Woody’s Gallery

Much of this weblog has been joyously devoted to one of my favorite now-defunct places to eat…Woody’s Smorgasburger.  Many former employees have chimed in to create a weblogged history of the chain, and the most vocal and interesting has been Phil Ankofski.  Recently, Phil sent me some photos of a diorama he has lovingly built of the Woody’s I most often frequented, the one in Culver City.  I’ll be posting Phil’s photos here along with some other pics he’s contributed, and I’m sure he’ll be along to offer commentary.  Please join in.  Here’s the first pic he sent of his remarkable reconstruction…

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155 Responses to Woody’s Gallery

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    For Pat Wilbur,

    Great news on the forthcoming postings. In the meantime, can you tell us anything about Mr. Woods ” Fiskehaus ” which was his seafood restaurant within walking distance of your # 4 which fronted on Figueroa as well ?
    It had a short life in the very early 60’s.

    Bob of NM should be able to advise you on the photo work. He has offered much of that kind of work here on these sites with jobs well done.

    For all; Oliver’s Café was the last operating restaurant to use the original Woody’s SmorgasBurger structure and foundation at the Redondo site.
    When city council approved the Rock and Brew, the bulldozers moved in.
    ‘ Near The Border ‘ may have been the name for Mr. Woods Mexican venue.
    This NOT gospel.
    Phil

  • Pat Wilbur says:

    I began working at Woody’s #4 in August 1960. John Rudberg was the Manager. Dave Miller and Dave Kemp were the day and night supervisors and I worked mostly the night shift at that time.

    In January 1962, I was transferred to Culver City to be the day supervisor. Then in February 1962, I was brought back to #4 as night supervisor.

    In the Fall of 1962, my sister, a freshman at St. Vincent College of Nursing, brought her roommate Suzane in to Woody’s for lunch. Suzane and I celebrated our 48th anniversary this month.

    At some point in late 1962 or early 1963, IHOP purchased a franchise from Woody, and opened 12 Woody’s Smorgasburgers under IHOP ownership. I was sent to the first store opening in East LA as lead supervisor to help them get started. I never saw so much business–non-stop from the opening of the doors to the closing of the doors each day. Shortly thereafter, a second store was opened in Burbank with the same result–a booming business. Interestingly enough, as quickly as they opened stores, they closed them because their business style did not mesh with Woody’s formula. They converted every one of those 12 stores to an IHOP within 12 months.

    I was sent to Gardena in the Spring of 1963 as the Manager of #3. I took the restaurant out of the red and into the black within 3 or 4 months. The staff were really a great bunch of guys to work with.

    In the early Fall of 1963, I was transferred to # 2 with the hope that the same thing would occur, and it did. Again, a great bunch of guys to work with.

    In early 1964, I was transferred to #4 as the Manager. On May 15, 1964, I left to enter basic training in the Army. I returned to Woody’s in November, 1964, and remained as Manager until the end of May 1965, when I went into the insurance business.

    This is the best that I can do with the memory I have! If anyone has anything to add or subtract, feel free to do so.

    More stories to come….

  • Larry3500 says:

    Having visited several Woody’s locations over the years, I wanted to share one particular recollection. At all other Woody’s locations the menu included the Smorgas-burger; however, at the location near UCLA it was the Bruin-Burger, and at the location near USC it was the Trojan-Burger. It’s as though they actually understood Marketing 50 years ago.

  • Pat Wilbur says:

    I am putting together a chronology of my experiences with Woody’s, since I worked for Woody from August of 1960 until the end of May, 1965. During that time I worked at several of the restaurants. I am trying to upload a picture taken possibly early 1962. Can anyone tell me how to do this so that everyone can see some of the Woody’s #4 employees?

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    This note is for those of you who are only familiar with this Woody’s Gallery
    site, and have not come across the others.
    I just posted a comment regarding Mr. Ralph Wood and his Risty restaurant.
    Please take a jump over to the Woody’s SmorgasBurger III site and have a
    “look see “.
    Phil

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    An additional comment regarding the Woody’s Figueroa Street store;
    On the combined Woody’s sites, we are approaching 650 comments but are severely under represented from employees and patrons of this store near USC. Most of our comments have been about the three stores on Sepulveda
    Blvd. so it will be a most welcome treat to learn of stories and issues from the famous # 4 unit.

    I would like to ask Pat Wilbur to return often and be the ” spark plug ”
    by sharing some narratives with us. Hopefully others will be inspired to join in as well.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.
    Phil

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    This passing month of September has been significant for these Woody’s sites. First, Jerry Walter from Culver City found this site and now Pat Wilbur
    has joined us. Plus, Laura De Marco shared a nice quip with us. A very enthusiastic welcome to all newcomers.

    Remembering Woody’s #4 with Pat;
    I myself was never in the store, but was well aware of it’s existence.
    Of all the names Pat listed, I am familiar with Ron Blasio and the GM.
    Ron was known by many because he had managed three separate Woody’s locations within six years. When Ron separated from Woody’s in 1969 he joined A & W as manager of their new Santa Monica store.

    I can add two additional names to the employees list; Wally Roga , and Ben Vega.Wally and Ron Blasio first worked together at Culver City. They both liked one another very much. When Ron was transferred to #4, he would call upon Wally to come and help out during vacations or other emergency type vacancies in the regular team lineup.
    Wally separated from Woody’s in 1966 and made his career as a new car sales manager in Southern Cal. area.

    Ben Vega put in his time as a lineman and worked his way up to manager
    around 1967. I knew Ben only from our interaction at the monthly managers meetings. In 1969, I saw Ben in a Santa Barbara restaurant and he informed me that he and his wife were then running an Avon distributorship in LA.

    Question for Pat Wilbur or others :
    I never understood why it was necessary to have the Woody’s GM on duty for lunch at the #4 store every weekday. No matter how busy the unit was with the USC crowd , a well trained line staff should have been able to give excellent service without the GM on hand.
    So, I now wonder if the USC crowd needed supervision in the dining room
    after leaving the condiment bars and sundae bars. I have heard and read
    how the college guys built $5.00 sundaes for .49 cents.

    Back to the #4 lineup question; when Ron B. and the general manager were working together, who worked which position ?

    Here’s hoping Pat W. and Jerry W. will return often. Laura D. too !
    Phil

  • Pat Wilbur says:

    Remembering Woody’s #4. Ron Blasio, John Rudberg, and many others. Anyone out there from #4, August 1960 thru May 1965?

    Armando Gonzales, MikeWilbur, Leon Wright, Jack Hempsing, Bob Kane, Dave Miller, Dave Kemp, and many more.

    Pat Wilbur

  • Paul Ratkovich says:

    Does anyone have the recipe for Woody’s salad dressing that had Lawry’s seasoned salt as one of the ingredients? I’ve never had anything like it anywhere else!

  • Laura De Marco says:

    This is too cool…I was raised right near Woody’s in El Segundo and my dad retired from S.E. Rykoff…2 great memories in one!

  • Phil A. says:

    Hello Jerry,

    Finding your name on this site is a long time dream come true.
    I have been trying to locate you since the development of the ” people search”
    sites. I even tried going thru the USAF.

    I hope you enjoy typing because there is so much I want to learn from you.
    Oh, happy day !

    Phil [email protected]

  • Jerry Walter says:

    Nice visiting. I worked at Woody’s Smorgasburger in Culver City from 1964-1967. If Phil Ankofski reads this, email me.

  • chrisp says:

    The guy looking thru the grill glass in the second picture looks like Henry Kissinger when he was much younger lol.
    Phil, you’ve hardly changed, just kidding.
    Looking at the second picture again I noticed the spatulas. Did you know they were custom made by Meadow’s Sheet Metal in Culver City. They made them with a longer blade, what they didn’t do was make a longer handle.
    That would have helped to not scorch your arm during rush periods. I eventually had them made with longer handles, helped a lot.
    We used meat with a fat content of 18% TO 20% from Patman Meat Company. Mr. Wood had a special recipe for the patties. I used to have that but it has long since disappeared.
    I did notice in the first picture that there was some sort of bun on the dinner plate. I can not recall what we served, does anybody remember. I’m sure it came from Barbara Ann, though.
    Anyway, have a nice day.
    Chrisp

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

    Really great pics Phil!!! Good lookin Dude! I still have a couple of string ties. Alas…sadly, no linemen in lederhosen, feathered fedora!

  • Phil A. says:

    For the days of Woody’s SmorgasBurger (Redondo ) and yellow shirts.

    Good morning Readers,
    Now you have a face to match with the words.
    These photos are circa 1968. I am featured in my white shirt and tie while Randy Wilson is wearing the coveted yellow shirt.

    When a supervisor/ assistant manager slot opened up, the new candidate
    was confirmed with his yellow shirt which was now worn on all of his shifts.
    This was very big stuff for a 18 or 19 year old on his first job.

    The color photo shows me serving up two chicken dinners with huge dinner rolls. I had forgotten the chicken dinners featured their own specialized roll.
    In the earliest days at Redondo, the chicken pieces were broiled right on the grill grate along with the Smorgies like El Pollo Loco does today.
    When all the stores changed out from the real charcoal broiler, Redondo then installed a small ” broasting ” unit which used hot oil under pressure.

    As for Randy, he was a great employee / coworker. I hope he is enjoying a good life with his family and friends … wherever he may be.

    The BW photo shows a corner of the chocolate Alpine Malt machine.
    As you can see, my sleeves are rolled up as I found it necessary to work the grill. Ralph Wood did not like to see his managers working the grill.
    As a matter of in store policy, he wanted them at the cash register.
    Of course Mr. Wood knew there would be exceptions, like your grill man punching in late.

    In both photos you can see a corner of the massive ventilation hood that was required at the Woody’s stores. I did not experience any grease or fire episodes at Redondo like we had at Culver City. Thank the Lord.

    The photos and this narrative pretty much wraps up my contribution to the newer ” Woody’s Gallery “.
    I have had a lot of fun, plus I was able to help preserve and enhance the legacy of Woody’s SmorgasBurger, Inc.
    For whatever reasons, that’s important to me.

    All my best to all,
    Phil Ankofski

  • The Management says:

    Here are the last two photos I got from Phil…

  • Phil A. says:

    Good morning Chris and all Readers,

    I am wondering if the word ” buttermilk ” was a misstep because I do not remember it. Perhaps Edgemar Farms was supplying the hard ice cream that was used for the root beer floats ?
    Phil

  • chrisp says:

    Phil, I believe we got chocolate soft serve shake mix from Alta Dena. In later years we got both vanilla soft serve for ice cream and chocolate for shakes to put in the silver containers. Edgemar Farms, probably supplied milk,buttermilk etc. When we took over in the early seventies we used Alta Dena for all our dairy products.
    Take care,
    Chris

  • Phil A. says:

    Hold the phone !

    I just learned from Marshall’s posting that I assigned the correct driver
    ( his dad ) , but did not use the correct Edgemar Farms Co. name on the truck.
    My apologies to Marshall’s dad.

    Marshall, if you can remember the colors that Edgemar used on their trucks
    I will do the change out the same day I learn from you.
    Love to be 100% correct in the details.

    This issue leaves me a bit confused. Which dairy products were being purchased from Alta Dena and which from Edgemar Farms ?
    In my 50 year old ” Woody’s Rolodex ” I have a contact number for AD, but no entry for EF.

    Anyway, I am looking forward to making this right.
    Phil A.

  • Phil A. says:

    I forgot to leave you with this happy news: Photo # 6 is the last photo pertaining to this diorama stuff. While I had a hell of a lot of fun with it, I realize not everyone gives a s_ _ _.

    After some time, I may pack this all up and ship out to the Culver City Historical Museum.
    So,time to carry on and forge ahead… let’s see what the rest of August brings.
    Phil A.

  • Phil A. says:

    Photo # 6 ~
    This photo is pretty straight forward. These five companies were the main purveyors to Woody’s SmorgasBurger.
    Others were: The Carnation Co., Presto Foods, Martino’s Bakery, Nalley’s,
    Nickabood Foods & Salad Dressings, Kraft Foods, Lyon Magnus ( root beer ),
    Laura Scudders ( chips), and Lyco Foods ( bagged salad ).

    I was able to come real close on the truck colors and script.
    That’s it my friends.
    All my best,
    Phil Ankofski

  • Phil A. says:

    First of all ….. thank you Mark for getting to the photos. You are a Prince among writers !

    Photo #5 ~ The ” crash scene ” ~ I was anxious for this one to be posted as Dick R. had just brought up the subject of the carport like structure.

    In real life this view would have been from the roof of the B of A bank.
    The scene is early morning ; There are a few coffee break customers in the store and the SE Rykoff truck driver is at the back door making his delivery.

    The Alta Dena driver ( Marshall’s dad ) swings into the lot off Sepulveda Blvd.
    and crashes the structure. I will let other ex employees follow up with their narratives regarding this scene as it occurred before my time.

    Notice the block house in the lower left. It was the uniform change room
    for all the guys.
    The large road sign in the upper right was my first offering on this project.
    I knew right away that it’s ” script only ” would not do. It must feature the original yodeler graphics.
    Phil Ankofski

  • The Management says:

    Sorry for the delay in posting Phil’s pix. This website has lately been under a Spam attack. When I go in to approve your comments for posting to the site, I have to wade through hundreds (sometimes, thousands) of phony comments with links in them to take people to websites that sell Cialis or phony Louis Vuitton purses. So maintenance here has occupied the time I can spend on this page. Here are two more pics…

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

    2 4 1 Income Tax Day and Wishbone Friday… Gr8 marketing creativity. Can imagine goofing around a bit between a Guest and a Woodman tugging the Wishbone making a wish. Alas, am wondering how Black Friday nowadays might cut into the latter. The ‘enticing’ of the purveyors to donate is an eye opener…but makes sense. I was guessing that it was $1.99 as being great, but .99 is a mindblower!
    My avianlike appetite never challenged the 10 ozer, but always relished the shish-ka-bob/baked potatoe/macaroni on the cuff.
    Yes, the good old days!

  • Chris P. says:

    The 2 for 1 Smorgasburger was on April 15 Income Tax Day..
    The idea was to give people a break because they just paid their taxes.
    I was working at Culver City #1 at the time (lunch). Line was out the door, even more people than Hamburger Steak night (Monday) $.99 for a complete 10oz Hamburger steak dinner.
    The purveyors did, by the way, donate or contribute products for the sale. Barbara Ann, buns, Patman Meat Company donated patties, others also. I think, not sure who, maybe Mr. Wood or JR would contact the purveyors and ask them to contribute for our sale, after all we did a lot of business with them. They all have budgets for that kind of thing anyway. I’m sure they were all happy to oblige. In later years Mr. Cramer and myself continued the tradition for a few more years. It was always fun.
    I’m not sure, maybe I mentioned this on the first sight but, you how the day after Thanksgiving was always slow.
    Mr. Cramer and myself came up with the idea that, if you brought in your turkey wishbone on that day you would get a free king size smorgasburger.
    We had signs up for days letting people know.
    We did get a lot of Turkey wishbones. It was cool. Some people would bring in chicken wishbones, we knew it and gave them King sizes anyway.
    If they went to the trouble of bringing any kind of bone we figured they deserved something.
    Anyway, it was fun. We didn’t make a whole lot of money but we just had fun with it.
    Take Care,
    Chris P
    Those were the good old days

  • Phil A. says:

    For Mark Evanier,

    This looks like the opportune time to post the ” crash scene ” pic as the subject matter is now at hand.
    Thanks,
    Phil

  • Phil A. says:

    For Dick Roletta,

    I am thinking you are the ideal person to address this carport/overhang issue for me while we are awaiting the ” crash ” photo to be posted.
    This structure was removed before my tenure started in 7/1964.

    I thought perhaps the structure was another architects boo boo. If it was put in place for the patrons shelter, then the patrons in line would be impeding the cars coming in looking for a parking spot toward the rear.
    Since it never/rarely rains in Culver City, I don’t think rain shelter was the idea in the first place. For the life of me I cannot come up with a reason
    for it’s construction.
    Please help Dick !
    Phil

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

    I don’t remember the 2 for 1 sale in Redondo… but ‘we’ all know how that goes! On the other hand, I didn’t sign on till about June. I do clearly remember the extremely popular Monday night Hamburger Steak dinners and lines snaking out the door which seemed to discourage no one…LOL I’m thinking roughly from 4:45 with things tappering about 7:15-7:30(?) Does anyone have numbers how it compared to pre-sale Mon nights or just regular Fri/Sat nights?
    ~ Darn Phil, I thought when ya took the roof off we’d see picnic tables/benches, ‘the line’ with at least the tops of our heads showing behind it, the stairs pulled down to the “office”!!!!
    ~ If I may, IMHO, mentioning a “Woody” should be accompanied by elaboration like this http://tinyurl.com/m9qe72q for fond memories by older Folks from then times and Folks who might be reading this from the midwest or even the east.
    ~ I remember the ‘pill’ for my Lionel. I’m thinking it fell on a light bulb that had to warm up to get it smokin. The bulb would have functioned as the train’s headlight I believe.

  • Phil A. says:

    Good evening Readers,

    Photo # 4 ~

    This shows the Lionel locomotive smoke unit which works better than I had anticipated. The line feed is 4 foot in length and runs under the base to the transformer. This smoke unit uses the liquid rather than the earlier pellets from the 1950’s. Anyway, when the roof and smokestack are in place, all I need do is inject 5 or 6 drops into the unit , using a medical syringe.
    We then turn the transformer power up to 60 % and wait just a moment.
    Ah …… Smorgasburger smoke ! On it’s way to Glendale, Burbank and Lake Arrowhead,

    This diorama ( which now features the Mobil station as well ) is located in the home office next to a window. About 10 AM the sun starts across the front of this Woody’s property. Together with the smoking stack,watching this scene completely erases 50 years right before my eyes.
    I feel like it is time to put on my uniform and hat, then punch in.

    Hope you are enjoying. Any questions? Please join in !

    Check in often, more photos to come.
    Phil Ankofski

  • Phil A. says:

    For the days of Woody’s SmorgasBurger and Dewey Weber surf boards.

    Thanks Mark for posting these two photos at once.

    Photo #3 ~ This photo shows the head on shot of the ” Sale ” banner.
    Also if you look behind the hedges at the front windows you will see the serving line and the tables which ran along on the inside of those windows.
    I could not remember if the tables were round or square, so I made them round using thumb tacks.

    The red fireplace can be seen as well. I shaped the fireplace to be more traditional so it might be recognized by strangers as a fireplace.
    The fourth car down in the lot on the left is a ” Woody ” with the local favorite board maker, Dewey Weber.

    About the ” 2 for 1 ” sales ; From 196o, 61, and 62 , I have seen adds in the Torrance Press which advertised the 2 for 1 sales at the Redondo Beach store.
    The sale ran each Tuesday for one particular month and the price was .44 cents.

    The sale I participated in was a one day event only at the Culver City store. The price in 1964 had increased to .49 cents. I remember the orders were averaging 4 or 6 burgers and some being 8 or 10. A few customers said they were taking them home to freeze. My limited experience at the time relegated me to serving the drinks and helping out with bun toasting.

    I assume Mr. Cramer solicited suppliers like Patman Meats and Barbara Ann
    Bakery for cost sharing on this promotion. Mr. Cramer had broad business acumen with his many years with Mayfair Markets.
    Either way, if the suppliers did participate , they would write it off in the advertising budget. If not, Woody’s could write it off in their own ad budget.

    There is a Bill E. who was the sales rep for Patman meats during some of the 1960’s years. If he were to learn of this narrative, I know he could give us the answer. No big deal, just curious.

    Phil Ankofski

  • Phil A. says:

    Dick,

    Yes, I first learned of that overhang structure being crashed by the Alta Dena driver who happened to be Marshalls father.
    I did recreate that particular scene and sent the photo into Mark.
    It may be the next one up for posting. Check back often so you can ad additional narrative on the issue.
    Phil

  • The Management says:

  • Dick Roletta says:

    There was an overhang that stretched from the front door to the Bank of America building next door. I remember it because trucks pulling into Woody’s Cuvler City from Sepuveda would crash into it. When I was a supervisor, I would park my new 1962 VW under it.

  • Chris Pingel says:

    All,
    Regarding Culver Cities skylights, they never seemed to bother me when working lunch, but, then again, we were only 18 and could handle anything.
    In 1972 after the partner split we covered over the skylights and put 8 wind turbines ( 4 on each side to let the heat build up from the high ceilings. It did make a difference but not a whole lot. In El Segundo I put in air conditioning but not until the 80’s. Phil’s right there were no skylights there, Just grey cement tiles all the way up the a-frame roof.
    I hope this isn’t boring everybody.
    I believe we used vegetable oil and wine vinegar along with salt and pepper. We made about 10 lbs at a time. We just put the slaw in a stainless bucket and added the ingredients and mixed with tongs. The slaw was cold from the walk-in and stayed cold on the line. It was very good.
    Phil you did a nice job on the model. I really like it.
    When I find my old pictures I’ll get them to Mark.
    Take Care All.
    Chris P

  • Phil A. says:

    Bob,

    P.S. ~ I used the same procedure on the Rykoff & Co. truck as I used for the Woody’s sign graphics. I was most fortunate to find a color photo of a semi truck on one of the Rykoff history sites. I have to tell you, I was one happy camper the night I found the net photo.
    All I had to do was zoom, crop, and trim to size.
    Phil

  • Phil A. says:

    Bob,

    Regarding the sign ; In real life, Mr. Wood or Mr. Cramer had a ” thing ” for huge road signs. This original was probably three times bigger than needed.
    Then in late 1966 or early 1967, this sign was replaced with yet a bigger one.
    It was a towering vertical structure with huge horizontal arms that rotated.
    I still think the pilots coming in from Denver did use the newer sign as an extra homing beacon for the LAX runways.
    ” Rodger tower ….. we will start our descent into LAX as we just saw the Woody’s sign in Culver City from Flagstaff ….. over and out. ”

    For my reproduction ; I have the same Woody’s postcard which Mark has used here on his header of the Woody’s I site.
    So, taking the postcard , I used my in home printer to enlarge the sign to the
    approximate size I thought I needed. Since I only had light weight photo paper, I took the newly printed photo to Kinko’s so I could use the printer there to fine tune the enlarged size. I also wanted the Kinkos copy for the heavy weight photo paper they offer.

    I made the word ” PARKING ” separately on the in home printer.
    The wood piece of the sign is Walnut and I used my band saw to create the serrated edges like the original. Double sided Scotch tape holds the graphics to the wood.
    There you have it my friend.

    A note for Mark Evanier ;
    If you can possibly post the next two pics at the same time it would help me explain the smoke unit. Pic #3 would be the ” head on ” shot of the store and #4 would be the roofless pic exposing smoke unit.
    Thank you,
    Phil

  • Phil A. says:

    Good Morgan Readers, ( honoring the late, great Robert W. ~ KHJ ~ )

    Mark, thank you for posting Pic #2 ~

    I will make a few comments on the construction of the diorama and then make some comments on the scene itself.

    The colors of the store were in effect during my tenure here from 7/64 to 7/66. I had to use some artistic license for the roofing color because the one old photo I have shows some browns and greys.

    The main smokestack at the rear is the one I rigged up to blow real smoke.
    Replicating the skylights was the hardest part of the project but the front road sign was the easiest. ( BIG surprise)
    The skylights in real life were an architectural boo boo.
    The daylong sun only shown into a large attic which caused a tremendous heat build up since there was no ventilators to blow it out.
    I understand in years later this problem was addressed with some success.
    When the El Segundo unit was built using the Culver City plans, the skylights were eliminated. I myself do not remember being uncomfortable.

    In real life, a Bonsai garden was featured where the white Cobra is parked out front. For now, I am okay with the tree and shrubs but will keep my thinking cap on regarding a change out.

    About the scene;
    The locally advertised ” 2 for 1 Sale ” is in full swing . Not only that, but a tour bus was passing on Sepulveda Blvd. when the passengers noticed the banner and asked the bus driver to swing back so they all could have a cheap lunch.
    The driver did manage to pull around the back service drive and find a parking spot on Berryman Ave. ( see bus at upper left )

    The Patman Meats truck is at the back door and the driver is wheeling in baskets upon baskets of the fresh quarter pound burger patties.
    What an exciting day !

    Back to the white Shelby Cobra; The owner is standing between her car and the hedge. She is a 22 year old brunette beauty who just drove in from the D & W beach in Playa del Rey. Once parked, she realized she better slip on her orange oversized T shirt before stepping in the growing line.
    She was wearing her newest, skimpiest , black bikini and now thought better about getting all the male patrons overly excited. ( not to mention the guys working the line. )

    Randy Ewings dark green 1964 Mustang is parked next to the Cobra.
    Normally Randy parked off site on Barrymen until after the dinner rush was over. Then he made it a point to relocate his Stang right out front where he could keep an eye on it. God, how he loved that car ! I can imagine him still owning it.

    That’s it for pic # 2 ~ Any questions ?

    For all those of you yet in the Southland …… Zapppp , you’re Morganized !
    Phil Ankofski

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

    Thanks for the pic-update Mark.
    Phil: That’s a great repro of the sign. Might ya recount its construction.

  • The Management says:

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

    If I may, I will ask for those O-CD types herein who may be too shy to ask, if Chris P or Phil could be a little more specific regarding the ‘inventive’ “Woody’s” Cole Slaw recipe. Certainly doesn’t have to be as elaborate as this Vid http://tinyurl.com/olylz3z I got off the Comment link of 7/27/14 (which just coincidentally is labeled as a ‘restaurant slaw’…LOL), but with a few more measures of salt/pepper/vinegar/oil to what amount of lettuce. (Lo, when I give out my recipe for Huevos Los Ranchos, I skimp with such measures as “a handfull of chopped, but not pureed, Green Chile/grated Velveeta cheese/etc.) Such little Q-tips tho as letting the slaw ‘set’ I’m thinking are important given I insist Folks must fill to the brim of a brandy snifter with crushed ice (which some Folks might think is counter-intutive per melt down) when using my recipe for a MaiTai.

  • Phil A. says:

    For Fred R.

    I was reviewing your comment about the slaw dressing.
    You should be using ” Apple Cider ” Vinegar … not the red wine vinegar.
    Try this change out real soon ! This should be the difference your taste buds are searching for.
    All my best,
    Phil

  • Phil A. says:

    Cole slaw was not a Ralph Wood item during the 50’s and 60’s.
    I am sure it was one of the many items that both Chris P. and Mr. Cramer
    introduced starting in 1971.
    Chris mentioned this recipe some time back which I tried here in my home.
    Both my wife and I liked it as well. In fact we will be enjoying it with ribs tomorrow night !

    For Mark Evanier; I hope you are rested from the San Diego Comic Con.
    Can we see the rest of the photos ?
    Phil

  • Chris Pingel says:

    Fred,
    I don’t remember if we sold cole slaw back in the 60’s or not, but we did have it in the 70’s and 80’s.
    The original cole slaw, as I remember it, we did not make. It came in cardboard type large milk containers ( two per case). It was the normal creamy type. It sold pretty well.
    I, eventually, tried an experiment testing that original creamy style cole slaw verses one we made fresh every day, sometimes twice a day, with just oil and vinegar salt and pepper. I had the two next to each other in the salad section. I kept this for, probably around a month, to see which one was more popular.
    Well, the oil and vinegar won hands down over the traditional creamy style.
    I eliminated the original and made the fresh one only from that time on. I put it a half pan because it sold so fast at lunch we had to fill it too often.
    That’s my story on cole slaw.
    Take care,
    ChrisP.

  • Mark Thorson says:

    If you want to make your recipes available to subsequent generations, just post them to the rec.food.cooking Usenet newsgroup. They will be available forever. Much more reliable than paper.

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

    Ya know Fred…or anyone for that matter…especially if Y’all have kids, write out some of the stuff ya cook around the house to pass on even tho kids don’t request it today. While cookery wasn’t her thing, I’d love to know my Mom’s mayo based slaw; her mix for a tuna sandwich which I’m guessing had a dash of sugar and relish; fish cakes; stuffing for a roasted chicken. Most sadly I regret not knowing how my late Vieja somehow added Zip to Bernaise sauce with red chile flakes and other stuff for a dip for beef fondue! Lo, Woody’s slaw: to the best of my memory didn’t exist in my ’62-’63 time, but maybe ya might have fun here http://tinyurl.com/oug8vzb till one of the Woodyites can help ya!! In the meantime, let me pass this along for a perfect PB&J! Toast the white bread…that gives it strength when spreading on the peanut butter on one slice and the ingredient par excellence…Marshmallow Fluff on the other, upon which the Welch’s Grape Jelly can be more easily spread on either! As with any sandwich: Always cut diagonally. Compliment PB&J&F with potato chips for that salty-sweet contrast!
    No matter what re slaw, Please don’t ever try being “Nouveau” or experiment with ‘infusion’ when it come to this phenom of late regarding the Reuben!: http://tinyurl.com/ms44qea
    Bon Appetit!

  • Phil A. says:

    I suppose this is a guys only thing. I bet you guys all would love to feel like 13 again. Well, I just happened on a web site that guarantees each one of you will be taken back to that special age of wonderment.

    What will this video have to do with Woody’s SmorgasBurger ?
    Only that if this diorama was mine, I would change it to LAX and then feature the Woody’s in El Segundo in the foreground.

    Go to UTube and type : biggest airport in HO scale .

    This project certainly raises the bar for me !
    Phil Ankofski

  • Fred Rinaldi says:

    Does anyone have Woodies receipt for coleslaw? I have tried olive oil, red win vinegar and salt and pepper, close but not it.
    [email protected]

  • Phil A. says:

    Photo #1

    Customers began lining up at 10:45 AM for the 11 o’clock opening.
    The entire day would feature ” Woody’s 2 for 1 Sale “.
    ~ Two SmorgasBurgers for 49 cents. ~ No maximum ! ( 1964 )

    The Rykoff truck is arriving with a much bigger order than usual.
    Pickles, sweet relish, catsup, mustard, and mayo all had been double and triple ordered for this event.
    Let the fun begin !
    Phil

  • Phil A. says:

    Hello Mark E. and all Readers,
    Thank you Mark for your generous ” shout out ” and introduction to the new
    Woody’s Gallery.
    Yes, Mark is correct in that I will be most happy to comment about the construction of the diorama itself or what the photo is depicting.
    Again, please join in !

  • Bob Stinson says:

    My friends from Michigan worked at Woodys by USC (1962 area) Ozzie and Harriet tv people on the show used to come in. Dave Nelson, Wally, and others. I was at Rick Nelsons twin sons (Mathew and Gunner Nelson) concert last night in Gaylord Michigan and asked them if they knew of Woodys near USC and they said we sure do. Those were great times. Loved those burgers.

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