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What You'll Get
Today’s Groupon coaxes your food cravings with familiar flavors. For $10, you’ll get $25 worth of nostalgic nibbles at Cafe 50’s, a classic restaurant off Route 66. Owner Craig Martin complements the classic diner formula (kitschy memorabilia, late-night hours, home-cooked fare, man in corner swinging antique golf clubs) with vintage accents, including a 1957 Seeburg jukebox, old-fashioned booths, and an adjoining memorabilia room full of B-movie posters, I Love Lucy reruns, and Cold War–era newspapers.
Come for breakfast and pig out on classics with a sugarcoated spin: malted waffles ($6.95), chocolate chip pancakes ($7.69), or cinnamon banana French toast ($8.95). Egg lovers will find yolkjoy with Cafe 50’s omelette selection, all made with three AA eggs. The lunch and dinner options are seemingly endless: choose from hamburgers, salads, and sandwiches. Cafe 50’s also specializes in old-fashioned shakes, offering a whopping 46 flavors to choose from; try the snicker bar shake, a shivery sip blended with butterscotch, peanut butter, and chocolate ice cream ($4.79).
The old-fashioned eatery is open from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Enjoy tableside magic with a magician performance from Magic Castle on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jukeboxes were introduced in the 1950s by an anti-rock-‘n’-roll parents group who believed that easy access to the devil’s music would cause teens to recognize the music’s inherent evil. They were proven correct, and the final rock ‘n’ roll album, Yip Yap’s Hip-Twisting Dance Party, by rock band Yip Yap, was released in 1958.
As rock records were removed from jukeboxes, the jukeboxes became sentient and began stealing purebred horses. You can still find non-sentient jukeboxes in museums or historical societies, but some remain active in bars and restaurants, such as Bryan Street Tavern, where jukeboxes are held in cages to prevent purebred horse theft.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 21, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. Valid only at the Santa Monica location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cafe 50's
Growing up in the 1950s on a US military base in Germany, Craig Martin spent his evenings curled up next to the radio, trying to sneak in rock 'n' roll music and midnight broadcasts of The Wolfman Jack Show. Longing to revisit that era, Martin went on to build Cafe 50's, a place packed with memorabilia, 1950s-style American food, and tennis-shoe-clad servers dressed in crisp red-and-white striped uniforms.
Fast-forward to 2017, with the diner's 30th anniversary just around the corner. Despite its expansion to multiple locations and accolades from contemporaries—including a nod from FOX 11 News for being the best diner in LA—the establishment stays true to its founder's vision, keeping its spirit firmly rooted in a time when everything was just swell.
Though the interiors of its locations may differ—some house crooning Seeburg jukeboxes while others display boxy boob tubes and candy-dispensing cigarette machines—all of these spots have one thing in common. With breakfast served around the clock and 48 deluxe milkshakes available, they all cater to kids and the young-at-heart. During weekend brunches, house magicians charm children with boothside magic tricks, leaving adults free to make entrées like the breakfast burger disappear from their plate. Meanwhile, servers replenish shakes and pour out cocktails near the soda fountain. But the real cherry on top comes toward the end of the meal, when they dress up ice cream or nonfat yogurt with housemade fudge brownies and fresh banana slices.