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Sit Down Restaurants Southern California


Hot n' Tot
Lomita, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Hot n' Tot Grill features fine food and an impressive neon sign out front. Locals rave that this food has been good for many years. The business has been around since 1946.





Clifton's Cafeteria
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo


Looking to dine at an early to mid 20th century cafeteria? Well, depending on how your taste buds are for the day, Clifton's Cafeteria may be the place.

Yes, Clifton's Cafeteria is a traditional "pay as you go" type of cafeteria. Can't say much about the spices, but the atmosphere is great.

Clifton's building sign
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger


UPDATE 07/07 : Check out the old Clifton's sign on the side of the building. 07-07


UPDATE 07/11 : The Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria was to reopen on July 2 after closing for remodeling. According to the owner and a few long time patrons, the updated menu will be worth the visit. This was welcome news as Clifton's has been serving hungry Angelenos since 1935 with its pay for what you select and "dine free unless delighted" policy.

For more information, see the Clifton's Brookdale website. 07-11

Clifton's Brookdale
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com



Gourmet Dinner House (Closed)
San Bernardino, CA
Photo and info courtesy David Carrasco

Here is a photo of the Gourmet Dinner House in San Bernardino CA. Notice the star on top, which tops off this nice looking sign.


UPDATE 09/17 : Having served food that has been described by folks that have dined here as "sketchy", the Goumet House Restaurant has been closed for a few years. The place still shows off its cool sign with a sputnik on top. 09-17



Frontier (Demolished)
Arcadia, CA
Photo and info courtesy Dan MacPherson

The Frontier Drive-in was at 250 W Colorado Blvd in Arcadia. It was torn down in the early 1960's to make way for a gas station run by Rod Phillips, a local engine builder who made a name for himself at Irwindale raceway.










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