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Roadside Diners Southern California

See more diners from San Diego at Roadside Peek's Roadside Diners San Diego.

 

Cadillac Jack's
Sun Valley, CA
Photos and info courtesy Adriene Biondo


Here's an old drive-in/diner off San Fernando Rd. In the photo on the left, you can see the Pink Motel in the background.

The shot on the right displays the vintage 50's era interior.


Back when the adjoining cafe was still operating, this location, including the adjacent Pink Motel, had everything... gigantic swimming pool, classic diner with old jukebox, candy machine, even a drive-in 'round back (see photo on left). Now it's perfectly frozen in time, primarily used as a film location.

 

UPDATE 07/05 : The pictures of "Cadillac Jacks" was not formerly Buddy's Diner it was the "Pink Cafe" same name as the "Pink Motel" next door. They were both built in the late 40's by Joe Thomulka, who's son Monty still owns and operates (the motel) today. Many thanks to Tim Shpall for update. 07-05

Author's Note: The Pink Cafe was turned into Cadillac Jacks by Tim Shpall along with Monty's help in 1990. 07-05

 

 

George's 50's Diner
Long Beach, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This old diner rarely lights up at night these days. However, some days it's still a hangout for the local car clubs.

George's originally opened its doors as Grisinger's Drive-in in 1950.

 

 

Phil's Diner (Moved and Closed)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's another old roadside diner, this time in the L.A. area. According to the sign, Phil's Diner is used in many a movie and photo shoot.

 

UPDATE 05/13 : Phil's Diner moved to North Hollywood and opened at its new location in April 2011. Unfortunately, the new owners couldn't make it a go and the diner closed by the end of 2011. 05-13

 

 

Ed Debevic's (Gone)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This stainless steel treasure still serves up hot food to the masses. Although Ed Debevic's has only been around since the mid-80's, the look is still 60's.

Ed Debevic's closed in 2003 and a Japanese restaurant called Konpatchi now stands in its place according to this website.

 

UPDATE 05/13 : Ed Debevic's is long gone. The Konpatchi restaurant is housed in a new building. This area of La Cienega just south of the Beverly Center is a far cry from what it looked like a dozen years ago. 05-13

 

 

At the Side Car Diner (Closed)
Ventura, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The At the Side Car Diner in Ventura looks like an old rail train. It actually occupies a 1910 Pullman dining car and first opened for business in the 1940's. Well, at least it used to be a diner. Nowadays, its home to a some type of store.

 

UPDATE 06/13 : The At the Side Car Diner is vacant and closed. The paint is now army green and there's a large for lease sign in front. 06-13

 

 

Liberty Diner
Photo courtesy Ralph Squillace

Anyway, this is a genuine streamlined diner car from, I think, the Union Pacific that served as a diner not on 66 but on old US 395 down near March AFB. It was known as the Liberty Diner and was donated when 395 was widened to make room for modern-day Interstate 215. The diner car was donated to and is currently on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. Info courtesy Ralph Squillace

 

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