandpa Joe was the best. One day I hope to bring it back to town. Carry on that legendary pizza recipe ;)" So there is some hope? Are you out there Natalie L…. Save us pizza lovers please...

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  Wiener, here's more guidance on the mission that you have set out to conquer:

                                  Find out Natalie L's contact information.

                                  Now get to work buddy. :)

                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    Natalie L, are you out there? Do you have the recipies for the pizza or do you know anyone who made the pizzas? If you could recreate the pizza, you could do a one day, or one week popup in LA serving La Barberas pizza and you would have lines around the block. People would travel from all over to have some. This would be HUGE!!!

                                    1. re: bringiton

                                      There's so much fanfare regarding la barbera's pizza that they could probably make like gang busters if they ever happened to decide to open up a location once again to be sure.

                                    2. re: wienermobile

                                      I sent an email to Natalie L through her Yelp account. I suggested that she consider a one day or two day pop up serving La Barbera's pizza, assuming she could recreate the recipe. If she contacts me, I'll let y'all know. Who knows, if it is successful, the next step might be to reopen the restaurant somewhere new. However, even if it doesn't reopen, a pop up would be a blast.

                                2. re: wienermobile

                                  Where exactly was this located? On Wilshire, or in westwood? Do you remember what was unique about the pizza?

                                  1. re: csh123

                                    La Barbara's was a large multi room Pizzeria on Wilshire at Westgate in West LA and was in in it's prime in the 70's and early 80's. It's pizza was very unique, not NY style or Deep dish either. A very good medium crust and very generous with their toppings. Their homemade sausage was my favorite, They did not sell by the slice but were one of the first pizzeria's that sold small individual pies. They were open late and were very inexpensive. They had a very busy to go business and inside It was always packed to due to the loyalty of UCLA students. Due to the value of the land it was replaced by a run of the mill mini mall that is now home to Union Buffet and a Subway sandwich shop. Many of us who remember their pizza have never found anything close to what their's tasted like and all have the hope that someday someone returns with their families incredible recipes again. We on Chowhound should start our own Kickstarter and open a new La Barbara's up.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Actually it was my understanding that La Barbera's was offered a spot in the new mall, but they chose to retire since their children did not want to continue the restaurant. And I have never seen such devotion (well-deserved) to a restaurant that simply ended.

                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                    You're taking me back to college days, when we'd go to La Barbara's for pizza and the Fox Inn down the street for beers and bawdy songs. Chants of "Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi!" as the Fox downed another frosty mug! Bill Foster went on to perform on The Man Show with Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Fos...

                                    How's that for memory lane?

                                  3. I miss Clifton's Cafeteria but at least I'm getting it back soon?

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                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      You should be getting it back soon.

                                      Unless the guys from the Broadway Bar/Golden Gofer/Casey's Irish Pub and Grill/Cole's/etc get a hold of it and turn it into one of those oh so trendy nightlife joints.

                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Oh yeah, I miss that place too. Went to the one on Broadway many many years ago. I think the last time I went to Clfton's was at the West Covina Plaza.several years ago.

                                      2. My favorite restaurant as a kid was a little burger joint called the Choo Choo on Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Its main claim to fame was that your little burger would come to you on a little steam train and stop right in front of you at the counter. I was transfixed. I was then heartbroken when it closed in the early 60's.

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                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          That sounds beyond exceptional.

                                          I would go there right this very instant if it were still open.

                                          And I ain't even joking.

                                          I wonder if there is anything like it still around town. The chop choo train on the rail comes from the kitchen on the rail and stops right in front of you, ?????? Tha's beyond exceptional. obviously the food probably sucks but that's besides the point and as kid that shit probably was beyond delicious.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            As a kid I could never figure out how the train knew where to stop. It was amazing.

                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                              The counter was sectioned into names of nearby train stations (i.e. Cucamonga). There was a switch for each sections and when the train was 'dispatched' the cook/owner would announce the destination over a loudspeaker. The waitress/owner (I believe they were married) would flip the right switch to stop the train. My grandparents has a dry cleaning business just around the corner on Friar Street.

                                        2. Bit O' Scotland and their fish and chips and Scotch eggs on Westwood Blvd in West LA.

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                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            Oh but the fried chicken..... Sadly I have tried the F&C at john o'groats - much touted - but it doesn't quite stack up to the original. Something lost in the move...

                                          2. CC Brown's Hot Fudge on Hollywood Blvd.

                                             
                                             
                                             
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                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                              You know you can still get a CC Brown's hot fudge sundae at any restauarant owned by Lawry's and you can buy a bottle of CC Brown's to go there too? They bought out the company and the recipe.