Busy Bee Cafe engenders memories of poodle skirts and soda shops with an evocative mix of '50s décor and classic American fare. Loaded skins kick off the nostalgic menu with a selfless gesture, as potatoes shed their outer layer to be piled with jack and cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and dipping sauce ($5.99). Busy Bee Cafe's Reuben sandwich is a crowd favorite, with a mouthwatering stockpile of corned beef or pastrami, garnished with heaps of sauerkraut, coleslaw, potato salad and cheese, and doused in tangy thousand island dressing ($9.95). A Busy Bee Cafe's specialty, the chicken fried steak dons a contradictory moniker in a futile attempt to throw voracious diners off their mission to devour its mix of grilled and battered beef, topped in homemade country gravy ($12.99 for dinner). Classic ice-cream sodas deliver a velvety blow that knocks palates back to the olden days of lunch counters and Eisenhower Halloween costumes ($4.45).
Dinah’s Family Resaurant first opened its doors in 1959. Great food, competetive prices, exceptional service, in a most enjoyable atmoshpere; was the expectation of Dinah’s Restaurants’ owners. Dinah’s delicious homemade specialties like “Oven Baked Pancakes” & “Fried Chicken" are so good you can eat them hot or cold.
For 40 years, the iconic Kelly green exterior of Patrick's Roadhouse has lit up the roadside along the Pacific Coast Highway. Inside, dark wood and checkered floors join stained-glass lamps and hand-painted signs to create the look and feel of a well-worn and cozy haven for travelers. Featured on the Food Network's Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, the menu includes unique classics such as the sweet and savory Dijon plum burger, or the Rockefeller—topped with sour cream, jack cheese, mushrooms, and caviar. Fresh, organic produce acquired daily from the local farmers market piles onto stacks of fluffy pancakes, and slices of the Patrick's 'famous' banana cream pie launch into faces to round out meals.
Since its founding in 1968, Duke's West Hollywood, located in the heart of the historic Sunset Strip, has dished classic American fare to hungry locals and scores of musicians such as Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, and Janis Joplin. Relocated and redecorated, Duke's now augments its menu with vegetarian and vegan options and seats diners atop navy-and-white-striped booths in a clean, bright space. Duos can begin meals with a plate of sliders topped with blue-cheese crumbles and caramelized onions. Hearty main dishes include meatloaf spiced with spanish sauce, and a pork chop glazed with barbecue sauce and the eighth minute of "Free Bird." The Asian-inspired tofu sauté heaps rice with red peppers, broccoli, and carrots in a signature sauce. Chefs stack traditional sandwiches with healthy ingredients, such as the turkey wrap boosted with avocado, arugula, and a whole-wheat tortilla cut in the shape of a pedometer. Night owl chefs serve until midnight Sunday–Wednesday, and until 4 a.m. Thursday–Saturday.