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.

264 Responses to Your Memories 01

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

    ​If I may Dennis…and if TRUTH be told….I really didn’t appreciate “a Drummer” when being at a ballroom dance like this while pressed belly to belly, when we’d be presented to someone doing a solo along with some of the other instruments! As such I hope Y’all will appreciate this Chico… that I now do/respect….​Perhaps y’all have a GR8 presentation !

  • Dennis E Cheshire says:

    I remember The Blarney Castle. I worked there playing the drums with a piano player (Henry Reiss) in 1969 & 1970. I was only 16, my first professional gig and the beginning of a wonderful 40 year career as a musician! Loved it there.

  • Dan Callahan says:

    I remember going to Bob’s Big Boy on La Cienega near Sawyer Ave. in the 70’s. According to Wikipedia, there are five restaurants still open, but this one closed some time back.

    We used to go there for hamburgers and shakes, and we would always (presaging Bart Simpson) give them some goofy name so we could hear them announce, “Dingleballs, party of five, your table is ready.” Once the neighborhood got more dangerous and someone was shot at the Big Boy, that seemed to seal their fate.

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

    Thanks Mark for the great Blog reference and especially the video therein about Philippe’s. While volunteering giving out tourist info, my 1st question is “Where ya from?” When the answer is anywhere LA…Tarzana, Rancho Cucamonga, etc.,… I ask “Where’s the best place to get a French Dip in LA?” and the answer 9/10 is Philippe’s.
    RE your Query: “Couldn’t someone have said, “Hey, I’ll bet this sandwich would taste better if I dipped the roll in the pan drippings”? Why is it always an accident?” One but wonders per observing where eggs come from, how it was we came to eating eggs. Elsewise, the modern day “accident” happening may have had roots from Charles Lamb ala
    “Chow!” as we non-Italians are wont to say.

  • The Management says:

    Who says I haven’t been to Philippe’s? I’ve been there many times and I’ve even written about it on my other blog.

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

    With due respect that Mark “discourages” restaurants herein that are still open, it boggles my mind that he has never been to this LA venue that 1) is 110 years old this year just down by Union Station and 2) is (per its claim) where the French Dip Sandwich was invented!
    Given so many Folks have moved away and with all due respect for writing “outside the box”, I can’t but help to think how de rigueur this place, still with sawdust on its floors around the communal tables, is now per offering us ex-pats this: Imagine featuring that on1/1/20 in your abode when USC is in the Rose Bowl back in our podunk USA!!!! PS: In preparing your sandwich, don’t forget to DoubleDip! IMHO. Elsewise, Life doesn’t get any better than that!!!

  • Dennis Kerr says:

    Liu’s Szechuan Garden was on Rodeo Drive, between Dunhill’s and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It used to be Romanoff’s in the “glory days” of Hollywood. Laurie Liu and his family opened the restaurant in the early 70’s. My wife was one of the original non-Chinese servers. We became good friends of the family. “Mama and Pappa” Liu were the chefs. Exquisite Chinese cuisine. I’m not sure whatever happened to the restaurant or when it closed.

  • Sylvia Johnson says:

    To mj from your comment of October 29, 2018.
    I remember a place called Cafe Figaro, but there were 2 restaurants on that south side of Melrose between Robertson and StaMo. Cafe Fig was the more relaxed/casual place. LOVED it. Miss it.
    I always wonder if Figaro Bistrot in Los Feliz is its reincarnation. (But, Cafe Figaro did not have such a French atmosphere.)

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

    Yo Nicole:
    Go here
    In the upper right corner, click what kinda looks like this [ ] .
    Then click the + – to zoom in and out.
    Happy Holidays!

  • Nicole says:

    Does anyone know where the Garden District in West Hollywood was? Jim Morrison was interviewed there in December 1970. Thank you!

  • Maria Haefeli Tafar says:

    Picolo’s on Pico between Beverwil and Beverly was my dad’s restaurant! Opened in 1965, closed in 1985…small (seated 65) but always packed and always a wait…..soup, salad, entree, sides, dessert, all included, huge portions! My dad, Frank Haefeli, passed away sadly January 2017 at 91…..

  • John Hindsill says:

    I vaguely remember Rudy’s from the 1950s, if it was on Crenshaw Blvd., somewhere around Santa Barbara (now MLK Blvd). I don’t remember our family eating there, but I know t was in business a long time.

  • Jeaneil bass says:

    I worked at Rudy’s Italian Inn in the in 1970s WAS A HOSTESS AND THEN A WAITRESS,WAS THERE WHEN HE PASSED AWAY Flo was my Boss,when Rudy passed his 2 sisters took over they left it open for a while but then sold it,kept the crew on unitl sold, and it was turned IN 2 A NITE CLUB,after that i never went back,but i will say it was a great place 2 work was the kind a place u would have no reason to leave the crew were great lots of laughs,no one ever got 2 know what any of the ingredients,in the food only the kitchen crew new, sure wish i knew how 2 find out where the crew members were,i never heard any 1 say any thing bad about our food,they would bring there own pans in 2 by the sauce Sundays were the busyest,

  • John Engstrom says:

    Ray asked:
    Does anyone remember what the name of the restaurant was that is now occupied by Killer Shrimp in the Marina?

    Answer: Waterfront Restaurant

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