What You'll Get
America forged its identity during the 1950s space race, a global contest to land on the moon and flame-broil a moist burger over the sun. Commemorate America's achievements with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of edible Americana at Cafe 50s in West Los Angeles.
Entering its second decade, Cafe 50s boasts a menu abundant with American staples for every meal served amid midcentury memorabilia. All-day breakfasts spotlight omelets such as the American Bandstand ($9.79), whose three eggs sang backup for Foghorn Leghorn before forming an ensemble with bacon and tomato. A Monte Cristo sandwich ($8.95) tops french toast in turkey, ham, and two kinds of cheese to warm stomachs frozen by 46 gourmet milk shakes ($4.59–$4.79). Chefs reverently adorn the cheeseburger ($7.29) with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo after cooking the patty to medium heat and performing a 21-teakettle salute.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Valid only at West LA 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.