We are lucky in Los Angeles to have a lot of spectacular vintage restaurants, but we are still losing many every year to owners who retire, sell out for money or lose their long-held lease to nasty gentrification.
I’m a sucker for a joint with history, charm, character and stories.
I’m not as selective about a menu as I am about the ambiance, atmosphere and what I am experiencing.
I’m a junkie for vintage architecture and old signs.
in Orange, but moved around the corner to Chapman Ave in 1901.
In 1915 they added the soda fountain and began serving ice cream and comfort food.
(1915) Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain Originally opened as a drugstore in 1899 by a man named Kellar Watson, it was first located on Glassell St.
It has an old fashioned feeling inside with embossed tin ceilings and wood floors. (1918) Golden Spur The Golden Spur is a classic mid-century steakhouse on Route 66 that started as a ride-up hamburger stand for patrons on horseback.
According to realty records the building was constructed in 1932, but it formally became a steakhouse in 1954.
This is the oldest restaurant in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties, though the current building technically dates to 1952.
President Roosevelt ate here in 1903 & later DW Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Marlena Dietrich, Clark Gable, John Wayne & Frank Sinatra.