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

219 Responses to About This Site

  • Sally Dee says:

    I am trying to remember the name of a Mexican restaurant in Westwood, open in the 80’s. It was on the second floor of some building, not on Westwood Blvd.

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

    For all and Leeland, lest unknown, the LA has a menu collection https://tinyurl.com/tyk5klu Unfortunately, Duke’s isn’t there. (Presumptively, Google Search has been used.)
    “Chow!” as we Non-Italians might say.

  • Leeland Avedon says:

    Great site! Curious if there was ever a response to Jerry Mezerow’s question about Duke’s Coffee Shop menus? Looking for reference for what they looked like between 1970-1973. Any images would be very helpful! Thank you!

  • Peter McAndrews says:

    Rudy’s Italian Inn was opened with a loan from my Grandfather. Rudy’s Mom sat in the kitchen and handled the cash for the servers; she was a tough one.

  • Dale Miller says:

    I liked the Kosher Burrito on 1st street. I’d get a double pig which was great. Also back about 40 years or so was Fat Jacks on Ventura Blvd. Their T-shirts said, Fat Jacks. If you can’t eat it. Beat it.

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

    Hey Robert…perhaps you may still be de-ethonolizing from your Scorpion Bowl as you missed there’s a Kelbo’s herein http://oldlarestaurants.com/kelbos/ where you might run into an old buddy!!! Ke aloha! https://tinyurl.com/jptu77z

  • robert cronyn says:

    I remembered another great gem. It was a Hawaiian themed restaurant on Pico in West L.A. I think it was called Kelbo’s. I once got so drunk there when I drank a scorpion bowl for 4 by myself. Lol. I had to call my girlfriend to pick me up.

  • robert cronyn says:

    So many great restaurants have closed during my lifetime, but my favorites that closed are:

    The Cock and Bull. It was on Sunset. Best sliced meats like Prime Rib, Turkey, Filet Mignon, Etc.

    Two Guys from Italy in Hollywood: Great Italian Food. Everyone received a free tray of vegetables. Great desert tray came by, yum!!

    Best Pizza restaurant: was on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. I unfortunately don’t remember the name of this restaurant.

  • Keith says:

    There was a Cajun/Louisiana style place on Pico just east of Beverly. Had white/black tile floor. This was mid-late 1980’s. Cannot recall the name. Please help

  • John Hindsill says:

    At my local branch library, new book section: I cam across this of interest to us-To Live and Dine in L.A. by Josh Kun. This is a tabletop book with lots of pictures, text and menus from early restaurants, the famous, the quaint, from nightclubs to coffee shops. I glanced through it for about ten minutes, and remember many of these from my childhood. Look for it at your library.

  • Shannon Morris says:

    I loved that breakfast restaurant in downtown LA in the eighties, I think it had a Russian name. Do you remember?

  • Larry B says:

    Now you can save your stories of old LA restuarants at the map locations where they happened. Only at lyfmap.com

  • J Barry says:

    We loved a Pasadena seafood restaurant in the 70s and 80s. Very popular and famous for sand dabs and Cobb salad. Can’t remember the name.

  • Cynthia Goss says:

    We’re looking for a cafeteria that was in North Hollywood in the 90’s, closed now, not Schaber’s. Retired shoebiz went there, they would sometimes get up and do a dance or sing, vaudevillian almost. It’s been closed for a long time.


  • jerry mezerow says:

    Mark- I remember you from the San Diego Comic Con, I am looking for menu’s from old restaurants, Gingerman owned by Carroll o’Conner, Slate Bros. Thunder Roadhouse owned by Dennis Hopper, Interlude, Bistro, Duke’s Coffee Shop, Jan’s Coffee Shop, Pick’s Restaurant. Would appreciate if you could help me. Thanks, Jerry

  • Randy Moffatt says:

    Anyone remember Eckbergs Steakhouse on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills? Very popular in 60’s and 70’s. Only 10 tables. Owner cooked, wife waited on tables. He had an amazing bell collection and if you played “I’m Looking Over a 4 Leaf Clover” on the juke box he would come out and play the bells. They were real characters, but you couldn’t beat the steaks.

  • 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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