November 30, 2017

Craving Nostalgia? Try One of These Historic Los Angeles Restaurants

  • By: Lauren Walser

Before the era of small, shared plates served in converted industrial warehouses, hungry Los Angeles residents would head to Googie-style coffee shops and small walk-up hamburger stands. And while many of the city’s earliest restaurants closed for business long ago, a few remain. Those that do were recently documented by SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, a 10-year project out of the city’s Office of Historic Resources. (SurveyLA was one of the winners of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, which you may have read about in the Fall 2017 issue of Preservation magazine.)

We’ve already covered some of the restaurants SurveyLA identified before—like The Black Cat in Silver Lake and Idle Hour in North Hollywood. So here, we shine the spotlight on just a few other old, iconic eateries, offering a very, very small sampling of other historic restaurants identified by SurveyLA.

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based field editor of Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about art, architecture, and public space, and hopes to one day restore her very own Arts and Crafts-style bungalow.

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