The large, red sign outside Jack's Whittier Restaurant looks like something out of the '60s or '70s. In reality, the eatery's roots formed much earlier; signs throughout the recently remodeled interior remind visitors that the it has in fact been in business since 1933. The throwback coffee shop and diner serves a medley of classic American food throughout the day, including burgers, fried chicken, and breakfast dishes such as three-egg omelets and buttermilk pancakes. To cap off the sense of Americana, servers also man an ice cream parlor where they scoop out frozen treats to make milkshakes, sundaes, and banana splits for dessert.
In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.
A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.
Biscuits, cookies, and cakes are freshly baked at House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery. No need to miss out on House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bakery has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery won't cost you a sitter. With its spacious interior, House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the bakery also serves up grub to go. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery also offers catering.
For easy dining, House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Prices are rock bottom at House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery, so load up on snacks and treats.
KJ's Diner and Restaurant has the finest selection of diner fare for every day part. Come prepared to feast at KJ's Diner and Restaurant — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. At KJ's Diner and Restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at KJ's Diner and Restaurant, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Getting online is easy with KJ's Diner and Restaurant free and convenient wifi.
The restaurant has catering services as well. If you're strapped for time, take out food from KJ's Diner and Restaurant.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at KJ's Diner and Restaurant for next to nothing. The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Food and nostalgia are synonymous at Dinah's Family Restaurant. Whether it's oven-baked apple pancakes, saucy ribs, or the restaurant's signature pineapple coleslaw, Dinah's team has made everything look?and taste?warmly familiar since 1959. Even the decor has barely changed since then. Its long marble bar, red-backed booths, and a retro-Sixties facade would not look out of place as an establishing shot in a Mad Men episode.
The real star at Dinah's has also stayed the same since day one: the fried chicken. In the decades since they debuted their fried chicken bucket, the cooks at Dinah's have spiced, breaded, and fried its poultry pieces for some 20 million customers?all the more impressive considering only 500 people lived on Earth in the 1960s.
Attentive waiters keep Cha Cha Cha?s colorful tablecloths stocked with contemporary Caribbean small plates, heaping dishes of paella, and pitchers of brandy-infused sangria concocted under the supervision of expert chef Toribio Prado. Open for more than 25 years, the original location's brightly colored fa?ade crowned by corrugated tin leads into a heated patio area lit by strings of chili-shaped lights and swarms of fireflies trained in flamenco dance. There diners can tuck into Cha Cha Cha?s lauded Jamaican jerk chicken or sip freshly muddled mojitos amid the quiet murmur of overhead fans.