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Roadside Diners Southern California


At the Side Car Diner (Closed)
Ventura, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The At the Side Car Diner in Ventura looks like an old rail train. It actually occupies a 1910 Pullman dining car and first opened for business in the 1940's. Well, at least it used to be a diner. Nowadays, its home to a some type of store.


UPDATE 06/13 : The At the Side Car Diner is vacant and closed. The paint is now army green and there's a large for lease sign in front. 06-13



Liberty Diner
Photo courtesy Ralph Squillace

Anyway, this is a genuine streamlined diner car from, I think, the Union Pacific that served as a diner not on 66 but on old US 395 down near March AFB. It was known as the Liberty Diner and was donated when 395 was widened to make room for modern-day Interstate 215. The diner car was donated to and is currently on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. Info courtesy Ralph Squillace



Tina's Diner
Maricopa, CA
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

Here's a popular weekend stop for motorcyclists. Tina's Diner in Maricopa is an old time coffee shop/diner type of establishment.



Mel's Drive-in (formerly Kerry's)
Sherman Oaks, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Located in Sherman Oaks is Mel's Drive-in, located in the former Kerry's Coffee Shop. Check out the marquee and the standout coffee shop architecture.



House of Dimes Diner
Los Angeles, CA
Photo and info courtesy Adriene Biondo

A very old diner in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles. Looks like the House of Dimes is still in operation.



Wheel Inn Restaurant (Closed)
Cabazon, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Travelers speeding near Palm Springs can't miss the "EAT" sign at the well known landmark The Wheel Inn Restaurant in Cabazon. Located next to the Cabazon Dinosaurs, The Wheel Inn has been a roadside establishment and diner like eatery with an Old West type of theme for more than 50 years.

Unfortunately, The Wheel Inn closed down for good on September 23, 2013.

See Roadside Peek's Lost Treasure feature on the Wheel Inn Restaurant. 10-13









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