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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2005-09-13 8:03 pm   Permalink

Way to bring it, Mr. Smiley!

My favorite:

Traxx at Union Station

http://www.westadams-normandie.com/Assets/Traxx.jpg


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mrsmiley
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2005-11-30 10:02 am   Permalink

zazz!

 
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scispy
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From: LA/Texas
Posted: 2005-11-30 12:02 pm   Permalink

Living nearby
I can vouch for:
the DalRae, Steak N stein and the Embers , the "V- room in Monterey park. Although you may be a bit turned off by the smell outside of The Embers, do go in to see the devilish murals from the 50's which portray Jane Russell, Vincent Price and other stars from the past with horns on their head.
One thing I am going to warn you about though is please do not dine at the old 'Chris n pits' a block away, as I have witnessed the waitresses pinching food to eat from the food trays that they are bringing out of the kitchen

Also the Montebello bowl-Montebello on Beverly Blvd has a really cool lounge made from lava? rock ande googie archtecture that I used to frequent. Although the hostess can get a tad bit selfish with the karaoke mike there.

Havefun!!

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Polynesiac
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From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2005-11-30 7:12 pm   Permalink

want fresh seafood in an old restaurant (been on the docks since 1949) and eat it with real fishermen and longshoremen (the old timers who used to actually carry the stuff off the ships before everything was containered?)

Canetti's Seafood Grotto
309 E. 22nd Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

It doesn't look like much, but it's got history, man...history. For the full canetti's experience be sure to bring an empty stomach, an open mind and an inspiration to discuss.

Taken from this page:
http://www.italianlosangeles.org/index.php?1&222

"It's easy to spot the fishermen. Their faces are deeply lined and tanned, their fingers calloused and gnarled, hardened by nylon ropes and the sting of sea salt, their nails ragged. […] In the late 1940s and 1950s, my grandfather and my great-uncle fished together out of San Pedro's harbor on creaky diesel-fueled boats, using nets they crafted and mended by hand. Even now, DiMassa cousins pull the nets and work the docks. […] Old World San Pedro gathers at Canetti's, as always, by groups. At one table, the village gossips sit; at another, city employees. Once a month, the firefighters stop by. But most of the action takes place at the center, where a long table is reserved for the fishermen.... Inside, where 20 tables fill the crowded main room, pale blue walls are lined with fragments of San Pedro's history: a model of an old schooner, the kind of boat on which Italians first arrived in Los Angeles; black-and-white photos of fishing boats from the 1940s; a framed Los Angeles Times screaming, in a banner headline, "Sub Attacks Southland"; posters admonishing the regulars to buy war bonds; a packing crate from the Catalina Fish Co., headquartered in San Pedro."
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the Oracle
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From: Pasadena and desert cities
Posted: 2005-12-14 5:10 pm   Permalink

In GLENDALE

DAMON'S

On Brand Blvd.,from 5N, take Colorado Blvd., or from the 134 FWY, take Brand Blvd. Meter PARKING in back, FREE in pm.

Has Polynesian decor. Super Mai Tais. Excellent steaks; get the tenderloin filet, twice baked potato and house salad. Small party room for 25. Balcony for booths.
BEST, MOST COST-EFFECTIVE FILET, IN LA.

SHRIMP AHOY.

In El Monte at Live Oak and Peck Road, and in Rosemead at the Peck Rd. exit from the 10, north one block, turn right. Same owner. Fried shrimp so big (the Colossal) it's the size of your hand, and just two is a filling meal. Nautical diner decor. Great prices, great fried seafood, great cole slaw, fries. Eat-in at booths or carry out. SHRIMP LOVERS will thank me for this.


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2005-12-15 11:05 am   Permalink

Has anyone had any experiences at Park Place on beach blvd. in Orange county?

 
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Paliau
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Posted: 2006-01-14 3:22 pm   Permalink

For a almost complete listing of all the vintage bars and restaurants in Southern California and Las Vegas with pictures and history check out www.latimemachines.com It mentions most of the restaurants in this thread and many more!

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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2006-01-14 4:16 pm   Permalink

The lobby bar at the Biltmore downtown:

http://www.reservetravel.com/v4/hotelimages/pegs/MU/1237/re_1237_e4.jpg



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christiki295
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Posted: 2006-06-18 09:32 am   Permalink

Encounter is by far the best post-war building in the City:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=7718&forum=6&hilite=Encounter


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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2006-06-19 10:30 am   Permalink

I recommend El Carmen: GREAT margaritas and fabulous velvet paintings of Luchadores.
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scispy
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From: LA/Texas
Posted: 2006-06-19 9:34 pm   Permalink

There is a really old place in Pico Rivera, Ca called the “Wagon Wheel”.

.Established in 1943. It was originally a house that sat across the street from the marine reserve auxillary on old Bevery Rd.

The GI’s wanted a place to drink and the lady that owned the house started setting up bar in her living room.

The men sat on casks and the place was eventually turned into a bar/café.


“Manny” the current proprietor has owned it for the last 27 years. They serve the best tasting burgers there! And have the coldest beer in town.

I missed the annual luau for his birthday where they roast a pig out on the rock grotto in the back patio , have hula dancers and

decorate the place all tikiish.

The clientele there is mostly locals but on Sundays they cater to the biker crowd.

If you want a really good burger and some cheap drinks in an old timey setting its a bit of a dive but is a fun place to hang out.

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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2006-06-24 12:46 am   Permalink

Monsoon, in Santa Monica (3rd St. Promenade, off Wilshire)

An Indonesian, Thai paradise, with bamboo galore.
It is an exotic, wonderful, tiki-like palace, where the house specailty cocktails, the Tsunami and the Voodoo Love are served in tiki glasses.

The Chinese food cuisine is delicious and the prices are most reasonable.

The bar (upstairs in the back) is a great party scene with hot music and (on the weekends) no cover.


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2006-08-27 01:16 am   Permalink

Mountain @ Chinatown, North Broadway

There are many reasons to love this bar.

The first: location, location, location

Pass Chinatown's entrance, the dragon over Broadway Blvd, which rivals the dragon over the Chinatown in SF. Enter through the classic neon archway, immortalized in the movie Chinatown, possibly the best ever film about Los Angeles.

The bar itself is a thing of beauty. It is a neo-contemporary design, with red walls, red chandeliers and red draperies, 2 stories tall.

Every type of person can be found there. The drinks are cheap, even if the mixology could use some help.


 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2006-10-15 1:05 pm   Permalink

Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

Aaaarrghh, Matey, if ever there was a place to have a bottle of rum or to drain a keg, this is it!

Incredible detail to the pirate them, mast heads and sails decorate the bar, numerous paintings of mermaids and boats, tables are the tops of casts, and, of course, skulls.

The pirate theme is impossible to miss. Even before a push through the Redwood's door, nautical gear is everywhere, including fishing nets and floats, weathered wooden planks and the stumps of dock timbers. A rusty anchor and reproductions of pirate flags - yes, apparently they numbered far more than the old Jolly Roger - adorn the ceiling of the entryway.

Elegant while leather booths decorate the back room, while the entrance has a smoking gallery.

Late last call and, again, inexpensive cocktails.

http://downtownnews.com/articles/2006/08/14/news/news03.txt

http://www.theredwoodbar.com/

http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/117279,0,3935754.venue


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christiki295
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Posted: 2007-04-15 11:05 am   Permalink

Royale on Wilshire.

I'm told Ginger Rodgers and Fred Aistaire danced in the ballroom, which is now a fantastic looking restaurant, with a delightful patio and separate, candlelit bar:
http://www.royaleonwilshire.com

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