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Sit Down Restaurants Southern California


Philippe French Dipped Sandwiches
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Philippe's French Dip is a famous Los Angeles eatery landmark. First opened in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, the restaurant started up as a delicatessen and sandwich shop. Word has it that In 1918, Philippe accidentally dropped the sliced French roll into a roasting pan, dipping it in its drippings. The customer enjoyed the sandwich and a new sandwich was born. More info can be found at the Philippe's site. 12-08



Gus's Bar-B-Q
Pasadena, CA
Photos courtesy Scott Strickland


Route 66 is home to great number of landmark eateries that have been serving hungry travelers for decades. One such eatery is a place on Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena called Gus's Bar-B-Q.

This Bar-B-Q joint is known for its good food and delightful meals since 1946. The restaurant also features a neon eye-catching sign and front facade, complete with a neon pig. 10-09



Dino's Lodge
Hollywood, CA
Photo courtesy Charlie Aron

A prominent Hollywood hangout in 50's and 60's was Dino's Lodge. Featuring a somewhat eerie facial likeness of Dean Martin, Dino's Lodge came into being in the summer of 1958 when the former Rat Pack member bought a restaurant named the Alpine Lodge and renamed it. The sign became even more prominent when the TV series 77 Sunset Strip showed it in its opening credits. 08-13



Foxy's Restaurant (Renamed)
Downey, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


The Foxy's Restaurant in Downey, CA is one of the A-frames built by Burt Richardson who then sold the design to the Hyatt Corporation. This restaurant was built in 1967. Later, the restaurant changed names and became the Nordic Fox sometime after the 2000s. The building is now home to the Downey Brewing Company and still lasts to this day. 11/20








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