Your Memories 01

This is the place to discuss restaurants that the proprietor of this blog never went to and therefore cannot write about.  Comments about restaurants that are open and operating are discouraged.

317 Responses to Your Memories 01

  • Andy says:

    Anyone remember Wilson’s Steakhouse on Lacienega in the 1940’s and 50’s?

  • Andy says:

    The restaurant at wilshire and Crenshaw was Perinos

  • Bob Palmer says:

    Ray, prior to becoming Killer Shrimp (4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey), it was Castagnola’s Lobster House. I am not certain if there was another restaurant in the location between Castagnola’s and Killer Shrimp. I worked at Castagnola’s as a busboy from 1968-1969. Strange, they did not serve Maine lobsters (the one’s with the claws), but rather Australian spiny lobsters (without the claws, similar to California spiny lobsters).

  • Bob Palmer says:

    Anyone recall a restaurant on Stocker Street at La Brea with a view to the south from the 1950s-1960s? Had electric trains running on tracks near the ceiling. Good place for kid’s birthdays. Also a ‘Gay 90’s’ themed steak place in Manhattan Beach on Manhattan Beach Blvd near the Pier from the 1980s? And lastly, a Polynesian/Hawaiian-themed restaurant on PCH in Torrance/Lomita from the 1960s-1970s? Thanks, Bob P

  • Ken says:

    I believe the name of the restaurant on the north side of Wilshire Blvd. at Crenshaw was called Carnation.

  • Debbie Travis says:

    Hi Barbara, -my Mothwr loved shopping at Jurgensens market in Westwood. My Father ran the Kirky building at Wilshire land Westwood land I was about 15 sand used to go to the Bruin theater on Friday nights.

  • Benny says:

    Looking for info on “Bruno’s Italian Restaurant” that was in the Centinela/Venice area of W.L.A in the 60’s/ 70’s.
    Is it still operational & where?

  • Teri Unger says:

    Zupp’s/Zup’s Riverside Dr & Victory? Best burritos ever.

  • The sweedish smorgasbord was Sir George’s. We had some in the San Gabriel Valley. We only got to go for special occasions. Does anyone remember Sambo’s restaurant. It was before Denny’s. I loved the motif as a kid but it wasn’t PC so they had to close-change. Sad.

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

    Yo Michael, Who can resist the flavoring of anchovies ala Caesar Salad let alone even home made Green Goddess !

  • Paloma Fierro says:

    Does anyone remember McLimons? Not sure on spelling but my 71 year old neighbor remembers they had an amazing shrimp Louie. Does anybody have more info? Couldn’t locate anything online.


  • Michael Lipofsky says:

    I’m really surprised the Velvet Turtle’s not on here. They had multiple locations in Southern California, but the one that I went to was the one in West LA on Sawtelle, between Pico & Olympic. They had that great Green Goddess salad dressing.

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

    RE Windjammer: Alas Gary, sometimes ya got to be more specific particularly with popular names, e.g. what street was it on? Here’s a place in Redondo along with other possibilities.

    BTW, Never say Never! I’ve found that places that were not showing up one year, might be added a couple of years later.

  • Gary Mortimer says:

    Does anyone here remember a restaurant that is now the Rainbow Bar & Grill, but in the early 1970’s, it was called the Windjammer! Right next door to what is now the Roxy, used to be the Largo, a strip joint.

    I know that the Rainbow was originally the Villa Nova, but in the 1970’s…can’t remember the exact date, it was the Windjammer and I was the Bartender there for a few years.

    I have never been able to find any pictures of the front of it, showing the sign that said Windjammer…and I helped put that sign up, by standing on the small platform area right above the entrance!!!

  • Gary Mortimer says:

    Nicole…I remember the Garden District.
    Back in those days, “restaurant row” was a fun place to be.

    I spent a lot of time in Oliver and had fun hearing that old lady piano player just inside the door at the end of the long bar. And she lived quite a ways away but she also grew pot I think. Ah the stories from her

  • Gary Mortimer says:

    Does anyone on here know of or remember old restaurants that were on La Cienega Blvd. in the 1970’s, like Oliver which later changed its name to After Dark…even though there was another location down the street and i believe on the next major cross street.

    There was also the Carriage Trade up a few blocks from Oliver.

  • Theresa Powers says:

    Anyone remember Charmers Market in Santa Monica in the 70’s? They even had stuffed pig.

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