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Roadside Cafes Northern California


Hollywood Cafe
Lodi, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Welcome to the Hollywood Cafe. Though not in Hollywood per se, this sign is interesting enough to be in pictures.



Del Monte Cafe
Watsonville, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Del Monte Cafe in Watsonville features a neon sign on the side of the cafe.



Lim's Cafe
Redding, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's a shot of Lim's Cafe in Redding. This sign really sets itself up nicely at night. Lim's originally opened as Kim Sing restaurant back in 1933. The place is well known for it sign with the big swooping red arrow that lights up quite well.




Striper Cafe
Rio Vista, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Striper Cafe in Rio Vista features a huge fish on its marquee.



Willits, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

This Cafe features a sign that's typical of the roadside, featuring low priced meals at all hours. How can you beat that?



Owl Cafe
Cloverdale, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

The Owl Cafe in Cloverdale features an owl sign outside of the building. Check this sign out, it's a hoot. The Owl Cafe building dates back to 1929 with food serving beginning in the 1930's. Originally named the Sunset Motel and Ivy Cafe, the Owl Cafe at one point was a 24 hour operation.


UPDATE 03/16 : The Owl Cafe closed down in early 2016. 07-16

UPDATE 07/16 : The former Owl Cafe is soon to be reopened as Keith's Firehouse BBQ in September. 07-16



Dean's Cafe
Pleasanton, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

Pleasanton, CA is home to the Dean's Cafe and this sign with neon lettering. Dean's opened its doors in the mid-1950's on Pleasanton's Main Street. 10-09






Granada Cafe
San Francisco, CA
Photos courtesy Scott Strickland

Here's the Granada Cafe located in San Francisco, CA. This restaurant serves Italian fare and is a throwback in time. Word is that the restaurant closed its doors in 2009. 10-09









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