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.

253 Responses to Your Memories 01

  • David Peattie says:

    In my younger days we lived in Torrance, not all that far from Los Angeles. There was a place I enjoyed called All American Burger, which had very good hand-cut fries and a burger that, while not spectacular, was not so repulsive as to detract from the fries. Any other former Torrance denizens remember that place?

  • Bret Mannon says:

    I moved out of LA in 1962 when I was eight so I have loads of memories of places but not necessarily the ability to remember exactly where they were. There was a restaurant on 3rd Street just barely west of the Park LaBrea entrance.I never entered it yet went by it every day going to school. I recall that it specialized in a sort of “Gay Nineties ” Dixie Land Jazz theme (?). They also handed out loads of brightly colored derby hats which kids like myself coveted. Does anybody have the name for this place? I’m just curious.

  • John Hindsill says:

    Elaine Flynn–
    Miceli’s is still in business…in two locations. During my college years Las Palmas was a semi-regular for late Saturday night pizza, when the evening was in Hollywood. About ten years ago I noted to my wife, “You know we’re getting old when we can’t have a midnight pizza, after a movie.” Actually, a nighttime film is barely doable.

  • Dan of Reno says:

    Does anyone remember a restaurant (high class) across the street from the Coconut Grove on Wilshire Blvd. that you went below street level, down some steps next to the sidewalk. My Uncle worked there and cannot remember the name. I thought it was the Highlands or something, but I know that is incorrect. It was a restaurant that celebrities (Hollywood and Political) could go to and they were assured the staff would be very discrete about their dining experience.

  • Elaine Flynn says:

    Does anyone remember Miceli’s on N. Las Palmas off Hollywood
    Blvd? I know they are still in business, but they are definitely one of the “old” restaurants. We ate there in the late 60s at least every other week and it was the best ever. Love the ambiance and the service was great. My daughter who was about 7 at the time would always ask for extra Italian rolls to take home. We would always see a star or two, but they had to wait just like everyone else. Went back about 10 years ago and it was still the same. I’m so glad they are still open.

  • Bob Bann says:

    I just saw Lobster Cantonese mentioned on the Kowloon page and that brought memories of a bar/restaurant named The Scotchman’s located on Pico and Centinella at the Santa Monica border. This is way back in the late ’50’s when I worked at Douglas Aircraft on Ocean Park blvd. At lunch time a gang of us would go there for lunch and a few drinks and I would order the Lobster Cantonese several times a week. It was served with large chunks of lobster in the shell and if my memory serves me it seems the price was under $2 Ahh the memories of times gone by. Anyone remember a bar/restaurant on Westwood blvd. north of SM blvd. named The Redwood Room or The Matador on Pico w/o Westood ?

  • Dan says:

    I grew up in the 60’s in the Crenshaw District and remember Rudy’s well. Our family only went on occasion as we really didn’t eat out often. I remember how good the food was. It seemed as if it was always busy. Brings back good memories.

  • Dan says:

    Adam & Bob, Thank you for your comments and tips regarding Panda Inn and The Santa Monica Place. Yes, Panda Inn was a “fine” sit down restaurant which, I believe is defunct now and Panda Express is its successor.

  • John Hindsill says:

    P Harvey–If you are still in SoCal, you are in luck. Chris and Pitt’s is still open in Downey (except on Tuesdays). Also still operating in Whittier and Bellflower.

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos, NM says:

    Did anyone ever get to Perino’s on Wilshire? I never made it to this gourmet place, but remember references to it. My memory was jogged Sunday during the TV series “Feud” on FX when Joan Crawford took her daughters to one of Bette Davis’ FAVs as “a dig” apparently.

  • P Harvey says:

    to those remembering Rudy’s Italian restaurant on Crenshaw Bl. and their incredible spaghetti sauce . . . . I ate at Chris n’ Pitts BBQ in Downey and had their spaghetti and meat sauce as a side dish. As soon as I tasted it, I felt like I had been transported to the old Rudy’s. The taste was identical! This was many years after Rudy’s closed. I learned that what made it unique was their use of Italian pork sausage in the sauce. Try it.

  • Bruce says:

    Anyone else remember a restaurant called “The Stew Kettle” on Pico in the late 60s / early 70s? It was run by a Hungarian family named Erdos, which is also the name of a famous mathematician, and the owner told me some math faculty from UCLA had told her that. (“Erdos” should have a diacritical mark over it that looks like an umlaut.)

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos, NM says:

    Oh Man George…ya had to bring up Orange Julius! So great before the days of PC munching…can picture the pool of “oil” from the burger and fries dripping onto the paper at the bottom of those yellow, plastic, woven baskets….OMG so enjoyed them about what is now noted as Parking Lot 23 walking back to the frat after working at the Coliseum on the 50 yd line ushering Folks like Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Jack Lemon etc to their seats for great games when SC had that great coach John McKay (with all due respect to Carroll) coaching Trojans like the ferocious McKeever Twins ! What a yummy memory to enjoy on St. Paddy’s Day….Slainte!

  • George says:

    Great pastrami sandwich stand on the corner of Pico Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. Probably the best pastrami joint in LA county. Then there was the original Orange Julius stands. They had charbroiled burgers that were outstanding! Back in the early 60’s, there was a Julius stand on the corner of California and Arroyo Seco in Pasadena – right next to the car wash. WTF delicious burgers. You could get a raw egg blended with your Julius for an extra .15 cents. The of course, Burger Continental on Lake Ave in Pasadena. Outstanding back in the mid 60’s. Went down hill after the original owners sold. Really a shame that most all the great neighborhood food joints are long gone.

  • Mavourneen O'Brien says:

    A page on this site is dedicated to Old Los Angeles Restaurants – M’Goos – where I just posted a description of a menus. Then I noticed this page. What fun. So interesting to read all the comments, bringing back many memories. At 82 I have many! Oldest daughter of the late actors, Pat and Eloise O’Brien, I grew up in this area. As time permits, I welcome the chance to come back here to explore. AKA Baja O’Brien

  • Dave Senit says:

    Does anyone remember the Blarney Castle Steakhouse on Western near Wilshire??

  • rose gray says:

    does anyone know the name of a Chinese restaurant on Wilshire near la barberas maybe next door in wla near barrington and westgate? thank you

  • David Williams says:

    Picolo restaurant on Pico Bl. near Beverly Dr. and Pico. Best restaurant. Soup, salad, main course, dessert, and beverage included. Always packed. Continental Cuisine.

  • Michael Lipofsky says:

    There was a great restaurant on Crenshaw Blvd called Rudy’s Italian Inn, or Rudy’s Italian Restaurant. It closed around 1974, when I was a little kid, but my dad says they had the best spaghetti and meatballs he’s ever had in his life. There was something very special and unique about their sauce.

  • Michael Lipofsky says:

    Marlene, my family loved Rudy’s Italian Restaurant on Crenshaw. They went there countless number of Sundays before I was born and when I was a little kid. My dad says to this day, he’s never ever had spaghetti and meatballs as good as Rudy’s. There was something very special and unique about their sauce that no other place has been able to duplicate. It closed around 1974, and I was too young to experience just how great it was. If you Google it, you’ll see people on the internet who also remember just how great that place was.

  • Thom J. says:

    Fun site…..luv to go down memory lane. Speaking of which, does anyone remember The Sherman Room? It was in the San Fernando Valley [Van Nuys I think] on Sherman Way just west of Balboa Ave. A real old timey steak house that would only take cash payment, no checks or credit cards until the late 80s to early 90s, and wouldn’t allow anyone under 21 due to their bar/dinning set-up. I think they closed in 2014 or 2015. TJ.

  • Lori says:

    Does anyone remember “Our Contribution” in Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys on Burbank Blvd. across from L.A. Valley College ? It was one of the first “Health Food” restaurants in the valley. I think it was right next door to where Sharkey’s is now. It was partially owned by Mike Farrell of “Mash”.

  • Violet Blac says:

    Does anyone remember the restaurant H.E.L.P. at Crossroads of the World on Sunset in Hollywood? They served old school vegetarian cuisine in the mid 1970s. Also interested in Raf’s and South Town Soul Food, also same era in Hollywood.

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos, NM says:

    Yo Dan Leung,
    Lest you may not have done it, perhaps you might contact the Mall directly to see if anyone “is old enough” to remember ‘way back when’ Certainly they must keep some sort of record of tenants! Good luck!

  • Adam says:

    Pardon me. the Panda Inn is now Panda Express. At one point they were called Panda Inn Express.

  • Adam says:

    Dan, I do believe you’re right, it was the Panda Inn. This was before they turned into the fast food places they are today. It was the first place I tried fried rice.

  • Dan Leung says:

    To celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday in September of 1986, the family organized a surprise party for her at a Chinese restaurant in the Santa Monica Place Mall. Since this was before the age of cells phones, etc., we walked my mom throughout the mall to stall until everyone arrived which irritated her immensely. Of course, when we arrived at the restaurant, she was pleasantly surprised to see all her family and friends. Does someone remember the name of the Chinese restaurant? I seem to recall that it was Panda Inn but I cannot find any trace of it on any search. Thank you.

  • The Management says:

    Robin, I loved Van DeKamp’s. When I was 17, I took my first date to the one you frequented on Wilshire. We were on our way to see “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Ivar Theater in Hollywood. (Gary Burghoff from M*A*S*H was Charlie Brown.)

    I would have written about Van DeKamp’s on the site here before but I was unable to find any decent visual material. If anyone has some, please let me know.

  • Robin says:

    Kind of shocked that I didn’t see Van De Kamp’s Restaurants on this site. That was our family’s go-to restaurant throughout the whole span of the 1960s. Our very favorite one was on Wilshire Blvd. across from the La Brea Tar Pits. On Sunday afternoons that was a hopping place and you always had to wait awhile for a booth. What I would give to step back in time and have some of their delectable deep fried halibut with the world’s best tartar sauce!! The waitresses wore blue dresses with a white apron and had a white “Dutch” hat that looked slightly scary….almost like an old-time nurse’s hat only larger or The Flying Nun’s hat! :) Enjoyed the comments about Tracton’s. I grew up in Baldwin Hills so we often drove by Tracton’s on our way home from things. One time my very clever brother noticed that Tracton’s spelled backwards was “Snotcart”! From then on that name was ruined for us!

  • Mike Gaedke says:

    In 1974 I proposed to my wife over a plate of Bruno’s Mushrooms a la Primavera. After being married for forty-two years, it would be a blessing if I made them for our upcoming forty-third anniversary. Can anyone give me the recipe?

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos, NM says:

    “Driving me nuts!” at La Cienaga/Jefferson!
    Know the feeling Eli!
    “Red leather booths”
    Whoa who didn’t have them tufted ones way back when? LOL
    Slide through all the places here Maybe a name will pop into mind. When I search the intersection via their Maps, saw See’s Candies but I wouldn’t recognize the locale. Often, I’ve mixed up street names!!!
    Bon Appetite!

  • John Hindsill says:

    You are remembering Tracton’s. It has its own space on this website.

  • Eli says:

    Trying to remember a restaurant on La Cienega Blvd near Jefferson ( near See’s Candies Headquarters)… i think it was a steakhouse or perhaps a “nice restaurant wanna be”… it had the Red Leather booths… Anyone remember the name… driving me nuts trying to remember!?!?

  • Al Donnelly says:

    John Hindsill–interesting lead. Thankx Al

  • Stephen Hurwitz says:

    Does anybody remember LA Barberas on Wilsire. They tore it down and built a strip mall there. Next to a dry cleaners in West LA. Also Ambers Chicken Kitchen

  • Marlene says:

    I grew up in Leimeet Park in the 50’s. I having been trying to find information on Ted Owens restaurant on Crenshaw and 43rd and Rudy’s Italian on Crenshaw. Anyone remember these?

  • John Hindsill says:

    Al Donnelly, perhaps the restaurant you’re thinking of on San Fernando Road still exists, if you are thinking of Sun Valley/Pacoima section of the Road. But it is no longer an active restaurant. It is a movie set, complete with counter and malt machines etc., used for (what else?) diner scenes. It has been five or six years since I’ve been by there, but I’ll bet its still there.

  • Marshall Loveday says:

    Gee…..Where do I start? I was born in Culver City in 1951, and then ‘grew up’ in the Mar Vista community from around 1956 until just after graduating Venice High School in the summer of 1969. I stayed pretty much local to the area until 1974 when i got married and moved to the South Bay.

    The very first restaurant I remember (must have been around 4 or so…) was the Hamburger Handout at the Airport Village center in Culver City. It sat on the corner of Centinela and Sepulveda, and was bulldozed years ago. I don’t remember how the food tasted, but for a 4 year old kid, it was a fun place. It was sort of a outdoor food court – different establishments serving different things. There was also a Pizza shop, I believe the precursor to Tito’s Tacos was there (not entirely sure on that), and maybe some others. The original Sizzler started in that location as well.

    Around 1963 or so, our family started frequenting a place on Pico Bl. in Santa Monica called Pickle Bills. It was a (very) casual cafeteria style restaurant that served sandwiches, salads, mac & cheese, and of course, pickles – all kinds! Personally, I liked them because it was one of the few places that served sweet as well as dill pickles. I didn’t like dills.

    Another place out family went to a little later, 1965-ish or so was The Patio. It was also in Santa Monica, but I don’t remember the specific location – somewhere over near Santa Monica Bl and 14th maybe…. Served good messy burgers, and great for a summers’ evening – outdoor dining on wood patio tables, of course.

  • Al Donnelly says:

    The 1957 film Teenage Thunder has scenes at a Drive In called the Front Page. A low budget wonder, they could have got by with a handpainted sign for a fake location. Instead, there is a real neon sign which makes me think this might have been an operating restaurant (and the interior is well stocked). Does anyone know of such a place existing? The San Fernando Dragstrip was used, so it may be a Valley location.
    Also, there was a Jim’s Burgers on Colorado in Eagle Rock during the ’70’s. Any info on this site?

  • Jeanne Porro says:

    Does anyone know or remember a restaurant called: Shirley Hall on La Cienega in Beverly Hills, in the 1940’s ?? Thanks

  • Daniel Kravetz says:

    I live in New York, but on visits to my parents in Sherman Oaks, we would often eat at Solly’s deli on Van Nuys Blvd. It was as good as any I know in Manhattan. Since I was last there in 2010, it has closed.

  • John Hindsill says:

    add Nine Muses: I introduced several of MY FRIENDS to it.

  • John Hindsill says:

    Mercy Baron re The Nine Muses: I first heard of this restaurant in the summer of ’63 from a co-worker (and actor wanna be) whose other job was server at the restaurant. The food was very good and the prices very fair for those days.

    I introduced several of my to it. A couple of evenings stand out for me, there. I ordered an artichoke appetizer; I had to show my date how to eat it, as she had never seen one.

    The menu was written in italic script and I saw a dish that looked promising, so I ordered the Slivers of Chicken thinking it was something special of their creation. I enjoyed the chicken livers, which the server had gently corrected my misreading of. Ah the memories.

  • Mercy Baron says:

    There was a restaurant back in the 60’s in Hollywood called The Nine Muses. I was a child then and obviously went with my parents. They were very involved in the hipster/beatnik/hippie scene there and hung out with many famous people. I know they went to this restaurant with Lenny Bruce and James Coburn. I still have a menu in pristine condition from Nine Muses. From the back of the menu, it says it was owned by Bill White and Maurie Kliebert. The address was 6609 Santa Monica Blvd. The food was on the higher end with dishes like Cornish Game Hen, Filet Mignon, Paella, Filet De Sole Veronique…and all the dishes were $2.15-3.00!!

  • Bob Curmudgeon says:

    Just a couple of years after “my time” of watching the TV Series way back in staid Massachusettes, I was, unknowingly, IN “IT” I still remember pulling in under the porte cochere here circa ’60 when my TroJane and I drove up from USC on my Baby Blue Vespa whereupon she sat “sidesaddled”…tres de rigueur… per a “fitted” skirt “of the day”. 77 Sunset Strip was actually an eatery/lounge known as Dino’s…as in Martin!…next door! Imagine…being high “Up” on Sunset Strip and having the back wall being of an…OMG!… floor-to-ceiling window to let you overlook the twinkling lights of LA while you listened to a new thing called JAZZ possibly like this without even knowing it while you ‘underagedly’ sipped on drinks like Grasshoppers or Stingers or Slo Gin Fizzes or Harvey WallBangers!!!??? You can’t match those days today!!!!

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    ~ Wednesday #2 ~ Just so you know ……

    In my prior offering here , I was NOT dissing the Admiral Risty in any way.
    I know the place has a multitude of loyal patrons, and rightly so.

    My point was to show two different restaurant men heading down the same path and yet come up with extremely different MO’s.

    I still love to remember how I used to tease the Wood’s about the interior of the Risty. I told them that I thought there were 120 framed photos on the wall, and I thought they were all of the same sailboat, only shot from different angles. Mrs. Wood gave me a ” say what ” look.

    Back to the Pieces of Eight. Turns out the owner started 100 upscale restaurants all over the country and still had time to assemble the largest private collection of WWII aircraft in the world. The Proud Bird was his baby as well. How was that possible ??

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    ~ Wednesday ~ Pieces of Eight , Marina del Rey ~

    Damn Bob , your inaugural posting here beat me out by TWO MINUTES !
    Glad to see you made the jump over here as well.

    The Pieces of Eight was only one of many new restaurants that began fleshing out the development properties available at the refurbished Marina. ( 1966)
    To begin with, the location was magnificent. It was built right at dockside with sailboats bobbing and the sun setting in the background.

    The restaurant was all brand new, inside and out featuring a nautical theme of course. The tables, booths and fixtures were top of the line . Much of the cocktail glasses were crystal. The wait staff were all in their 20’s with the guys in swashbuckler dress and the gorgeous gals in skimpy wench skirts.

    To compare, both the P of E and the Admiral Risty were nautical themed dinner houses with ocean views. But what a difference !!
    The Admiral Risty is where you would take your grandma to help celebrate her 80th birthday. But, the Pieces of Eight was a party place !

    For me, the P of E was a significant upgrade from the Joe Patrellies For Steaks which I had been patronizing. ( In Culver City, now George Patrellies. ) At Patrellie’s , I had grown used to the quiet, worn dinning room and the 50 year old waitresses who looked like they came to work in their pajamas. My drink was either a 7/7 or champagne cocktail.

    The P of E was my introduction to all the exotic drinks which were made with three of four different liquors. In the opening months, I am sure it was the owners instructions to the bartenders that they OVERPOUR on all drinks.
    I mean you could walk in that place with the biggest chip on your shoulder
    and by the time it was to leave, you had 12 new friends.

    It was here I upgraded my menu entrée choice from a strip steak to prime rib. I can’t tell you any more about the food, as I was already flying high from the Old Fashions which is my favorite to this day.

    Welcome aboard sir !

  • Art Griggs says:

    A fun haunt in the late 60s and early 70s was the Fireside Inn on Ventura Blvd in Encino. A classic upmarket steakhouse of the era, it’s menu and décor are a dim memory now. I liked jazz, a music form that was hard to find being performed in Rock happy L.A. Just out of college, Friday evenings were fun as their lounge featured a jazz piano player who was entertaining. I also recall that attractive single ladies that often encircled the piano but they weren’t interested in this kid. Decades after it closed I read an L.A. Times article about how popular the restaurant had been including its piano player. And the attractive ladies . . . the lounge served as a connection point for call girls. Had I only known! :-)

  • Phil Ankofski says:

    ~ Tuesday ~ Jolly Roger in El Segundo ~

    This is Phil from the Woody’s site and I thought I would jump over here and help inaugurate Memories 01. Seems like a good idea and I hope it flourishes.

    Besides, the Woody’s site remains in a bit of disarray and I cannot locate the normal format that used to list by date.

    Jolly Roger was a very large property which was the direct neighbor south of the Woody’s store in El Segundo. Gigantic parking lot.
    The JR was a full service venue which offered B , L and dinner.
    The place also had a real cozy cocktail lounge with happy hours.

    In my one year tenure at Woody’s, I probably went over for the cocktail lounge three times. The senior managers and engineers from Boeing and Hughes patronized the place at breakfast and lunch because they had much longer lunch hours than the regular staff members. I suppose a lot of business was conducted there with contracts being signed.

    I would invite other readers to chime in on the JR because I cannot speak to the food quality or service level. In hind sight, I now wonder why I never went over for a nice steak or seafood dinner.

    At some point ( ??? ) the JR closed and was turned into the Steaks and Steins.
    ~~~~~~~ OR , it may have been Sticks and Steins ~~~~~~
    I think it has been two or three years now since the S and S closed.
    With the economy back up, I was sure a developer would have closed in on this vacant property. Not so ….

    Phil Ankofski

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos, NM says:

    Bravo/Kudos Mark for taking the time/trouble to set up this site!
    Hope I’m going to do this within the intended boundaries of this appreciated offshoot:
    1) Does anyone remember, circa ’62, in what I prefer to refer to as Hollywood Riviera (in which I maintain ((LOL)) was Woody’s Smorgasburger upon which now sits KISS’ Rock n Brew, while others are adamant it was/is Redondo Beach) a place, the version of what might be called “in the days of the tropics” elsewhere, e.g. Trader Vic’s/Don the BeachComber’s. My aged memory says it was on South Catalina Ave in the vicinity of “Kurt’s” (Wagner’s) trendy Danish moderne furnishings of the era.
    2) Up in Westwood, there was a sliver of a hole-in-the-wall, Scandinavian shoppe that featured pastries. They and coffee were daintily served on white china. Well actually, the whole place was white! It was called some version of the spelling ‘Kondituri’
    3) Circa ’62 again: the corner (?) of Figueroa and Exposition: there was a drive-in with an attached lounge favored by Trojans & TroJanes called Carls? Was there any relationship with Carl’s Jr.?
    4) And again in that era: Rand’s Round-up! An all ya can eat joynt in a western tradition on Wilshire
    Ok…I’ll stop.

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