About This Site

This site is about old, mostly-defunct dining establishments in or around the City of Los Angeles.  I set it up in 2012 and the premise then was that it would feature little articles and artifacts about restaurants where I, a lifelong resident of L.A., remembered dining.

It was not intended to be about restaurants that you went to because, among other reasons, I had no memories or observations to share about them.  Some folks either didn’t read the page where I explained that, didn’t grasp the concept or didn’t care.  Every week or so, I receive at least one vituperative e-mail from someone who is livid that I’ve omitted some favorite eatery from their past.  Some act like I made a grievous factual error; like I’d set up a blog about everyone who was ever pitched for the Dodgers and been such a lunkhead that I’d left out Sandy Koufax.  Others respond like I’ve trashed their mothers by deliberately slighting a piece of their childhood.

So I’ve set up a forum called Your Memories.  It’s a place where you can write about restaurants you recall or ask questions about them.  Post them there.  If a good thread gets going about some restaurant, I may move the posts about it to a separate thread devoted to that eating spot.

Also: I occasionally get messages from the owners (or fans of) places that are or were currently open, objecting to their non-inclusion.  The heading on every page clearly says the site is about places that ain’t there no more but that seems to not matter to some.  The proprietor of one chain that’s still in operation was particularly irate that her restaurants weren’t included. Since then, several of her outlets have closed so it looks like she’ll get in here soon.

I’d rather you didn’t write about restaurants that are still in business.  There are plenty of sites about those places, including Yelp and Chowhound where you can argue ’til the Original Pantry closes about where to get the best pizza or burger.  I may delete message threads about the current dining scene.

Also, be patient if your write a comment and it doesn’t appear for a day or so.  This site gets “spammed” all the time.  Each day, I receive 100+ phony comments from non-existent people who plug online businesses and I have to separate the real posts from the robotic ads.  That’s why comments must be approved before they can read by anyone who comes here.  But we really do welcome your contributions.

You can reach me at me@oldlarestaurants.com. And you might want to drop by my main blog, newsfromme.com.  It’s about comic books and TV and politics and writing and cartoons and whatever pops into my mind when I should be working.

— Mark Evanier

203 Responses to About This Site

  • AB says:

    Kathy Barber, I believe the name of the deep dish pizza place was maybe Numero Uno’s?

  • Elaine Lee says:

    Yes, I fondly remember Rudy’s Italian restaurant in the Crenshaw District.
    We lived off of Santa Barbara & 5th Avenue back in the early to mid 60’s. My father took us on his day off when he could to have dinner. It was such a big deal back then I was 6 years old. I remember the Anti pasta plate, a small plate of their famous spaghetti with meat sauce and then, if my memory serves me right, a tasty serving of prime rib. This was where I had my first – Shirley Temple. So delicious! Service was everything. Nothing like it today. Those definitely were the good ole days!

  • DAN Larson says:

    When I was in Downtown LA a Friend turned me on to Vickermans Deli. The place was frozen in time and the best food. The best mazo ball soup and the bread pudding. It had picnic benches and big open dining space. It been gone for a long time. Another of LA lost treasures.

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