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

107 Responses to About This Site

  • John Hindsill says:

    Papa D’Carlos sounds a lot like a restaurant in Tarzana back in the mid-’70s, Koolibah (my spelling may be off). Like Papa’s reservations were required months in advance, there was no menu so you took yer chances. When you arrived you were offered three entree choices, with appropriate wine, and palate clearing sorbet between courses. If there were leftovers of any entree, they would be offered to guests as an extra treat. At the end of the meal the owner/chef would invite a couple of couples to visit the cleaned up kitchen. We were invited so once.

  • Dennis says:

    Barbara, Papa D’Carlos on the edge of Watts. Reservations required weeks or months ahead. Many courses. No menu. Whatever Papa wanted to cook that night. Intermission between couses with belt exerciser.

  • Gwenn J says:

    Diamond Jim’s across from MacArthur Park.
    Anyone know the recipe for the house dressing?
    Thanks

  • Johnny Cee says:

    A New Orleans style resto. On South Robertson I think
    maybe called Homer & Eddies or something
    like that. I used to play piano there

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Yo Lamonte…am not “Bud”, but curious: What are “….booths set up kinda like the 1950s style???” ? Was it half circles with/without tufting, e.g. http://tinyurl.com/y7renrlk or just plain old “bench” style booths http://tinyurl.com/ycuojw2k like in a car from back in the day that didn’t have those ‘birth control’ consoles? Elsewise and sorry, don’t remember the Bev Dr. place.

  • Lamonte Brooks says:

    Hey bud,
    Hope you’re well.trying to remember a fantastic diner/restaurant that was on Beverly dr.all the music groups would eat there since it was it was and after hours place and a lot of the meals on the menu were named after the famous people that went there???had booths set up kinda like the 1950s style?????

  • Barbara says:

    Does anyone remember Papa de Carlos. Went with a group when I was first married 60+ years ago.

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