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kevin Feb 5, 2014 04:31 PM

Thanks.

  1. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:32 PM

    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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      kevin Feb 5, 2014 04:36 PM

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

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        wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:56 PM

        and speaking of Tail o the Pup.

         
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        kevin Feb 5, 2014 04:38 PM

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

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          cdub Feb 6, 2014 09:13 AM

          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.

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          cagey Feb 5, 2014 05:15 PM

          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.

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            kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:18 PM

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

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              cagey Feb 6, 2014 05:39 AM

              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).

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              wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:19 PM

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

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                kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:21 PM

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

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                  wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 12:11 PM

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

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                    wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 12:13 PM

                    Photos:

                     
                     
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                      cagey Feb 6, 2014 01:40 PM

                      The P.P. location:

                       
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                    whatsfordinner Feb 6, 2014 12:09 PM

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

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                    Ogawak Feb 5, 2014 10:18 PM

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

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                      wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 12:51 PM

                      All that's left…..

                       
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                        Thor123 Feb 6, 2014 12:53 PM

                        Soooooooooo goooood!!!!!!

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                          kevin Feb 6, 2014 01:18 PM

                          WiEner, get started on getting la barbersa back.

                          That's your new gig.

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                            wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 01:20 PM

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

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                              kevin Feb 6, 2014 01:56 PM

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

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                                kevin Feb 6, 2014 01:57 PM

                                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.

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                                wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 01:22 PM

                                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...

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                                  kevin Feb 6, 2014 01:57 PM

                                  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. :)

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                              csh123 Feb 15, 2014 08:03 PM

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

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                                wienermobile Feb 16, 2014 09:02 AM

                                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.

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                                  Ogawak Feb 16, 2014 11:42 AM

                                  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.

                            3. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:33 PM

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

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                                kevin Feb 5, 2014 04:37 PM

                                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.

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                                  Moivy Feb 16, 2014 12:24 PM

                                  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. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:40 PM

                                  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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                                    kevin Feb 5, 2014 04:44 PM

                                    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.

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                                      wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:45 PM

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

                                  2. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:47 PM

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

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                                      cagey Feb 5, 2014 05:17 PM

                                      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. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 04:52 PM

                                      CC Brown's Hot Fudge on Hollywood Blvd.

                                       
                                       
                                       
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                                        jgilbert Feb 5, 2014 04:58 PM

                                        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.

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                                          kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:00 PM

                                          Wow. Thanks Gilbert.

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                                        jgilbert Feb 5, 2014 04:59 PM

                                        Jay's Jayburger: A Tommy's burger cooked by a chef.

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                                          kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:00 PM

                                          you echo the sentiments of chef Ken Frank.

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                                            kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:04 PM

                                            http://books.google.com/books?id=Agxy...

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                                          ns1 Feb 5, 2014 05:01 PM

                                          Pho Minh

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                                            kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:05 PM

                                            He never opened again ?

                                            I miss it too especially the broth with the broad, homemade noodles.

                                          2. J.L. Feb 5, 2014 05:09 PM

                                            Place Yuu on Sawtelle. Luckily, owner/chef Mori-san is now helming Morinoya just down the street.

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                                              Butter Fight Feb 5, 2014 06:26 PM

                                              Second Place Yuu.

                                              My favorite spot on Sawtelle.

                                              That matsutake dobin mushi, the clam miso soup...

                                              Morinoya looks good, but also more expensive. True/false?

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                                                J.L. Feb 6, 2014 12:27 AM

                                                False. It's a different menu at Morinoya, focusing on Japanese small plates.

                                                I would argue that my sushi bills alone from Place Yuu back its heyday put Mori-san's kids through college.

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                                                cacio e pepe Feb 20, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                Agreed. Morinoya is interesting . . . but it doesn't scratch the same itch.

                                                Place Yuu was the first place I had real sushi, the first izakaya I went to, the first (and last) place I kept a bottle of shochu on hand. i really miss that place.

                                              3. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:09 PM

                                                The Clam Chowder at Old World in Westwood Village (also on the Sunset Strip).

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                                                  kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:11 PM

                                                  Btw, is Johnny's Shrimp Boat still around ????

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                                                    JAB Feb 5, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                    Oh yea, on Whittier in East Los or is it Boyle Heights just east of Soto.

                                                  2. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                    Ed Debevic's Beverly Hills but not for the food...

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                                                      kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                      Then for what ?

                                                      I missed Eddie D's.

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                                                        wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                        For the fun and the 35 cent sundae.

                                                         
                                                         
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                                                          kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                          I see.

                                                          It's like a more energetic version of the old Johnnie Rocket's on Melrose.

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                                                            Kelbo Feb 21, 2014 11:27 AM

                                                            Which was "inspired" by Heaven Pop Cuisine, inside the Heaven store In Century City. A very original 40s counter & all original accoutrements, surrounded by all the cool merchandise. Great burgers sandwiches and fries. Not to mention soda fountain. Wish that were back in just that way. Restaurant as theater.

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                                                            jesstifer Feb 6, 2014 08:18 PM

                                                            +1 for 35¢ Sundaes. Plus the character waitstaff. Pretty sure Tarantino based the diner in Pulp Fiction on Eddie D's. Food was terrible.

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                                                              happybaker Feb 20, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                              Glad to see the love (and the pics!) for Ed's.

                                                              My hubby was a waiter and DJ there, and while we've all grown up (?!) we have such fond memories of the place and some of our strongest friendships began there and are still thriving.

                                                              +1 for the 35¢ sundae. And let's not forget the thrill of the atomic fries : )

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                                                                wienermobile Feb 21, 2014 09:13 AM

                                                                What's was your husband's character name? I may have known him.

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                                                                  happybaker Feb 21, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                  Ace!

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                                                                    wienermobile Feb 21, 2014 09:50 AM

                                                                    Ask him if he remembers Edsel?

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                                                                      happybaker Feb 21, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                      Just asked "Edsel. Yeah. I think he was there the first year I was there."

                                                                      After he'd been there a while, he started to develop a character and yow, we still have that giant flat top wig in our possession.

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                                                                        wienermobile Feb 21, 2014 10:20 AM

                                                                        I was there in Beverly Hills from opening day till 1991. What was your characters name.

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                                                                          happybaker Feb 21, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                          Weinermobile,

                                                                          His main character's name was Ace and he was a nerd with fake glasses and a flattop wig. He started later than you did, so mostly worked days in the beginning and thinks you were nights.

                                                                          He does remember you, that you were a good guy, and kind to a newbie!

                                                                          Now if someone could just get me the recipe for that turkey meatloaf...

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                                                                            happybaker Feb 21, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                            PS - He said your name began with "N" and was very short.

                                                                            Don't want to give your full deets on chow, but that's a hint that he truly remembered you!

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                                                                              wienermobile Feb 22, 2014 07:17 PM

                                                                              That's me!

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                                                                                kevin Feb 24, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                Uh-oh, Wiener, you've been OUTed !!!!!! :)

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                                                                Hughlipton Feb 21, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                What a collection of pictures and postcards. The one of the Luau with the table next to the pool. I sat at that table in 1972 with my Grandfather and my Grandmother. I told my then 82 year old Grandfather that on a Friday night it was a meet market and all the young ladies in Beverly Hills would show up. He asked my why I didn't bring him on a Friday night. Thanks for the memory.

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                                                              foufou Feb 12, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                              Ed's was a Chicago transplant and I enjoyed it in both cities and not for the food....

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                                                                wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 10:50 AM

                                                                I am sure no one remembers this but there was also a Ed's Torrance location on Hawthorne Blvd where El Pollo Inka is today,

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                                                                  kevin Feb 18, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                  you mean Ed Debevic's in a Torrance location ???????

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                                                                    wienermobile Feb 18, 2014 08:05 PM

                                                                    Yes. In Torrance. Closed years ago but opened before the Beverly Hills Location.

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                                                                medrite Feb 18, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                I liked the way the waitresses used to sit down at your booth when they took your order. Kinda lost some of its charm tho when I learned they were told to do that by corporate.

                                                              3. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:27 PM

                                                                Man Fook Lo

                                                                1. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                  Does anyone remember Fisher's Hamburgers in the old Town and Country Center across from Farmer's Market on 3rd Street? Boy did I love those burgers.

                                                                  and CASSELL'S HAMBURGERS that will return!

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                                                                    kevin Feb 5, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                    They may as well call you Burgermobile these days. :)

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                                                                      CastironJim Feb 11, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                      Loved Fisher's, cafeteria style setup and all!

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                                                                        JosephEBacon Mar 6, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                        They keep saying that Cassell's Hamburgers will move to the Normandie Hotel 6th/Normandie. they've been saying this for a couple years, but nothing has come from that. The sad truth is that when Mr. Cassell sold the business the burger quality went way downhill.

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                                                                        Ship's

                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                        1. wienermobile Feb 5, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                          Mezze. A real loss when they closed.

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                                                                            Ciao Bob Feb 6, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                                            +1

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                                                                              carter Feb 6, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                              + 2

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                                                                                kevin Feb 6, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                Carter,

                                                                                Btw, I heard that chef Tomi Harase of Nouveau Cafe Blanc fame is currently manning the stoves at an Italian cafe in Huntington Beach. This amounts to good though not great news. The not so great news is that he will be cooking Italian food instead of that beyond exceptional Cal-French-Japanese fusion goods.

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                                                                              yogachik Feb 5, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                              The Chatham

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                                                                                Kelbo Feb 19, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                Loved Chatham....they don't make sandwiches like that any more....the size of a dinner plate.

                                                                              2. ipsedixit Feb 5, 2014 06:33 PM

                                                                                Sasabune @ the original Sawtelle location.

                                                                                It's where I got my sushi-cherry popped.

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                                                                                  kevin Feb 5, 2014 06:41 PM

                                                                                  Didn't know Nozawa started on Sawtelle.

                                                                                  That's so cool.

                                                                                  I always thought he started in the mid-1980s in Studio City.

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                                                                                    cdub Feb 6, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                                                    nozawa did start in studio city.

                                                                                    sasabune was started by an apprentice and it was on sawtelle.

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                                                                                      kevin Feb 7, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                      Thats what I previously thought.

                                                                                      But I defer to ipse on these matters.

                                                                                      So I thought I was wrong.

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                                                                                  susiequeue Feb 5, 2014 06:47 PM

                                                                                  Wil Wright's -- my favorite ice cream "shoppe." (I remember one in Westwood and another in Tarzana. There were prob more.) Real vanilla ice cream (you could tell by the little black bits in the whitest-white ice cream you ever saw. As a kid I used to ask for the vanila-with-ants. Excellent hot fudge -- and arguably most magical of all, the little macaroon in the wax paper holder...

                                                                                  The Weiner Factory. Best hot dogs ever. I learned to eat kraut dogs there, while reading all the corny jokes on the wall. The challah-like buns were also delicious.

                                                                                  The fondue place on Ventura Blvd., Studio City (by Dixie Canyon). I loved that place. Again, childhood (or teenage-hood memories) plus more recent memories. The owner was so nice; the cuckoo clock was funny. Certainly no foodie haven, but a sweet memory.

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                                                                                    Susangria Feb 6, 2014 03:23 PM

                                                                                    We had a Wil Wright's in Newport, too. LOVED their ice cream.

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                                                                                    Ernie Feb 5, 2014 06:51 PM

                                                                                    Marcel and Jeanne's French Café

                                                                                    It was like an even cooler version of Taix
                                                                                    http://losangelesrevisited.blogspot.c...

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                                                                                      cfylong Feb 15, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                      Wow, my first French restaurant in Montebello, of all places! Kudos to my late mom, who humored her brood's prepubescent chowhound instincts. None of my family knew what the hell we were eating, but the proprietor was gracious and very nice.

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                                                                                        Kate is always hungry Feb 15, 2014 11:25 PM

                                                                                        I remember riding past Marcel and Jeanne's French Cafe about 10 or 12 years ago. I couldn't tell if it was still in business but I knew it was the kind of place I would have loved. Sorry I never made it there.

                                                                                        In a related vein, I miss Jean's Blue Room in Sherman Oaks. It was a small, family-owned French restaurant. The best thing was getting a full tureen of soup on the table.

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                                                                                        ns1 Feb 5, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                        the creole chef

                                                                                        1. Discokill Feb 5, 2014 07:49 PM

                                                                                          Beacon - i lived around the corner and must have eaten there once every 2 weeks or so.

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                                                                                            banjoboy Feb 5, 2014 07:49 PM

                                                                                            Yu Garden.

                                                                                            1. gr8pimpin Feb 5, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                              Cyrano Restaurant on Sunset in WeHo.

                                                                                              Man I STILL crave their Caesar salad.

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                                                                                                trimtab Feb 5, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                Shanghai Winter Garden on Wilshire at Curson. When I moved here in 1980 I worked at KCBS. Connie Chung told me that she'd never eaten at a Chinese restaurant that made food better than her mother. However, if I wanted something that came close, the only place she's ever recommend was Shanghai. The first time I went, Marlon Brando was entertaining two of the most beautiful Asian ladies I'd ever seen. It was as good as Chinese food ever got in what could be called the heart of LA.

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                                                                                                  Ernie Feb 5, 2014 09:42 PM

                                                                                                  What a cool story, thank you for posting that

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                                                                                                    jesstifer Feb 6, 2014 08:20 PM

                                                                                                    I went there once. Was the first place where I had debilitating MSG reaction. "Someone please take the sword out of my head!" I said.

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                                                                                                      trimtab Feb 9, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                                                      That's too bad. One of the nicer things about Shanghai WG was that you could ask for no MSG in your order.

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                                                                                                  brandygirl Feb 5, 2014 08:54 PM

                                                                                                  There are so many that I miss, but the first one that popped up in my mind was Ah Fong's. Their Beef Soo Chow was amazing, and they made the best Chow Mein I've ever tasted--no noodles. We went to the one in Encino regularly. I loved that place.

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                                                                                                    Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                                                    How about Man Fook Low on San Pedro?

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                                                                                                    foodiemahoodie Feb 5, 2014 10:39 PM

                                                                                                    Sabrosa
                                                                                                    West Beach Cafe
                                                                                                    L'Ermitage
                                                                                                    7th St. Bistro
                                                                                                    Max au Triangle
                                                                                                    Scandia

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                                                                                                      VenusCafe Feb 10, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                      WOW! those are one's I miss too, mahoodie!
                                                                                                      Esp the last 2, plus I really miss Ma Maison.

                                                                                                    2. annagranfors Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM

                                                                                                      The Sri Lanka Curry House on Fountain and Highland (1980s). God, they were wonderful, and lovely people too.

                                                                                                      And another vote for Wiener Factory–I stood behind Dick Clark at the old Burbank location once–but the Ventura Blvd. was the best, and one more for Jay's Jayburger.

                                                                                                      And lastly, though it was hardly a restaurant, the taco truck that used to be on 3rd and Witmer ca. 1980–1983...never had better carne asada in my life. The asada torta was PERFECT.

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                                                                                                        Sam D. Feb 6, 2014 02:00 AM

                                                                                                        I'd have to concur on LaBarbara's Pizza.

                                                                                                        But also--

                                                                                                        Nu-Way Hot Dogs. It was located at Pico and Bundy where Teddy's cafe is now. They had the best chili dogs ever and lasted 40+ years.

                                                                                                        Pickle Bill's. It was also on Pico but in Santa Monica. There was a large upright pickle sculpture standing on the roof over the front entrance. They had terrific fried shrimp and hot beef sandwiches.

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                                                                                                          malibumike Feb 7, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                                          Sam D, How did you peek into my mind?? You are absolutely right. The chili at nu-way was the best, La Barbara's incomparable, But the one I miss the most is Pickle Bills, sawdust on the floor and the best hot roast beef sandwiches with gravy. I cant duplicate the gravy. I had a post on Pickle Bills and his Grandson?? replied that they retired early 70's?? and moved to Saint George Utah, He said if he had the recipe he would open another Pickle Bills up there but no luck.

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                                                                                                            Kelbo Feb 19, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                                                                            Thought I'd never hear the name Pickle Bill's again. Best childhood memories.

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                                                                                                            Thor123 Feb 6, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                                            La Barbara's
                                                                                                            Original Spago
                                                                                                            Mezze

                                                                                                            1. Servorg Feb 6, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                                                                              Five places I went to multiple, multiple times over the years, and I still miss them all in a visceral way.

                                                                                                              Mago's Famous Hamburgers at 4500 Centinela in Mar Vista for cha shu avocado tacos and double avocado chili cheese burgers

                                                                                                              Rutt's Hut on that little triangle of land that is across from the strip club Plan B for Portuguese sausage with eggs

                                                                                                              Speaking of Plan B - Chicago Pizza Works for their pizza

                                                                                                              El Patio http://articles.latimes.com/1990-08-3... on Wilshire Blvd. in West LA that had the best Chicago dogs and chili cheese dogs and had the greatest little patio out back

                                                                                                              Finally - Anna's on Pico - still miss it on a weekly basis

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                                                                                                                Ogawak Feb 6, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                Mago's, I loved their avocado chashu burger. It was sort of a Westside version of Tommy's; open 24 hours and always a line. That's one place I want back, besides La Barbera's.

                                                                                                                Chicago Pizza Works, LA's first great thick crust pizza.

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                                                                                                                  Servorg Feb 6, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                  One more place I really wish had not succumbed - Orleans. Cajun food heaven and right down the street from our house. Sob!

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                                                                                                                    Thor123 Feb 6, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                    Remember fondly.

                                                                                                                2. BubblyOne Feb 6, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                  Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset, Perino's (before that last location that closed), Chasen's, Ma Maison, The Luau.

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                                                                                                                    Ogawak Feb 6, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                    Re: Ma Maison, I thought, when Wolfgang Puck left to start his empire, it was all over.

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                                                                                                                      BubblyOne Feb 6, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                      Agree.

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                                                                                                                    SteveOtruba Feb 6, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                    The Little Prague on Hollywood Blvd,

                                                                                                                    This one comes from probably 15 years ago if not more but it was excellent Czech food. Then they moved back to Brno.

                                                                                                                    1. blimpbinge Feb 6, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                      Kim Fung in San Gabriel

                                                                                                                      When I was a kid, the san gabriel superstore on san gabriel/valley blvd (shun fat) used to be a target. The plaza next to them on valley (which currently houses green zone, milk and honey, lu's garden) had a kim fung. It wasn't as "OG" as the chinatown or mpk ones, but the food tasted much better.

                                                                                                                      Unfortunately, they closed... but.... they reopened (as in, same group that ran the san gabriel location) as "Rainbow Noodle" on valley between new and garfield where there's currently lee's sandwich, noodle guy, flavor garden.

                                                                                                                      Maybe the name they chose wasn't catchy or OG enough, or maybe they constantly didn't have things that were on their menu, but they closed also. I'll miss the beef cubes w/ macaroni and cornish hen w/ red rice. No one made it like them, and to me, no one currently makes it as good as them.

                                                                                                                      The mpk branch had dipped in quality for years, I stopped going there long before they closed.

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                                                                                                                        Moivy Feb 16, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                        Never went there, but there was a Japanese restaurant there that was my first experience with Japanese food called isehama, so good.

                                                                                                                      2. wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                        Tick Tock in Hollywood . Best turkey dinner ever.

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                                                                                                                          wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                          Tick Tock Photos:

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                          Eureka

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                                                                                                                            maudies5 Feb 6, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                            Scandia

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                                                                                                                              chris1621 Feb 6, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                              Maple Drive

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                                                                                                                                yogachik Feb 7, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                The best caeser salad in town - thankfully I cut out the recipe when it was in the LA Times magazine in the 80s. Miss that restaurant for so many reasons

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                                                                                                                                Michelle Feb 6, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                It's been a long time, but the Red Barn in Pasadena. Had a fire and never recovered. Great Peruvian food, still think about and miss that garlic chicken!

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                                                                                                                                  Michelle Feb 7, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                  I would also add Konditori in Pasadena and Futami Sushi in Monrovia. We heard that Sam from Futami had moved to another place in Alhambra and tried to find him, but were never successful...

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                                                                                                                                    VenusCafe Feb 10, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                    I would add Konditori, but in Beverly Hills. We took a jaded New Yorker there and he kept asking however did we find such a neat spot.
                                                                                                                                    ( the word 'neat' was used a lot back in that day!)

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                                                                                                                                      Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      Konditori was one of my favorite restaurants for first dates. Coffee, a piece of pastry and conversation in beautiful surroundings. I liked the front part of the restaurant when you first walked in. It was NEAT.

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                                                                                                                                        maudies5 Feb 10, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        I loved the open faced sandwiches, particularly the one with the bay shrimp and their great dill sauce .

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                                                                                                                                          VenusCafe Feb 14, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                          and i'm still buying their dill sauce, only for some reason we always call it tarragon sauce.
                                                                                                                                          We always loved that our friend called it 'KonDITori'.
                                                                                                                                          We had always said KondiTORI, but changed when KonDITori sounded so much bettah!

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                                                                                                                                  whatsfordinner Feb 6, 2014 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  Though there are a number of now-closed restaurants that I miss, I really, really, really miss Rocca in Santa Monica. I'm happy to hear that Don Dickman will be opening another Italian Restaurant in Silver Lake.

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                                                                                                                                    carter Feb 6, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                    Don has been cooking at Barbrix on Hyperion @ Tracy for the last 3 years or so.

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                                                                                                                                      whatsfordinner Feb 7, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                      I love Barbrix and go often, but still I miss Rocca.

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                                                                                                                                    carter Feb 6, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                    In looking over the list of already-mentioned ones, those that come to mind for me;
                                                                                                                                    Cyrano, Mezze, Café Blanc & Nouveau Café Blanc (in that order), Scandia (bar area only), Ships Westwood, the Luau BH, the original H/Hamlet on the Strip(not the relocated one, altho it was fun at times, but less so), and Zio on Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, still the best Italian food I have ever eaten, especially here in the valley.

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                                                                                                                                      wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      I loved the Luau Beverly Hills. As a kid the black lit room made me feel like i was in some distance land or the Tiki room at Disneyland.

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                                                                                                                                        wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                        Photos from the Luau BH:

                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                          ThatPat Feb 19, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          I am old. When I was a teenager I saw Lucy & Desi at the Luau. I think this might have been 1964ish. I remember thinking how tall she was.

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                                                                                                                                            wienermobile Feb 19, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                            I used to see Dino, Desi and Billy at Delores' Drive in on Wilshire in BH all the time.

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                                                                                                                                        Clyde Feb 6, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                        Angeli Cafe - I miss the bread and the gnocchi
                                                                                                                                        Cafe Luna on Melrose - I miss their rosemary bread with melted brie, tomato & basil, & the italian dressing i used to dip the bread in.
                                                                                                                                        Authentic Cafe - i miss the brie papaya cilantro quesadilla.

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                                                                                                                                          Juji Feb 6, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                          Antica Pizzeria in Marina Del Rey

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                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 6, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                            I forgot Paio for one of the greatest dishes I have ever had in a cafe or restaurant: BBQ Fried Chicken.

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                                                                                                                                              littlestevie Feb 6, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                              Palms Fried Shrimp. odddly enough on Palms Bvld.
                                                                                                                                              Bit o' Scotland. Loved the beets in the salad and the potato bread rolls.
                                                                                                                                              La Barbara's. Simply the best
                                                                                                                                              The Chatham. lunch with mom, always had their sandwich
                                                                                                                                              Little Joe's
                                                                                                                                              Trumans. Tiki style coffee shop in Westwood
                                                                                                                                              Yee Ming Lao. the food sucked but the bar was great
                                                                                                                                              Wil Wrights. The cookies were great
                                                                                                                                              And of course my mom's all time favorite, Madam Wu's Garden

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                                                                                                                                                wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                I loved Wu's Beef.

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                                                                                                                                                  JAB Feb 6, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Was the food at Little Joe's good? I ate there but, only remember the drunken business meetings and nothing about the food.

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                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                    The food was fair. It was the only place to go for Italian food in Chinatown. Tommy Lasorda was there every time I went. The place lasted over 50 years.

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                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 6, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                      LaSorda also loves Paul's Kitchen too.

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                                                                                                                                                        littlestevie Feb 6, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Saw Lasorda and Al Campanis at Papadakis Tavernia once, they were both dancing with the waiters. Papadakis was probably my favorite Greek restaurant, which is another place that shoudn't have closed. Little Joes was ok, but I just remember going as a kid and I thought it was fun to go to Chinatown and not eat Chinese, but Italian.

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                                                                                                                                                        kevin Feb 6, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Drunken business meeetins ????

                                                                                                                                                        What more does one need ?

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                                                                                                                                                          malibumike Feb 11, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I walked through Chinatown almost every weekday for decades and ate there a couple of times, my rememberance was the food was very mediocre, but downtown businessmen found the bar area to have good strong drinks.

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                                                                                                                                                          maudies5 Feb 6, 2014 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Kate Mantilini makes a fine "Chatham Sandwich."

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                                                                                                                                                          littlestevie Feb 6, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I forgot to add Bess Eiler's and the Broken Drum both down in Santa Monica.
                                                                                                                                                          Does any one remember the BBQ place in Westwood where the Chart House was? They also had a second location over in Brentwood right about where the curve is on San Vincente. For the life of me I can't remember the name.

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                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 6, 2014 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Love's BBQ ?????

                                                                                                                                                            or is that not it.

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                                                                                                                                                              wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Love's BBQ was on Pico near Beverly Drive. Great BBQ Beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                wienermobile Feb 6, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Found a Love's BBQ menu, Take a look at the prices...

                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                  maudies5 Feb 6, 2014 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Love's was definitely on San Vicente in the '60's

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                                                                                                                                                                  littlestevie Feb 6, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  No it wasn't Love's and it also wasn't Lum's which was also in Westwood in the 60's. This place was best known for its BBQ beef sandwiches. I will probably have to bug my sister and see if she can remember its name.

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                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 6, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, bug your sis already.

                                                                                                                                                                    We're waiting …….

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                                                                                                                                                                      littlestevie Feb 7, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Got the name, it was Hasty House

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                                                                                                                                                                    littlestevie Feb 7, 2014 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    That Love's was over on Gorham and San Vincente. The place I am thinking of was further east on San Vincente, right past the curve as you drive east. It was several different restaurants over the years, not sure if it is even a restaurant now.

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                                                                                                                                                                      carter Feb 7, 2014 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Was it in the same building which now houses Pecorino, and previously was Westside or Westside Grill or before that was Le Central? That address is 11604 San Vicente.
                                                                                                                                                                      But if I recall, there was one restaurant even further around the bend, and I believe it is no longer a restaurant, but more an office use.

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                                                                                                                                                                        littlestevie Feb 7, 2014 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes it was further around the bend. It is where Edenla furniture store is. Thank you google maps

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                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Feb 7, 2014 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        We used to go to the Love's on Pico (south side of the street) near Beverly in the 70's. Website info about Love's can be found here: http://www.oldlarestaurants.com/loves/

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                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 7, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I went there too.

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                                                                                                                                                                          maudies5 Feb 7, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          You may be thinking of Gatsby's. It was a pretty happening spot for awhile.

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                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 7, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Do you mean the joint manned by chef Robert Gadsby which was located on LaBrea, which has been the Luna Park space for the past decade ???????

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                                                                                                                                                                              yogachik Feb 7, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              No. Maudie means Gatsby's - a Brentwood italian eatery that was filled with locals and local celebs. Opened about the same time as Peppone's, similar to Mateo's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Feb 7, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Ok. Got it. My bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I'll also add that I regret the fact that I never made it to

                                                                                                                                                                                Gadsby's either. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      heinous Feb 6, 2014 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      A-1 Chinese BBQ in Lomita. My go-to for Chinese comfort food for almost 30 years. The perfect hole in the wall - no frills, just really good food cooked by someone who loved cooking it and didn't cut corners. Great roast duck, pork, amazing wonton noodle soup, dry-braised string beans actually done right. And seriously the best beef chow fun ever. I will never find that beef chow fun again. *sob*

                                                                                                                                                                      Also miss having a Beijing Islamic restaurant in the South Bay. Yum sesame bread and hand-cut noodles with lamb.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Baron Feb 6, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Madam Woo's, Maryland Crab House, The Mediteranian, Jacks at the Beach....so,many others.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Susangria Feb 6, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Hamburger Hamlet.

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                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 6, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            There's still one left in the LA area.

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                                                                                                                                                                            jgilbert1000 Feb 6, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            This is really going back a long time...say the 1970's but I rember as a kid going to an Italian deli in Downtown called Dario's (not sure about the spelling), but they had a fantastic Italian meatball sandwich. The deli was really "old school" the tables were large wooden wire spools put on their side.

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                                                                                                                                                                              cacio e pepe Feb 6, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Knoll's Black Forest Inn. I'm still heartbroken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                latindancer Feb 6, 2014 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Trader Vic's at BH Hilton.
                                                                                                                                                                                Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset.
                                                                                                                                                                                Damn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  littlestevie Feb 9, 2014 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Went to TV on our wedding night, it was also the place of our first real date. Still married after 20+++++ years. Miss it bunches, the mini bar TV in the basement of the Hilton really does not cut it. Only went to HH on Sunset a few times but the one in Westwood, so many times. Jerry's is a terrible replacement

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                                                                                                                                                                                  foodiemahoodie Feb 6, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Not a restaurant, but I do remember Arlene's Donuts on Bundy and Santa Monica back in the day. And my neighbor and I would be stoned and go there around 1:00 AM and the glazed buttermilk bars would be coming out on racks. They'd make us wait until they cooled enough to burn your tongue. And that waiting probably made them better. Sweet, simple days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 6, 2014 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    damn that sounds good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Kate is always hungry Feb 6, 2014 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tick Tock
                                                                                                                                                                                    Biff's Magnolia & Lankershim
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ship's all locations
                                                                                                                                                                                    Dino's Victory & Coldwater
                                                                                                                                                                                    Neon Burger Vanowen & Woodman
                                                                                                                                                                                    Steak Burger Woodman & Victory
                                                                                                                                                                                    Steak Pit
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tempura Hiyama Vanowen & Van Nuys
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mai Lin
                                                                                                                                                                                    Beaux Tie Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                    Da Vita's Pizza on La Brea
                                                                                                                                                                                    La Strega
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bud's Red Hots
                                                                                                                                                                                    Shaber's Cafeteria
                                                                                                                                                                                    Gournenaut's
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pioneer Boulangerie Cafeteria
                                                                                                                                                                                    Chadney's

                                                                                                                                                                                    (because I never made it to them)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Chuck's Better Burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                    House of Kwang
                                                                                                                                                                                    Chasen's
                                                                                                                                                                                    Perino's

                                                                                                                                                                                    This list is not exhaustive. I'm sure I've missed many others.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      kingpinjava Mar 2, 2014 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Steak Burger was my dad's favorite place. I must have had that burger on an onion roll a hundred times as a kid..... What great memories

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Kate is always hungry Mar 2, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you dad call it "Greaseburger" like my friends did? I'd love to have one of those hamburgers on a homemade onion roll and a glass of fresh lemonade for lunch today!

                                                                                                                                                                                        BTW, did your father go to Grant High School? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          wienermobile Mar 2, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I lived around the corner and used to ride my bike to Steak Burger. Grease-burger is correct.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry Mar 2, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you remember Chuck's Better Burgers on Sherman Way across from Norm's? It had a root beer barrel soda dispenser.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I really miss Steak/Grease Burger. ;(

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                                                                                                                                                                                              wienermobile Mar 2, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              A little too far for me to ride my bike, We would go to the Union Sub Shop, Steak Burger, Browns Bakery, Tastee Freeze, Pioneer Chicken, Matt and Tony's, Cupid's Hot Dogs & Chris and Pitts…all are now gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Kate is always hungry Mar 2, 2014 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you remember an old coffee shop on Victory between Fulton and Coldwater call Mount Carmel? How about the snack bar in Monson's or the snack bar at the Food Giant on Magnolia and Coldwater?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Mar 3, 2014 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  though there are still tastee freezes inside of el pollo locos i think which is kind of weird and chris and pitt's did have a couple of locations in the OC. but those may have gone too...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile Mar 3, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Tastee Freezes inside El Pollo Loco are all done as of late last year, they even changed the outdoor signs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Mar 3, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Steak burger ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                Is that anything like the Apple Pan's steak burger ????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  wienermobile Mar 3, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steak Burger was a one of a kind stand on Woodman near Victory in Van Nuys in the late 60's and early 70's. One giant gut buster of a burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  From Van Nuys Boomers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Does anyone remember a small place called Steak Burger that was at 6336 Woodman Ave. in Van Nuys? It was on the east side of the street just south of Victory Blvd. We used to go there back in the 70's. They had very large hamburgers on what I recall seemed like a specially made bun. We would cut classes at Valley College and go there or to Jack in the Box on the other side of Woodman. Then we would go play golf. This is probably why I spent too many years at Valley College and ended up with nothing but memories of cutting classes, it was run by a man who ground his own burger mix and baked his own bun. He would arrive at 4AM and by 11:30 there would be a line around the building. Seating was on steel plates attached to poles that were bolted around the building in front of an attached wood counter that ran around the building, He also served fresh cut skin-on steak fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As I recall, he sold the place in the 80's and little by little the quality diminished. Eventually, it was like any other stand and then it closed. They were yummy!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                          jesstifer Feb 6, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Also: Uzbekistan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Seasa Feb 6, 2014 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            El Carmen on Beverly. Was my childhood Mexican, first enchilada, first taco, first warm corn tortilla and butter. I also miss the ONLY good Islamic Chinese I have ever been to, called Islamic Chinese on...Valley and New? Would love a new one, but don't suggest that one that looks like a steak house, been there, it's not as good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              carter Feb 7, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              China Islamic on Garvey just west of Del Mar. Was a relocation from another site, but I don't know where as I only ate at this relocated version.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Always liked their lamb dishes but it has also been at least 3-5 years since I have been.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not sure if this is the one you are referring to as looking like a steak house or not, but it doesn't to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Ogawak Feb 6, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              The Good Earth, the first healthy restaurant I encountered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                jesstifer Feb 6, 2014 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                If by healthy you mean "Piles of Cheese," sure. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ogawak Feb 7, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  At the time, there was none healthier. The best tasting herbal tea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 7, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good Earth is still around, right ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      GK in SO Feb 17, 2014 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Funny you should mention Good Earth, because the one in Studio City just closed a couple weeks ago, after about a hundred years located on Ventura Blvd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's no wonder, every time I either ate there or went by there the past few years it was a ghost town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        mucho gordo Feb 19, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        They had the best pancakes, by far, of any place I've been to including IHOP, Uncle Johns, DuPar's and Sambo's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      aching Feb 7, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The tea you can buy at the grocery store (I'm assuming it's the same, not having been to the restaurant). It's fantastic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bradbury Feb 9, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trader Joe's also has it. Relabeled of course, but I'd recognize that unique aroma anywhere, having had it burned into my brain as a kid...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    silverlakebodhisattva Feb 7, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aren't there at least a couple still around in the valleys? My wife loved them; I hated them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      carter Feb 8, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The one in Studio City closed at the end of January.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree with your assessment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. barryc Feb 7, 2014 01:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    i've mentioned it recently: wing hing deli which was at the current site of tasty garden in alhambra. toisan cooking at its humblest/finest! they made a steamed minced pork with egg white. cornstarch and water chestnuts topped with chinese sausage that i could eat with about 2 lbs of rice. and both sisters looked a lot like my mom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seasa Feb 7, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The islamic Chinese is a pretty nice room, I want to say it has a beamed ceiling. It has a parking lot around it. Anyway, it's ok, but not as good as that one the giant mall on Valley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigredd Feb 7, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great topic.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stellini's on Pico
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hampton's in Hollywood

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Feb 7, 2014 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Though come to think of it, the moderators might not like this topic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        whatsfordinner Feb 7, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Does anyone remember A&W Root Beer on Wilshire in Santa Monica? The car service was a blast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kelbo Feb 19, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember A&W...there was also one on the corner of Venice Bl and Sepulveda for a while...after a little known drive in closed there, called The Track, which delivered your food in a covered tray to your window for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Before there was a 405 fwy. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 19, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            there's still an a and w on the venice beach boardwalk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          silverlakebodhisattva Feb 7, 2014 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vickman's;
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Uzbekistan, and Glider Inn in Huntington Beach (for the Woman In The Hat);
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mo Bettah Meaty Meat Burgers;
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gorky's (first incarnation);
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the tiny BBQ stand that used to be on the SW corner of Pico and LaBrea (Carl's?);
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ichiban Cafe in J-Town,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seafood Bay on Sunset,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grandview Garden's dim-sum take-out window;
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cemitas Pal Cabron;
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pioneer Bakery Boulangerie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 7, 2014 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I heard Carl's was the shit for great BBQ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I do really miss Mo Better Meatyy meat but supposedly it's now in the former Greeces/Carl's BBQ location on La Brea, near 9th.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              littlestevie Feb 7, 2014 11:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I remember a BBQ place on south LaBrea called Lou's. I can't place the cross street however. It was the first time I ever had BBQ goat, until I moved to St. Louis for school where it was actually sorta common.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                VenusCafe Feb 10, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                What was the first and what was the second incarnation of Gorky's?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I only know one circa '84-5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                And good for you recalling Pioneer Bakery/Boulangerie AND Seafood Bay

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FranklinJefferson Feb 11, 2014 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My only recollection of Gorky's began in "88 and continued until it closed for good in '92 or '93. 8th street and Julian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wasn't aware of another locale

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    silverlakebodhisattva Feb 11, 2014 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gorky's "first incarnation" was while the original owner still had control, pre-brew-pub, pre-Hollywood branch, you k know, "before it was cool"....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SuburbanBohemian Feb 7, 2014 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How about Gustaf Anders in Costa Mesa, across from South Coast Plaza. Great Swedish cooking, and a fantastic Julbord at Christmas. Irreplaceable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    brandygirl Feb 7, 2014 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yes, Gustav Anders is one of my all-time favorites. That is definitely one that I miss dearly. Every meal was outstanding. We would drive out there from Chatsworth--about 2 hours away--for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lizziee Feb 7, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michel Richard - Citrus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Three more just came to mind:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tung Lai Shan - For the incredible scallion & sesame bread and niu rou mien (with wide knife-cut noodles)...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mako - For their Nouveau Japonais bento boxes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      L'Escoffier - For the fun of seeing the Old Money and Movie Stars...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Feb 7, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I loved Mako on Beverly right ? Not the sushi bar in Weller Court, right ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They made this exceptional whole main lobster in a coconut saffron curry sauce. Well-modulated pure Bliss and not a bit treacly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FranklinJefferson Feb 7, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fred Eric's Vida in Los Feliz - had the most memorable Valentine's dinner there in the early '90s that was a collaboration between Fred and Bob Blumer (The Surreal Gourmet)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ken Frank's Le Toque on Sunset @ Crescent Heights - My first all-truffle dinner (black truffles), even the ice cream had flecks... well, it was shocking 25 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cinnabar in Glendale - for the 1930's Shanghai ambiance and the fantastic bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yogachik Feb 7, 2014 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I miss Vida, too. It was the first bar in LA that took cocktails to the next level, created the current "mixologist"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 7, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Damn, I missed both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I especially would have loved loved loved to have hit up La Toque.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            susiequeue Feb 7, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I loved all yur picks (well, almost all), Franklin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Had a bad experience at a Vida dinner (Fred Eric's place) starring Bob Blumer (as chef). The server spilled a glass of wine on my husband's good leather jacket. They didn't do anything, so (naturally!) I complained. Bob Blumer, as guest chef, offered us free cookbooks and lithographs, but Fred Eric ignored us (and we wrote to him several times! Okay, maybe 3 times - but that's a lot!) Wouldn't even pay for the dry cleaning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neither of us will ever forget it. We will always "diss" Fred Eric and NEVER go back to any establishment. AND I will always remember that Bob Blumer had class!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              carter Feb 8, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the los feliz area I will always remember Duplex, run by Mark & Stephanie Carter - no relation btw.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trumps was also a very special place for special occasions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. aching Feb 7, 2014 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know that I would use three "reallys" to describe how much I miss it, but I really liked Grace on Beverly Blvd. and was sorry to see it close. I've been hearing for years that it's going to reopen downtown at Vibiana, but no sign of it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ogawak Feb 7, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tokyo Kaikan in Little Tokyo:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They had a great tempura bar in the 1970's complete with deep-fried ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They also had a sushi bar before they became popular in LA where they actually invented the California Roll.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My cousin from Tokyo says they serve California Rolls there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know why they went under; It was my favorite restaurant in Little Tokyo beside Horikawa.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Feb 7, 2014 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You just made me think of Zipangu in Santa Monica. Great Japanese food and their pastas were also exceptional. Broadway @ Lincoln on the SE corner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yogachik Feb 7, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I miss the Authentic Cafe and Chianti Cucina.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chris1621 Feb 7, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think we have the same tastes - I liked both of those restaurants too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Henry Moffett's Chicken Pie Shop, Bellflower. A split-off from the other Moffett's, and in many ways better: they had fried chicken too, and it was some of the best I'd ever tasted, and their chicken and noodles was a fine variation on the pie theme using the same chicken and gravy. Mrs O's favorite thing was the excellent fries, with which you could get their house-made Green Goddess dressing. They did a constant business at the pie counter, not so much in the dining room, and closed quite a few years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      paprkutr Feb 7, 2014 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So many have already been mentioned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LA Barberas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tick Tock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Authentic Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Top's Hamburgers on LaBrea and Olympic originally on sw corner then moved to see corner which is now Top Round.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fisher's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Andre's on Wilshire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fairfax Hungarian Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Budapest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite. Robaire's on La Brea still run into Mr Robaire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dick Webster's
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Swensen's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Taco Tah on Beverly Blvd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Danny's Dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orange Whinzit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dolores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Deli's Bagel, Stage, Fritzi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Body's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Curries Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      drive Ins. Tiny Naylor's on Sunset. Bob's Big Boys

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Feb 7, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can you further describe Orange Whiznit and Curries Ice Cream ???????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks a bunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          paprkutr Feb 7, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Orange Whinzit was a hamburger drive in on Wilshire Blvd right near Dolores.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Curries was a big ice cream place. I don't remember a lot I was very young.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          paprkutr Feb 7, 2014 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I meant Pop's not Top's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jwsel Feb 7, 2014 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I miss Swensen's. There was one in Encino that was a traditional ice cream shop. Then they opened in the Galleria. Now I want some Sticky Chewy Chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mon Grenier. The best bouillabaise in the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            China Inn in Encino. It closed in the 80s and I have not found comparable kung pao chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pinot Bistro in Studio City.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Red Onion (the original)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hamptons on Highland. The burgers, with all their odd combinations of toppings were good, but they also had great potato salad and incredible desserts (the "Chocolate Mort" -- as in death -- was aptly named).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll also echo those who miss Love's (mostly for the baked beans) and Wiener Factory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelbo Mar 4, 2014 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great list. Thanks for Tops. Was trying to think of name. Drove many miles for burgers there

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              paprkutr Feb 7, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carnations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Van de Camps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Helms Trucks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eat a Pita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Little Joe's. Went with my dad all the time. He loved it, it was our special place.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brown's Bakery on Wilshire.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Feb 7, 2014 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pakurktrs you are awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paprkutr Feb 7, 2014 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GK in SO Feb 17, 2014 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my lord, the Helms truck...there was nothing better than the smell that smacked you in the face as the guy rolled out the wooden racks of fresh baked heaven (I was always partial to the jelly donuts, so fresh and SO full of jelly, not like most jelly donuts these days that just have a frickin' thimble's full of jelly!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Really, was there a jelly shortage somewhere? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moivy Feb 18, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The good old days when the food came to you. Hey, they were the first food trucks ever, well at least in my life. Loved the chocolate chip cookies, my brother liked their potato chips. And the cold milk in glass bottles delivered to the door by Arden Dairy. Good times, good times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kate is always hungry Feb 18, 2014 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since you mentioned milk in glass bottles, I'll add Jessup's drive-thru dairies. There was one on Fulton just north of Victory Blvd. You could get milk, chocolate milk, OJ, eggs and other goodies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moivy Feb 18, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think the name was Adohr Farms, not Arden that delivered the milk in the bottles. The milk was always so cold. We are lucky that we have a great drive through dairy in town, Huell Howser's favorite place, Broguires in Montebello

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          malibumike Feb 19, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes Moivy, my grandfather was a milkman for Adohr Farms. Adohr was Rhoda spelled backwards. Rhoda Ringe was the daughter of the Ringes who owned all of Malibu back in the late 1800's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Moivy Feb 19, 2014 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Mike, If he had a route in Montebello, maybe he was our milkman.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              malibumike Feb 20, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Moivy, he actually had a pretty good route in Beverly Hills, worked out of the distribution center on La Ciegna?? where Montgomery Wards took over the site, used to go into the lobby and you could drink all the milk, buttermilk, or chocolate milk you could hold haha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Steve Green Mar 3, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loved the Helms truck -- a fond memory of my youth in SoCal. When you heard that distinctive air horn, you knew it was time. You'd flag him down, and he would stop and swing open the back doors to that panel truck, and there were all those drawers full of great donuts, yeah. I don't think I've had a glazed donut that compares, since. We could buy individual donuts (6c, IIRC), or if we were lucky, Mom would spring for a box of six.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littlestevie Feb 7, 2014 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How about the Adriatic in Beverly Hills? My dad loved it because it had some Slovene dishes that were close to my dad's heart. There was also a Swiss place in BH and all can remember were all the cheese dishes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mas o Menos Feb 7, 2014 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Weight Watcher's style restaurant – N. side of Pico, just E. of Robertson - L.A. (Unknown lady's name, Virginia?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Trial Feb 8, 2014 02:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although, in some instances, we are fortunate to still have the chefs or owners among us at other establishments, here are some places worth missing that I was surprised not to have seen yet:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bastide (in several, but not all, of its incarnations);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bier Beisel (supposedly reopening elsewhere);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gilliland's;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jimmy's (who just passed away--the original location);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jozu;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        L'Orangerie (with most of its chefs);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ortolan (periodically, Chef Eme tweets of the chance of a new place);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rangoon Racquet Club (you can still get good Scotch Eggs at King's Head, though);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rex (though his wife does a lovely job at Vincenti);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard Mei's King Dragon (real NY egg rolls but also lobster rolls!);

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trumps (not to be confused with Trump National)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J.L. Feb 8, 2014 02:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Completely agree with lamenting the loss of L'Orangerie, Bastide (a la Ludo, before the mega-fame), and Ortolan...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            New Trial Feb 9, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just thought about another one time favorite--Camelions, back when Elka Gilmore was chef.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              maudies5 Feb 9, 2014 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loved Camelions. I believe that site morphed into Chez Mimi and now it is Villetta (which has filed for bankruptcy). It will be interesting to see what goes in there next.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Feb 9, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably an outpost of Settebello.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Feb 9, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that the rents up there in the 90049 would preclude the Settebello's or others in the same category. Not to mention that particular setting lends itself more to the Bastide type of place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelbo Feb 19, 2014 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Was rackin my brain for the name of Rangoon Raquet Club. Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              luosanjee Feb 9, 2014 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BeBe Cafe in Arcadia. It was there in that strip mall joint with the Tapioca Express and previous Treasure Island and 99ct store. They had really really great orange chicken, never had anything like it before. It was kind of a mix between legit orange peels and a vinegary Shanghai sweet and sour rib sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whenever I pass that joint, whatever it is now Guilin noodle house or something? I still get cravings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. flylice2x Feb 9, 2014 02:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Del Conte in Torrance..what it's been at least 15 -20 years maybe?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tin Sing Chinese Restaurant in Gardena and Papadakis in San Pedro...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. wienermobile Feb 9, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Islander Restaurant on La Cienega Blvd. It would rain inside the restaurant once an hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 9, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rain inside the joint >????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Whatever happened to all these themed restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wienermobile Feb 9, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Planet Hollywood and Rainforest Cafe both kind of ruined it for theme restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodiemahoodie Feb 9, 2014 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I kinda miss The Islander too. Kitch-y fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They also had a great prime rib.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bradbury Feb 9, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some of these go way back, and others aren't terribly original, but:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gustaf Anders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mangga Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bouchon (the one on Melrose near Fairfax)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tung Lai Shan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kabakian's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Espresso Bar (Old Town Pasadena, pre-gentrification)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Terried Sake House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      El Encanto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bahooka (not for the food, natch...)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kruang Tedd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bric Montrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grotto di Capri (yeah, the pasta was mediocre, but they did a proper at-your-table Caesar with raw eggs, anchovies, garlic, the works)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Feb 9, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Channeling my wife I'll add the Magic Pan in Beverly Hills in her honor. I liked it, but she loved it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 9, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What's the Magic Pan ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            amylovesla Feb 9, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A (chain) that specialized in crepes. I really liked them as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also- La Masia...a Spanish restaurant that was next to The Troubador.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tootsies, Tarzana...used to get Caesar salad and their popovers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And someone else mentioned Swensen's!! I loved them. Apparently they still have many locations...mostly in other countries but a few here including SFO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelbo Feb 20, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for La Masia. That was a great place

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Green Mar 3, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Swensen's website store locator is pretty much useless. Any idea where _any_ west coast locations are, aside from the original store on Russian Hill in San Francisco? Searching Los Angeles comes up with nothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have fond memories, especially of a flavor called Taffy Apple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kate is always hungry Feb 9, 2014 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, the Magic Pan! I used to go there with my mother. She loved the cheese blintz crepes topped with fresh strawberries and sour cream. My favorite was the ratatouille crepe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sevorg, what was the crepe they served at the Magic Pan with ice cream and chocolate, and I think it had whipped cream??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wienermobile Feb 10, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they served both savory crepes and dessert crepes at the magic pan. One of my favorites was the creamed chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Feb 10, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wish I could recall. My wife always got the dessert crepe that had fresh strawberries in season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    orythedog Feb 10, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Magic Pan had this awesome cheese fritters app with dipping sauce. It was delicious. <sobbing quietly>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      susiequeue Feb 25, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOVED The Magic Pan. There was a savory ham & chesse-style crepe that they called a palascinta (sp?) I think. I really loved it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Steve Green Mar 3, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mmm. Magic Pan. My memory is for the one in San Francisco -- hope that's allowed. :o) Just loved their cheese crepes with mustard sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 9, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and I forgot the Magic Carpet on Pico for melawach, really really really miss that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And does anyone happen to know if they resurfaced anwyereh else ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 9, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shoot, i also forgot to mention that I really really really really really miss:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rubin's Red Hot in Sherman Oaks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The faux pièce of the El train track is still there and there's still a hanging for lease sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always get misty-eyed when I drive by there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kate is always hungry Feb 9, 2014 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I see Rubin's Red Hots almost every day. I always think about the nice man who owned the place. Wish I'd had one last BBQ beef sandwich before it closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is there a chance any one remembers Edna Earle's Fog Cutter on La Brea at Hollywood?? Oh the garlic bread and the menu!! I'll save the part about the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Servorg Feb 10, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never went there but I found an interesting article about Edna and the restaurant here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            carter Feb 10, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I remember its being there, yet while I ate there at least twice, nothing sticks in my memory about the place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kate is always hungry Feb 10, 2014 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of the waitresses told my mom about the Fog Cutter. That became our go-to family celebration restaurant for a for a few years. Too bad I don't remember the garlic bread. Daddy always admonished us not to fill up on bread!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You missed having a cloud of garlic and butter floating on a piece of toasted bread. What a shame. There's not much in the way of garlic bread today that comes close. Do I hear a challenge? The best around today, I suggest, is the Smoke House, and that's a restaurant that's still around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Feb 10, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My favorite by far. Is the garlic cheese bread at Tanas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I repeat. By far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nuff said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jjw Feb 10, 2014 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Egg and the Eye. Wilshire east of Fairfax. I was pretty young when I used to go with my parents...so I'm not sure if it was really that good...but I loved it back then (70's).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                VenusCafe Feb 10, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THe Egg and the Eye was, for me, the start of Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                being a unique foodster haven; hip and trendy was not so big in LA at the time, but this started the ball rolling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChefRoux Feb 10, 2014 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BIt of Sweden in Long Beach, and later in San Diego
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wong's in Westmionster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hong Kong Chop Suey in Long Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eat A Pita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Original Clifton's on Broadway

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clifton's on Broadway was a winner. So many choices and what surroundings. Oh my goodness!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile Feb 10, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clifton's is coming back with some of the original recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hughlipton Feb 10, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When and where?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wienermobile Feb 10, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It it's original Broadway location. 5 million dollar remodel is going on now. Hopefully should be open by the end of this years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ernie Feb 10, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, Bit of Sweden, haven't seen that name in so long. Our family used to frequent the Bit of Sweden Smorgasbord in Alhambra

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maudies5 Feb 10, 2014 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trumps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 10, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can you describe Trumps further ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did te chef pass on a few years ago ??????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      paprkutr Feb 10, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kowloon's on Pico

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mucho gordo Feb 15, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm from a small town in CT. There were no Chinese restaurants back then. I had never had Chinese food until I went to Kowloons. It was truly 'love at first bite' even tho I've had better Chinese food at other places.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        farmertomato Feb 10, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I miss Nickodell. I could go to Musso & Frank, I guess, but it's really not the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I miss Tama Sushi in Studio City. Katsu's place was heavenly, especially when compared to the hell of Nozawa up the street. Katsu moved to Beverly Hills, into the wrong location, and went away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I miss the Skyline Chili that briefly came to Van Nuys Blvd. The late owner of Chili My Soul promised me he would do a Cincinnati chili, but didn't live long enough to make it happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I miss Abiquiu. There's been nothing resembling New Mexican cuisine in LA since it departed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I, too, miss Cassel's burgers, Pinot Bistro and Wiener Factory, like everybody else.But I especially miss Ekberg's Steak House.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wienermobile Feb 10, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cassel's burgers will be retuning this year!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/06/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry Feb 10, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Loved Nickodell! Got to go there one last time before they closed! How did I forget them in my list?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another favorite was the Red Lantern Inn in North Hollywood or, as it is now called, Valley Village.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FranklinJefferson Feb 11, 2014 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ahhh... Abiquiu!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never made it there but had dinner at Bikini (Sedlar's earlier resto in the same location) 5 or 6 times before the earthquake. Fantastic experience every time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clyde Feb 14, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I only went to Tama once and couldn't wait to go back! By the time we were ready to hit it again, it was gone. So sad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yogachik Feb 20, 2014 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, Nidkodell! I used to love that bar, always Adam West at the bar, telling stories (and he's very funny!). Then we'd go to Small's, afterward, for more drinks. I miss Smalls, too

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile Feb 20, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went to Nickodell after I was on Engineer Bill on KHJ-TV across the street. Red Light Green Light….

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foufou Feb 10, 2014 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ships
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Citrus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    M & M;s (Pasadena location)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TravelPath Feb 11, 2014 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would drive a long way for a Ship Shape Burger about now! I miss the old Citrus as well...I have been to Michel's place in D.C. a few times but it is not the same!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also miss Scandia, Chasens, Shanghai Winter Garden, CC Browns...but especially the Cock and Bull on the Sunset Blvd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thor123 Feb 10, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Few more:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mike's Pizza (anyone remember the rolls). Great greasy pepperoni pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Original i & Joy Bagel (best kettle boiled bagels ever).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mandarin Beverly Hills

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ah Fongs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trader Vics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. BubblyOne Feb 10, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can't believe I forgot Bullocks Wilshire tea room.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littlestevie Feb 10, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or the one at the Westwood Bullock's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OscarFox Feb 10, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enoteca Drago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In particular, I miss Garret (now in Hawaii).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OscarFox Feb 15, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And La Terza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Scrapironchef Feb 10, 2014 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Inai's Char Broiler on Centinela near Lincoln. A little coffee shop that served something called a Hawaiian Royale for breakfast - cha siu, portugese sausage, onions and eggs in an open faced omelet over a plate of rice. She made her own Cha siu and a neighbor made the sausage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg Feb 10, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As far as I know Centinela and Lincoln don't cross one another and I don't see any place on Google with that name (Inai or Inai's). Can you give more on the location or is this place spelled differently perhaps?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scrapironchef Feb 11, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brain GPS error, I meant Culver. The place is long gone as the owner died of a brain tumor. It's now a beauty salon - Next to Sakura Restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Feb 11, 2014 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's okay because I was having a total "senor moment" myself forgetting which thread this was (places long gone from the scene) and I was getting all excited by the possibility of the place being near me and it sounded great. Damn!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scrapironchef Feb 11, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You would have liked it, 5 4 seat booths 1 two top and 4 seats at a counter. You parked in back, walked in through the kitchen told the cook what you wanted and grabbed a cup of coffee for yourself. Mostly regulars from the neighborhood nisei/sansei.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 11, 2014 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What was the name of this place ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Scrapironchef Feb 12, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Inai's Teriyaki Char Broiler officially, everybody just called it Inai's. Inai was the Issei woman who owned it but she had grown up in Hawaii IIRC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chuck Feb 10, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to agree with others about Will Wrights and The Wiener Factory. At Will Wrights I would get a sundae with a scoop of regular whipped cream and a scoop of chocolate whipped cream, no sauce. I also miss Moskva Cliffs and near that was a small Italian restaurant called Villa Castriota. It was in what used to be a small house. The lights would dim often during dinner. They lost that location and moved to Tarzana but that location didn't last long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                carter Feb 10, 2014 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perroche in Studio City, subsequently home to Emmanuel, an American Bistro, Trattoria Frascati, Angelino, then Outtake Bistro, and now home to La Ventura, a Mexican place.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perroche was still the best of a wide variety of concepts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Too bad Grady and Stuart could not get along. Both knew so much about how to operate their portion of the house - Grady in the kitchen and Stuart as FOH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And of course, Max in Sherman Oaks, now home to Brats Bros. Max was soooo good, and every night was an adventure in new flavors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cdub Feb 28, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  max was great. i really do miss that place too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the weiner factory as well. i'm still mad at pinkberry for forcing them out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 28, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah and pink berry never even showed up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Steve2 in LA Feb 10, 2014 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Weiner Factory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mucho gordo Feb 28, 2014 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK, folks.Let's see if we can get this straightened out:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's "WIENER" (WEE-NER), not "WEINER (WHY-NER). My name is Weiner, I don't make hot dogs and I'm not 'whining' about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thor123 Feb 11, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a dive sub shop on Arbervitta on the way to the Fourm in the 70s that made unreal meatball subs. Anyone know what I am talking about?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 11, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds beyond exceptional.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      carter Feb 11, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Julie's by USC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Feb 11, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What was Julie's all about ?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hughlipton Feb 11, 2014 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just remember that there was a pool patio in the center of the restaurant and that it was the first time I ever saw ice in a men's urinal. That was in 1968. I also remember the coach of the Rams used to meet there with the team and go over plays over a drink or two back in the 60s. The food in todays lingo was bar/pub with hamburgers being the center of attraction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            carter Feb 12, 2014 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, before or after an SC game, and to a lesser extent a ucla game, at the Coliseum, the place was jamming with fans. Booze was its raison d'etre on those days, and to a lesser extent on all other days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But as Hugh stated, burgers were a focus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But if you went to SC and wanted to meet friends for dinner or a drink after work, then it was always high on the list of places to go.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, a few others back then, but Julie's was the top choice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Think of it as a college restaurant/bar, just like you might find in places like Columbus,Ohio or Ann Arbor, Michigan, just sporting a different color scheme!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Feb 12, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Damn, it would have been great to go there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          plasticanimal Feb 12, 2014 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dumb Starbucks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            aliris Feb 12, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was a place in Palms on Overland called "Metropolis" I think, in the mid 90's ... :( I may have been the only one who liked it, but I *really* liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Feb 12, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please describe Metropolis further.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Servorg Feb 12, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phone booths on every street corner for quick clothes changes...The Daily Planet newspaper and some guy in tights with a red cape leaping over tall buildings in a single bound.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Feb 12, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's pretty cool.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scrapironchef Feb 12, 2014 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And the most underachieving police force on the planet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bradbury Feb 12, 2014 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny, there was also a place called Metropolis in Irvine in the mid-90s (complete with Art-Nouveau Parisian metro entrance facade), and I think I might have been the only one who liked it ... probably because I was so much younger then, and it was the only nightclub that actually had a decent sushi bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  josephnl Feb 12, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love wonderful Scandinavian food, and no place did it better than did Scandia in the '70s and '80s in its heyday. It slipped quite a bit shortly before it closed, but in its prime, it was spectacular!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gustav Anders was a terrific Swedish restaurant in OC (although not in a league with Scandia). Sadly it is also gone for many years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I miss these places so very much, not only because they were excellent restaurants, but also there are currently no Scandinavian restaurants (that I know of) in southern CA. Please don't tell me to go to Ikea!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maudies5 Feb 12, 2014 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The reason Scandia slipped was entirely due to the death of Kenneth Hansen. He was the owner and a man of impeccable integrity and manners. He was legendary not only for his wonderful food but for the kind way he treated his employees. Robert Petersen could never replicate Mr. Hansens vision

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    arancini Feb 12, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chez Puce closed many years ago after a fire, but I still long for her simple mozzarella and butter crepes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also miss the skinless, boneless fried chicken with corn pudding at Gilliland's and wish Gerry would offer it at Finn McCool's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And greatly miss Orleans for great Cajun on the westside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      VenusCafe Mar 3, 2014 10:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OMG, Chez Puce!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember Puce coming out from behind her stove to confront me b/c I asked the waitress why the mushrooms were NOT fresh, as stated on the menu, but were obviously canned. It was either an omlet or a crepe. Canned button mushrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 12, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I miss Maurice's Snack n Chat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone happen to know if she is still alive and kicking ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. wienermobile Feb 12, 2014 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        add Barney Greengrass to this list…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From LA Eater "Barney Greengrass, the expensive Jewish deli/cafe on the fifth floor of Barneys in Beverly Hills, in now functioning as Barneys New York Restaurant with a reworked bill of fare. The Hollywood Reporter says that come May the eatery popular with deep-pocketed deal-makers will shutter for a three month facelift and relaunch as Fred's, the New American restaurant"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 12, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No great loss there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That joint was super pricy to me at least, and just not worth. A couple mingy slices of smoked salmon, a subpar bagel, and some nondescript cream cheese for the sum of $40 ??????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No thank you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Servorg Feb 12, 2014 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am in total agreement. Their sandwiches didn't even rise to level of meh...way over priced for something that would have any aficionado of Bay Cities laughing like crazed Hyenas in total derision when they saw what they had been served at Barney's...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VenusCafe Feb 14, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately you both must have missed their distinquished array of smoked fish. EXCELLENT answer to the Godmother on bad bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bay Cities? Waaaaay overpraised.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. JAB Feb 13, 2014 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Georgio's for Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches in Aliso Viejo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Feb 13, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is it still around ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, I want to hit it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought it closed years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Feb 13, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My bad forgot what thread this was.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              martan Feb 13, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              La Toque
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Le Dome
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ma Maison
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trumps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Au Petit Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Lipp (Fred Eric's place on Melrose)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Au Petit Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kathy Gallagher's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fenix (on Beverly Drive)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shin (on Hillhurst)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vida Hymie's Fish Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ritz Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Orleans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Windsor (and the similar place across the street0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rex Il Ristorante
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chianti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Central Park (in Brentwood)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rangoon Racquet Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Ginger Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7th Street Bistro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Palete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ports

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please describe the Lipp and Kathy Gallaghr's further.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  martan Feb 13, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Lipp was on Melrose in a bistro setting with clever takes (kind of an homage) on brasserie food. It was prior to Fred Eric opening Vida on Hillhurst. Great place, great food, great prices, short longevity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kathy Gallagher's was on Third just east of Robertson and it was an airy place with light wood floors and "California cuisine" before it was clichéd. Great ambience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maudies5 Feb 13, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agree about La Toque, Trumps and Chianti. All great restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TruJavaLvr Feb 15, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Absolutely, La Toque. Still go to the one in Napa, but the one on Sunset was great. Ken Frank would turn up the Clapton while cooking the themed late night dinners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      maudies5 Feb 15, 2014 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First one to serve all truffle dinners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TruJavaLvr Feb 15, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes!! And his all garlic dinner was amazing too! Always liked the way he prepared duck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile Feb 14, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boy did I love Carol O'Connor's The Ginger Man in Beverly Hills. I will never forget the day that Harvey Lembeck introduced me to Jack Lemmon and even after Harvey left Jack stayed and told me stories for 5 straight hours. One of my favorite days ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      VenusCafe Feb 14, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great place! Great story!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Feb 14, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That reminds me that I forgot that I really missed Manny's Bistro in Westwood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now that's a long gone beauty:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/the-wi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ozhead Feb 15, 2014 12:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Norm's at Lincoln and Colorado in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wkstat Feb 15, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zucky's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VenusCafe Feb 19, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Altho I really miss Zucky's, i never thought to claim it in this thread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was so fabulous at a time when SM was just a sleepy village.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We used to stumble in late, late at night/early AM, and just have the most hilarious experiences with our group and fellow Zuckites!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We always had a ball at Zucky's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              malibumike Feb 19, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Venus, one night in Zucky's I saw a guy really shaking up a ketchup bottle and it went all over the guy in the booth behind him, they almost got in a fist fight. Another I saw Haystaks Calhoon(wrestler from the 60's, huge guy) ordered a very large plate of sandwiches and as the waItress brought them on a tray he was grabbing them off with both hands and shoved them in his mouth, haha quite a place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. honkman Feb 15, 2014 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bistro LQ, the best restaurant we had in LA. The pop ups are nice but nothing compared to the extended tasting menus we had so often at Bistro LQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know some of these have already been mentioned but, I miss them also.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cafe Sabra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 Seas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fogcutter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nickodell's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kowloons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gen'l Lee's Man Jen Low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Madam Wu's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Josephina's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lum's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelbos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fish Shanty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lobster Barrel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              El Gato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mel's Landing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Papa Choux
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dublin's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Portofino Room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Uncle John's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Moskva Cliff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lou Silvers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah Fong's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Moongate Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smokey Joe's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ollie Hammonds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Andre's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hungry Tiger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's a few more but these are the ones I really miss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                maudies5 Feb 15, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Matador on Pico in W.L.A. Bill Fremont was a great host, cut from the same cloth as Kenneth Hansen from Scandia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Matador was the first place I tasted Paella. Their Hemingway steak was marvelous (I have searched for years for that recipe) and the Flamenco guitarist/singer was fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thor123 Feb 15, 2014 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How about the original Sushi House on Pico and Bundy in the late 70s. The chef was blasting Bob Marley doing lines behind the counter and somehow managing to produce what seemed at the time to be decent sushi. Anyone remember?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Feb 15, 2014 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it gone? http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-house-los-angeles#query:pico%20sushi%20house

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=12013+...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thor123 Feb 15, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought it had new ownership since then and for sure a different chef (who really set the vibe in the day). Apparently, they still do Marley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. Feb 15, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Confirming the Marley. Also confirming that the sushi currently being served there is still what was thought to be decent in the 70s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oy vey. That's what I sometimes experience in my neverending quest for the next neighborhood gem...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 16, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I doubt they are doing lines, or maybe not !??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      susiequeue Feb 15, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone remember a restaurant on Pico (mid-town-ish, not Santa Monica and not downtown). I feel like it had a name that was also its address (but it was NOT 1 Pico!) We used to go there in the '80s and I always ordered some veal dish that I thought was amazing. I was very young then -- okay, in my 20s! For all I know now, it could have been veal marsala. AND we used to go watch my friend's then-husband play banjo there. (He was well-known among banjo junkies! He was very good...) Any ideas? I really loved it there. Sigh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        susiequeue Feb 15, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember going to Le Restaurant in the 70s. (Now that's a space that has seen its share of famous restaurants!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had no idea how fancy the place was. My "best friend" from my summer job(Donna) invited me to go there with her visiting father. That visitor turned out to be a very famous ad man, Jerry Della Femina. (Some people say that "Mad Men" was based on Della Femina's adventures.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What I remember about the dinner include: There was a dish of various single cigarettes in the center of the table, like where a Lazy Susan would be. (Boy, I was just in awe! How unbelievable now!) 2) Jerry Della Femina had just "written" the Meow mix song and sang it for us. 3) He also asked me if I thought Jack in the Box is better or tackier for being open 24 hours a day. (I voted tackier. The subsequent commercials touted it as a good thing.) 4) When I told my mother about my dinner, she nearly fell off her chair (impressed by both the restaurant and the company) and asked me what I wore. I answered, "A shift and thongs." If you are my age, you know what both of those are. Note: the thongs were foot ware!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was a wonderful night!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yogachik Feb 20, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          love this story!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            susiequeue Feb 23, 2014 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you, Yoga! I'll never forget it! Ahh youth!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MarkC Feb 16, 2014 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I was a kid there was a place we used to eat at that was, believe it or not, on the site of the Beverly Center, before it existed. Back then, it was a dirt lot, with a place for pony rides. The restaurant was called Crosby's, and they served pizza and barbecued sandwiches. God, I loved that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In Westwood Village -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mario's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Woody's (forerunner of Hampton's - with it's condiment buffet. You could get chopped peanuts on your burger!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mucho gordo Feb 16, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was that where Smokey Joe's was?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kate is always hungry Feb 16, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There was a Smokey Joe's on Riverside just east of Coldwater. It was there for many years. Was there another Smokey Joe's?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mucho gordo Feb 16, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, s/w corner of Beverly Blvd/La Cienega back in the 60's before the center was built when it was still Beverly Park and had pony rides.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MarkC Feb 16, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't know about Smokey Joe's. The place was definitely called Crosby's. It is etched on my heart. I'm probably the only person in the universe who remembers it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mucho gordo Feb 16, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If it was right on the s/w corner of Beverly/La Cienega, it was Smokey Joe's in the 60's when I first went there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MarkC Feb 16, 2014 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was there in the seventies. Maybe it was Smokey Joe's before that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wienermobile Feb 16, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes you are correct.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mucho gordo Feb 17, 2014 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It couldn't have been Crosby's for very long. Didn't they start building the Beverly Center around then?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                littlestevie Feb 16, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                while not the greatest deli, I do miss Junior's. It really filled a niche in that area. I like Nate n' Al's better but the parking is always a PIA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Feb 16, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lenny's http://www.lensdeli.com/ is really Junior's reincarnated and the good thing is they've improved a little bit on Junior's food. They even have many of the same servers and other staff. We try to always sit in John's section. Great guy. From Australia and with some great stories about growing up in the Greek community there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wienermobile Feb 16, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree that Lenny's is even better than Junior's was in it's last few years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thor123 Feb 16, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone remember Frascati. I think it was just west of BH. Great delicate pizza a long time ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maudies5 Feb 16, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frascati is the first place I had escargots and first place I had a Monte Christo sandwich. I remember locations on Wilshire in BH and also Santa Monica. There was also a Frascati across from Scandia, but I never went to that one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thor123 Feb 16, 2014 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ever have the pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        maudies5 Feb 16, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never had the pizza. Have sweet memories of my first escargot experience. I was quite young and my date was a few years older and very sophisticated. He explained the whole escargot eating technique. I was terrified that I was going to send one of those snails flying across the room. I did just fine. BTW, I married the guy.:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 16, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Btw. I married the guy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great story.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      maudies5 Feb 17, 2014 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trivia time: Madame Wu's replaced Frascati at the Santa Monica location, 23rd and Wilshire.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ogawak Feb 16, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chez Sateau and Bakery in Arcadia. Chef Ryo Sato was one of the first great fusion chefs in LA starting out at the late great Francois in Downtown. He brought great french cuisine to Arcadia. But his cakes and desserts were unbeatable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just before he retired, he had some great prix fixe menus at $30 or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moivy Feb 16, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Little London in Alhambra, simple food but amazing flavor. Algemac's in Glendale, a great diner. Simla Pinks in Rosemead, really good Indian food. Spike's Teriyaki in San Gabriel, really good Japanese grill. Heavy Noodling in Monterey Park, First place I had beef noodle soup with hand cut noodles. So many others, especially if you eat in San Gabriel valley where the turnover is almost monthly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          maudies5 Feb 16, 2014 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          La Scala and La Scala Boutique. Boutique was on the corner of Little Santa Monica and Rodeo and Tibor was the great maitre'd. Jean Leon was really a visionary in that , as I recall, he was the first to have a boutique, casual restaurant next to his more formal one. Loved both. La Scala was very romantic. The Boutique was a great lunch spot. Across the street was Au Petit Jean, his little French bistro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yogachik Feb 20, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And Valentina was the hostess, she always great me with a big huge hug (I was a little girl).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jean was part of a group of waiters and busboys who started out at the Villa Capri, which included Dan Tana, Joe Pati (I miss La Famiglia), Matty (of Matteo's) and others. My dad would post in this thread that he really, really, really, misses the Villa Capri

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            maudies5 Feb 17, 2014 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We used to love taking out of town guests to Yamato at the Century Plaza Hotel. We also would occasionally dine with a celebrity who wished to have some privacy. Those little rooms were perfect for that. Don't remember much about the food, but sitting on the floor with our feet under the table was quite the novelty at the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thor123 Feb 20, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yamato was great! Forgot about that. As a kid used to love sitting on the floor in those private rooms. Really unique.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two more just came to mind:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Garden Grill, the teppanyaki specialist restaurant in the old New Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, how could I ever forget the GREAT Spanish restaurant Montefrio de Madrid in Burbank?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Feb 18, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, I remember Larry Lipson glowingly praised Montefrio de Madrid years ago in the LA Daily News, especially in regards to the textbook-perfect paella.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think he retired a few years back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Feb 18, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JL, what about Cafe N' awlins in Burbank for Cajun-Creole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Truly exceptional stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ogawak Feb 17, 2014 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1000 Cranes in the Hotel Otani.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beijing Pie House. Too soon?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 18, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did it just close like a couple months ago ??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JAB Feb 18, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Back open per Bob Brooks. All is well in the world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moivy Feb 18, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope it isn't closed. I love that place. Maybe they were on vacation.. I'll have to check that out personally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB Feb 18, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If this is in reference to Beijing Pie House, they definitely were closed due to someone running their car into their building from late December until ....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Moivy Feb 18, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, the danger of being the front store of a mini mall in Monterey Park.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 19, 2014 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is Johnnie's Shrimp Boat still around ????????????????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wienermobile Feb 19, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/johnnys-shrim...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Feb 19, 2014 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              worth the proverbial try ????????????????????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Servorg Feb 19, 2014 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And also http://www.johnnysshrimpboat.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Feb 19, 2014 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks buddy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your research skills our second to none.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Feb 19, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, it's extremely difficult and highly technical to type "Johnnie's Shrimp Boat Los Angeles" into Google. If it wasn't for my superior intellect I don't know what I'd do when it comes to Googling places like this...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Feb 19, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some of us are missing a few tools in the shed if you catch my drift.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, well. Life is unfair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why do only the smart peoples have good Googling skills ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And so it goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      anyhows, your researching skills are greatly appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Feb 19, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some seem to not have a shed, much less any tools in it...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Feb 19, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          some people write in their sheds and do other things in there so perhaps tools are not necessary ????????????????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          good point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ThatPat Feb 19, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone mentioned Mako yet? The one on Beverly Drive? I also miss Orris, which was really good and such a good deal for the quality for a long time (on Sawtelle).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Feb 19, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I really do miss Mako.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  J.L. Feb 19, 2014 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mako was already mentioned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Feb 19, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    whole lobster in saffron-coconut-curry sauce is all i gotta say.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  farmertomato Feb 19, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just remember Casa Cugat, Xavier Cugat's place on La Cienega. Pretty tasty, as I remember it. Cugie was in the building the night we were there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kelbo Feb 19, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New to this thread and don't do this much, but.....Whaaaat?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did I miss someone mention Dolores' drive in on Wilshire?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TruJavaLvr Feb 19, 2014 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      omg, Dolores' ! Yes! But wasn't it on Santa Monica Blvd? Or where the two or more?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kelbo Feb 19, 2014 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, It ended up on Santa Monica Blvd, but I'm referring to 50's :( Think American Grafitti, or Grease. Doloroes' took the Santa Monica space when Sheri's went out, a 50s Googie type place from the Norm's etc period.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thor123 Feb 20, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They had pretty good pie as I recall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        susiequeue Feb 23, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't thought of Dolores's in decades. I loved the burger that had something like a caesar salad on it!

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