We are lucky in Los Angeles to have a lot of spectacular vintage restaurants, but we are still losing many every year to owners who retire, sell out for money or lose their long-held lease to nasty gentrification.
It is a traditional diner/cafe, with bar attached, featuring wood paneled walls and both counter and booth seating.
Housed in a low ranch-style building, its exterior is bordered with mid-century river rock.
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.
Please click to see additional photos I have taken of these places on both Instagram and Twitter.
Currently this list has been edited over 500 times.
Cole’s story is that the au jus dipped roll was prepared at the request of a customer with sore gums who could not eat the crunchy bread.
Closed briefly in March 2007 after 99 years in business, Cole’s was brought back to its original splendor with a new owner in 2008 with vermillion red wallpaper, a long mahogany wooden bar, a copper penny tiled floor, Tiffany-style lamps, old photographs mounted on the walls and a back speakeasy.
My goal is to have it finished very soon and and publish it here at the Los Angeles Beat.
It will make it easier to find the vintage restaurant you are in the mood for by type of food and neighborhood.
(1915) Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain Genuine, old school soda fountain/pharmacy.