WHY An L.A. classic for its ’50s roots and Googie architecture alone—but when you add the waffles, patty melt, fried chicken and incredible biscuits… well, it’s a downright treasure.
WHAT George and Rena Panagopoulos opened this Jetsons-style restaurant in 1958, and the family still runs it today. They’ve kept the place in tip-top condition, and the food is exactly what you would hope for in such a place: good egg dishes, country-fried steak, patty melts, shakes, and perhaps the best fried chicken and biscuits in town. The burgers, however, are surprisingly blah, and everyone knows that the vegetables are best left uneaten.
WHO Seniors, college students, travelers coming and going from LAX, and pretty much every sort of Angeleno.
Region: South Bay to South L.A.
Features: Breakfast, Dinner, Essentially L.A., Kid Friendly, Lunch, Value
Price Range: $10-under, $17-$24
Cuisine Type: American, Coffee shop