My criteria for the restaurants here is that they are 1979 or older, although there are a few exceptions, and that they are within about an hour’s drive from downtown L. You will find classic steakhouses, Googie diners, pastrami delicatessens, walk-up hamburger stands and more. As of February 2018 the list is at just 404 places, spread as far south as the bottom of Orange County, east to San Bernardino and north to Santa Clarita. In 2 years since I published this list, it has received nearly half a million reads!When the restaurant has a web page I provide that, but if not I share a link to a review, Yelp or Wikipedia. That shows me how much people care about our vintage restaurants.After a lot of detective work I’ve compiled this “Master List” and plan to update it regularly.I’m sure there are many holes in my research and would appreciate additions and updates in the comments section below.Originally opened in 1887 as part of the Saugus Train Station under the name Saugus Eating House, it took its present name, The Saugus Cafe, in 1899.It moved to its present location in 1905 and was remodeled and enlarged in 1925. (1908) Cole’s Founded by Henry Cole in 1908 on the bottom floor of the Pacific Electric Building, which at 10 stories was once L. Known for their cocktails and French dip sandwiches, which both Cole’s and nearby Philippe’s claim to have invented.
The decor features vintage pharmacy items, newspaper wallpaper, old tin signs and vintage product packages.
My goal is to have it finished very soon and and publish it here at the Los Angeles Beat.