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Sit Down Restaurants Southern California


Vince's Spaghetti
Ontario, CA
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

Vince's Spaghetti's flashy marquee directs the dinner crowd into the restaurant. This place has been around for many a year, opening its doors in September 1945 as a French dip stand. According, to the Vince's Spaghetti website, the place would still be a French dip place if the owner's uncle hadn't eaten a plate of spaghetti in front of its customers. The place is always busy and served over 1,500 miles of spaghetti each year. That's a lot of pasta!



Sir George's Smorgasbord (Closed)
Arcadia, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Hungry for some all you can eat, with roast beef and ribs to boot? A couple of decades ago, long before the advent of the neighborhood Chinese buffet, the place to go to for a smorgasbord was Sir George's. This location in Arcadia is one of the last remaining. Well, at least it was still alive until 2009 when Sir George's shut down this Arcadia location forever.



Wagon Wheel Restaurant (Closed)
Oxnard, CA
Photo courtesy Tony Craig

The Wagon Wheel Restaurant was once a thriving business near the Wagon Wheel Bowl. Unfortunately, the Wagon Wheel Motel and Restaurant has been demolished and all that's left on site is this sign. See more at the Lost Treasures feature on the Wagon Wheel Motel and Restaurant.


UPDATE 12/06 : You have the restaurant listed as still being opened, but I am sad to report that the restaurant and motel both closed this past Sunday (12/10/06), and have a date with the wrecking ball. Many thanks to Jeff Babb for update. 12-06



Stevens Steak House
Commerce, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Looking to grab a good steak at a place with a friendly chef character adorning the marquee outside? If this combo works for you, then Stevens Steak House is the place for you.



Capri Restaurant
Eagle Rock, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Capri Restaurant in Eagle Rock has been serving Italian dishes since 1963. The restaurant was founded by Helen and Joe Sams. Check out the little character that adorns the front facade.




Pig'N Whistle
Hollywood, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Pig'N Whistle has served many a celebrity during its time since the 20's, including Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. This sign was recently restored.



Apple Pan
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Apple Pan features a great looking neon sign in front of a restaurant that been around the area for about 50 years. Opening in 1947, the restaurant is known for its hamburgers and apple pie ala mode. This is a burger joint that has made its mark on L.A. residents for years.











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