WHY When nothing will do but oysters Rockefeller, prime rib and a one-man band in a tux singing Bruce Springsteen’sPink Cadillac.
WHAT This landmark was founded in 1958, and inside, it remains 1958. The lobster is still being Thermidored, the bananas still flambéed, and the spinach salad still wilted. ‘Ah,’ you might be thinking, ‘that sounds like a depressing, off-the-Vegas-strip hangout for fourth-rate goombas and washed-up Peggy Lee wannabes.’ But you would be wrong. The sons of the founder have kept the Dal Rae fresh and first-rate. The booths are high-backed, the cocktails are stiff, and the Caesar is prepared tableside. A little bit of high-fat, high-calorie heaven.
WHO A cross-section of folks from Pico-Rivera, Downey and Whittier, from families out to celebrate Grandma’s 85th birthday to young couples splurging on a special date.
Region: South Bay to South L.A.
Neighborhood: Pico Rivera
Features: Cocktails, Dinner, Essentially L.A., Kid Friendly, Live Music, Lunch, Private Room, Quiet, Romantic
Price Range: $17-$24, $34-up
Cuisine Type: American, Continental