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Roadside Vernacular Southern California


Chili BowlRoche Guadalajara (former Chili Bowl)
Huntington Park, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Here are a couple of former Chili Bowl restaurants still found in Southern California. The Chili Bowl chain started in 1931.

Kim ChuyOwner and programmatic entrepreneur Arthur Whizin used to offer raffled rides on the Chili Bowl airplane. The cafes phased out when World War II started, leaving only the Pico Boulevard Chili Bowl open to feed Santa Monica Douglas aircraft workers.

Kim Chuy (former Chili Bowl)
Alhambra, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo



Coca Cola BuildingCoca-Cola Building
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Ever see an ocean liner pass by? How about in the middle of a city? The Coca Cola building of Los Angeles is a great example of streamline moderne. And to think, you won't get seasick looking at this one!



Former Parasol RestaurantThe Parasol
Seal Beach, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Let's see... first there are burgers at a joint that looks like a burger. Next, a hot meal inside a parasol? At the Parasol restaurant in Seal Beach, you can do just that. If only all parasols were in such great a shape.







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