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Sit Down Restaurants Southern California


Sycamore Inn
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger

The Sycamore Inn along Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga was founded in 1848. Originally a stage coach stop, the restaurant is now a popular place to go for a steak. The restaurant began in 1920 when the building was built. It became The Sycamore Inn in 1939 where it continues to serve hungry guests along the old 66. Word is that the restaurant is haunted. 06-07



El Torito
San Francisco, CA
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss / 1976

In this photo taken over 30 years ago, the owner of a new Ford Pinto had stopped for chow long at El Torito before Mexican food became common place in the Midwest. This shade of green was second only to brown as the color of choice for 1970's cars. 07-07




Derby East (Demolished)
Glendora, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Derby East was a Southland landmark along Route 66 back when it used to be called the Old Hickory for decades. A sister site to The Derby in Arcadia, the Derby East was demolished for yet another Walgreens drug store. 04-08

The Derby East also used to show live entertainment. 04-08

(Right) A shot of the marquee

Below are more photos of the Derby East as it used to exist.


Derby East entrance
Glendora, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Derby East open for brunch
Glendora, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Derby East sign on wall
Glendora, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com



The Trails Restaurant (Demolished)
Duarte, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Trails Restaurant in Duarte, CA was a local hangout and historic roadside location. Located off of Route 66, The Trails also featured a very tall and distinctive sign that could be seen from blocks away.

This Route 66 treasure opened in 1951 and closed 50 years later. The Trails was eventually demolished in 2002 for a new condo development, despite protests from preservationists. 04-08










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