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Neon Eateries Southern California


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

Here's a neon photo of Ernie's at the Pomona Fairgrounds.




Toad in the Hole
Pomona Fairplex
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Toad in the Hole is another neon eatery at the Pomona fairgrounds.



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

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






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 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.



The Hat
Monterey Park, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Hat features some of the best pastrami and neon around. The original Hat is still located in Alhambra.



Johnny Rockets
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Looking to grab a quick burger at night. Well, Johnny Rockets is one stop you can make.









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