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Neon Eateries Southern California

 

Chris & Pitts Bar B Q
Downey, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This Chris & Pitts lights up the sky with some authentic barbecue sauce.

 

 

Ernie's (Gone)
Pomona Fairplex
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Here's a neon photo of Ernie's at the Pomona Fairgrounds. Ernie's is located near the food circle, which has been around since 1939.

 

UPDATE 04./10 : The Food Circle at the La County Fairplex was razed in December 2009 and replaced by temporary structures. Also gone are other fairplex favorites such as the Toad in the Hole and Pie A La Mode. 04-10

 

 

Toad in the Hole
Pomona Fairplex
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Toad in the Hole is another neon eatery at the Pomona fairgrounds. The Toad is a permanent fixture at the annual fair.

 

UPDATE 04./10 : The Food Circle at the La County Fairplex was razed in December 2009 and replaced by temporary structures. Also gone are other fairplex favorites such as the Ernie's BarB-Q and Pie A La Mode. 04-10

 

 

Twohey's Restaurant
Alhambra, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Not sure why this crying fella has a pin on his nose at a restaurant. Twohey's Restaurant was first established in the city of Pasadena in 1943 before moving to its present location in Alhambra in the 1950's. This was a place for car hop service until the late 1970's.

 

UPDATE 10/02 : Twohey's was originally a drive-in burger stand and restaurant complete with roller-skating car hops and window trays. Twohey's billed itself as the home of the stink-o burger, essentially a hamburger smothered with grilled onions. The character on the sign is the head of a waiter logo, who originally carried a tray with stink-o burger on it, hence the clothespin and tears. The stink-o and other burger stand fare are still available on the menu but sadly the car hops and drive-in are long gone and the restaurant has shifted to a family dining environment. Many thanks to Joseph McLaughlin for information above. 10-02

 

 

Tolteca Mexican Foods
Azusa, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This neon sign for Tolteca features a tamale creatively places in the midst of a sign arrow. The first restaurant first opened in 1967 by BenArrietta Sr. The neon still is in great condition.

 

 

Talpa Mexican Food
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The sign for the Talpa Mexican Food restaurant features a neon figure huddle under a cactus. This sign still lights up the roadside along the western part of Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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