My criteria for the restaurants here is that they are at least 35 years old (1983) or older, although there are a few exceptions, and that they are within about an hour’s drive from downtown L. You will find classic steakhouses, Googie diners, pastrami delicatessens, walk-up hamburger stands and more. As of February 2018 the list is at just 406 places, spread as far south as the bottom of Orange County, east to San Bernardino and north to Santa Clarita. In nearly 3 years since I published this list, it has received over half a million reads!When the restaurant has a web page I provide that, but if not I share a link to a review or Yelp. That shows me how much people care about our vintage restaurants.Philippe’s, like Cole’s, also claims to have invented the French Dip sandwich by accidentally dropped the crunchy roll into gravy.(1915) Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain Originally opened as a drugstore in 1899 by a man named Kellar Watson, it was first located on Glassell St.Originally opened in 1887 as part of the Saugus Train Station under the name Saugus Eating House, it took its present name, The Saugus Cafe, in 1899.
Originally opened at 300 Alameda St in 1908 by French immigrant Philippe Mathieu, it moved to its current location several blocks away in 1951 after being booted from the old one due to construction of the 101 Hollywood freeway.
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Currently this list has been edited over 550 times.
After a lot of detective work I’ve compiled this “Master List” and plan to update it regularly.
I’m sure there are many holes in my research and would appreciate additions and updates in the comments section below.