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1769-1849
1842Swiss HotelSonoma
Sonoma County
Originally the home of Don Salvador Vallejo, then a stagecoach
stop, then the Ticino Hotel in 1892. Later known as Swiss Hotel.
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1848Sycamore InnRancho Cucamonga
San Bernardino County
At this location since 1939.
Formerly known as Mountain View Inn.
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1849Tadich GrillFinancial District,
City & County of San Francisco
Formerly New World Coffee Stand and Cold Day Restaurant.
Renamed Tadich Grill in 1912. Moved to current location in 1967.
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1850-1859
1851Old Ship SaloonNorth Beach,
City & County of San Francisco
Originally built from an abandoned Gold Rush sailing ship.*
1851Smiley's Schooner Saloon & HotelBolinas
Marin County
Past names of the bar include Jim Redmen's Saloon
and Ed Knott’s Bar. It became Smiley's in 1955.
 
1852Golden Gate Saloon
(inside the Holbrooke Hotel)
Grass Valley
Nevada County
Built 1852, burned and rebuilt in 1855. Became part of the new
Exchange Hotel in 1862. Renamed the Holbrooke Hotel in 1879.
 
1852Iron Door SaloonGroveland
Tuolumne County
Opened as a general store in 1852, and it became a saloon in 1896
with the name Jake's Place. Renamed Iron Door Saloon in 1937.
 
18537 Mile HouseBrisbane
San Mateo County
  
1858ElixirMission District,
City & County of San Francisco
Past names: Francis Daneal, Hugh Mooney, Patrick J. McGinnis
(rebuilt 1906), Thomas N. Sheahan, The Hunt-In Club, Swede's,
Club Corona, Jack's Elixir Bar, and Elixir since 2003 (restored).
 
1859Washoe HouseStony Point (uninc. Petaluma)
Sonoma County
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1860-1869
1860The TrapSacramento
Sacramento County
  
1861The Old Clam HouseHunter's Point,
City & County of San Francisco
Originally called the Oakdale Bar & Clam House, this is the
oldest restaurant in San Francisco always at its original location.
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1861The SaloonNorth Beach,
City & County of San Francisco
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1863The Cliff HouseRichmond District,
City & County of San Francisco
Built in 1858 and again in 1863. Bought by Adolph Sutro, 1883.
Destroyed a couple times. The current building dates to 1909.
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1864Kirkwood Inn & SaloonKirkwood
El Dorado County
The 3-way intersection of El Dorado, Alpine, & Amador Counties
is said to be by the bar, but that border is actually by the street.
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1865Cold Spring TavernSan Marcos Pass (uninc. Santa Barbara)
Santa Barbara County
Built as a stagecoach waystation in 1865.
Established as Cold Spring Tavern in 1886.
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1867Sam's Grill & Seafood RestaurantFinancial District,
City & County of San Francisco
Previously known as Burlingame Oyster Company.
Became Sam's Grill in 1936. Moved to current location in 1946.
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1870-1879
1874Hotel LégerMokelumne Hill
Calaveras County
Previously the Calaveras County Courthouse building.
The bar dates to 1851, but it all became the Hotel Léger in 1874.
 
1879Union Hotel RestaurantOccidental
Sonoma County
 
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1880-1889
1882Northstar CafeNorth Beach,
City & County of San Francisco
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1883Heinold's First and
Last Chance Saloon
Oakland
Alameda County
Originally known as J.M. Heinold's Saloon.
Also nicknamed Jack London's Rendezvous.
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1885Tivoli Bar & GrillGaslamp Quarter, San Diego
San Diego County
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1886Fior d'ItaliaNorth Beach,
City & County of San Francisco
432 Broadway, 1886-1893. 492 Broadway, 1893-1906.
492 Broadway (Rebuilt), 1907-1930. 504 Broadway, 1930-1954.
601 Union Street, 1954-2005. 2237 Mason Street, 2005-present.
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1887Saugus CafeSaugus, Santa Clarita
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
At this location since 1905.
Rebuilt in 1952.
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1890-1899
1890Spenger's Fresh Fish GrottoBerkeley
Alameda County
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1891Shotwell'sMission District,
City & County of San Francisco
  
1893The Little ShamrockSunset District,
City & County of San Francisco
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1893Schroeder'sFinancial District,
City & County of San Francisco
The original restaurant burned in the 1906 Earthquake & Fire.
It was rebuilt at its current location shortly afterwards.
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1894Duarte's TavernPescadero
San Mateo County
  
1897Frasinetti's Winery & RestaurantFlorin (uninc. Sacramento)
Sacramento County
  
1899Watson's Soda Fountain & CafeOrange
Orange County
Formerly known as Watson's Drugs & Soda Fountain.*
1900-1909
1901Star RestaurantHanford
Kings County
  
1902Big Dean's Ocean Front CaféSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Formerly known as Laring's Lunch Room.
Formerly known as Big Dean's Muscle In Cafe.
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1906King Eddy SaloonDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Previously a speakeasy,
but it opened as a legal bar in 1933.
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1908Cole's Pacific Electric BuffetDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1908Philippe The OriginalChinatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Both Philippe's and Cole's claim to have invented the
French Dip Sandwich, but the debate is now settled.
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1910-1919
1910Saddle Peak LodgeMonte Nido
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
The opening year of the lodge is an estimate.
The current restaurant opened in 1985.
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1912The Polo LoungeBeverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
With this name since 1941.
Formerly known as Le Jardin.
 
1915Cletus' Chicken ShackUniversal City
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Most recently called Doc Brown's Chicken, Universal Studios
has been selling chicken to the public here since 1915.
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1915Fair Oaks Pharmacy
& Soda Fountain
South Pasadena
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
Formerly known as Raymond Pharmacy.*
1915La Luz del Día RestaurantDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
At this location since 1959. Opened in 1915 as
a market which changed locations a few times.
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1915Townhouse
& The Del Monte Speakeasy
Venice, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Originally known as Menotti's. 
1917San Antonio WineryLincoln Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
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1918The Golden SpurGlendora
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
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1918St. Francis FountainMission District,
City & County of San Francisco
Opened in 1918, dining room redone in 1948, neon sign added
in 1954, more renovations done in 2002.
 
1918White House RestaurantLaguna Beach
Orange County
  
1919Musso & Frank GrillHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1920
1920Barney's Beanery
(West Hollywood)
West Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1920Phil's Diner
TJ's Sweetie Pie's NoHo
North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally in West Adams (built 1920 or 1926).
Located next on Chandler Boulevard (1945-1998).
Reopened and closed on Lankershim Blvd. in 2011.
Reopened in 2015 with a reality show and new name.
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1921
1921Pacific Dining CarWestlake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1922
1922The Derby RestaurantArcadia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
At this location since 1931.*
1922Mary's Market & Canyon CafeSierra Madre
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
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1922Silver Dollar Pancake HouseCorona
Riverside County
The restaurant was built in 1922 and it's been a
Silver Dollar Pancake House since the 1950s.
 
1922Tam O'ShanterAtwater Village, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
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1922Visalia Tea GardenVisalia
Tulare County
  
1923
1923El CholoKoreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
At this location since 1927.*
1924
1924Joe Jost'sLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
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1924La Golondrina Mexican CafeDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1924Original Pantry CafeDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1925
1925Bay Cities DeliSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1925El Cid RestaurantSilver Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Opened in 1925 as the Jail Cafe.
In 1932, it became the Gateway Theater.
And in 1963, it became El Cid Restaurant.
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1925Formosa CafeWest Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1926
1926Cook's CornerTrabuco Canyon (uninc. Lake Forest)
Orange County
The building itself dates back to 1884. 
1926Funky Garcia'sGaslamp Quarter, San Diego
San Diego County
Formerly known as Sun Cafe from 1926-2009,
but now known as Funky Garcia's At Sun Cafe.
 
1926Greenblatt's DelicatessenHollywood Hills West, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1926Lanza Brothers MarketLincoln Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
  
1926Millie's CafeSilver Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
It had a different name prior to 1984.*
1927
1927Ercolés BarManhattan Beach
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1927Furnace Creek InnDeath Valley National Park
Inyo County
  
1927Pig 'N WhistleHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Operated from 1927 to about 1953. Closed and gutted.
Masters Mart, Cheap Feet, and Numero Uno were there.
Restoration began in 1999. Pig 'N Whistle reopened in 2001.
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1927The PrinceKoreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Windsor Apartments opened 1927 with a courtyard restaurant.
It became The Windsor in 1949 and The Prince in 1991.
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1927Taix French Country CuisineEcho Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
At this location since 1962.*
1928
1928Joe's CafeSanta Barbara
Santa Barbara County
Formerly located at 512 State Street.
At its current location since 1985.
 
1928La Paloma Mexican RestaurantLa Verne
Los Angeles County [Pomona Valley]
Built in 1928 as Wilson's Sandwich Shop.
It then became Wilson's Steakhouse until 1962.
After renovation, it opened as La Paloma in 1966.
 
1929
1929Charlie Brown FarmsLittlerock
Los Angeles County [Antelope Valley]
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1929Eastside Market Italian DeliChinatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1929Golden Chicken InnOxnard
Ventura County
This is the oldest known remaining
restaurant in Ventura County.
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1929The Original Shrimp PlaceDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Possibly originally located in
the Grand Central Market.
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1929The Rock InnLake Hughes
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
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1929Wendill's Chicken HousePacoima, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
This place became a Thai restaurant in 1984. The new
owners kept the name and the original chicken recipe.
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1930
1930Brighton Coffee ShopBeverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1930El Paseo InnDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Opened in 1930 elsewhere on Olvera Street.
Moved here in 1953. The building dates to 1870.
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1930Russell's CafePasadena
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
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1931
1931Canter's Delicatessen & BakeryFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Originally in Boyle Heights L.A. until 1973. A second location
opened in 1948 and then moved to the current spot in 1953.
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1931El Coyote Spanish CafeFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1931George Petrelli's Steak HouseCulver City
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1931Halfway House CafeCanyon Country (unincorporated)
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
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1931Harvelle's Blues ClubSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1931Peking RestaurantNorth Park, San Diego
San Diego County
Originally the Cho Book You Restaurant, but in 1935 it
became Peking Restaurant (aka Pekin Cafe Chop Suey).
 
1932
1932Belly Buster Sandwich ShoppeAlhambra
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
An older business was here since 1932.
Belly Buster opened in 1973.
 
1932Hill GrillDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Originally known as White Log Coffee Shop.
Recently Tony's Burger, El Comedor De Lolita's, Maya's Kitchen.
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1933
1933Jack's Whittier RestaurantWhittier
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1933Las Cuatro MilpasBarrio Logan, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1933Waterfront Bar & GrillLittle Italy, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1934
1934Frolic RoomHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1934The GalleySanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1934Magee's KitchenFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1934Mrs. Knott's Chicken DinnerKnott's Berry Farm, Buena Park
Orange County
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1934Tobey's 19th Hole CafeBalboa Park, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1935
1935Clifton's CafeteriaDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Closed in 2010 for major restorations.
Reopened in September 2015.
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1935Melvyn's Restaurant & LoungePalm Springs
Riverside County
Also known as Ingleside Inn.
Renovated and reopened in 1975.
 
1935Rainbow Bar & GrillWest Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Formerly known as the Villa Nova.
It became the Rainbow Bar & Grill in 1972.
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1935Tommaso's Ristorante ItalianoNorth Beach,
City & County of San Francisco
  
1936
1936Bristol Farms
(West Hollywood)
West Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
The classic restaurant Chasen's was here from 1936-1995.
The exterior façade and part of the dining room (booths
and wall paneling in the grocery store cafe) still remain.
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1936Familia DiazSanta Paula
Ventura County
Historical landmark.
Formerly known as Las Quince Letras.
 
1936Tom Bergin's TavernMid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Moved from 6110 Wilshire Blvd to here in 1949.
After two closures in the early 2010s, it reopened.
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1937
1937Algemac's Coffee ShopGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
Closed in 2005, but the empty façade has been incorporated
into the community center of the City Lights Apartments.
 
1937Arnoldi's CafeSanta Barbara
Santa Barbara County
At its current location since 1940. 
1937Damon's Steak HouseGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
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1937El Patio CafeCapistrano Beach, Dana Point
Orange County
  
1937Mitla CaféSan Bernardino
San Bernardino County
  
1938
1938Chicken Pie ShopNorth Park, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1938Du-par'sFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1938Lawry's The Prime RibBeverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1938Phoenix BakeryChinatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1939
1939Art's Chili Dog StandManchester Square, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
Moved to this location in 1944. 
1939Harbor House CafeSunset Beach, Huntington Beach
Orange County
  
1939Hawkins House of BurgersWillowbrook (uninc. Watts, Los Angeles)
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
The Hawkins family first opened this place as a malt shop, then
it became a grocery store, then burgers in the 1980s.
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1939Newcomb's Ranch
Restaurant & Bar
Angeles Crest
Los Angeles County [Angeles Crest]
Rebuilt after a fire in 1976.*
1939Pink's Hot DogsFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1939Sariñana's Tamale FactorySanta Ana
Orange County
  
1939Vince's MarketAtwater Village, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
  
1940
1940El IndioMission Hills, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1940The Habit Drive-ThruVisalia
Tulare County
Tad's Drive-In in 1940, Nielson's Drive-In in the 1950s, then
Mearle's Drive-In from 1961-2006. Opened as The Habit in 2011.
 
1940Ricci's Italian RestaurantBellflower
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1940Tal's CafeHyde Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
Opened in 1940, but at this location since 1947.*
1941
1941Bun 'N BurgerAlhambra
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1941Cafe La MazeNational City
San Diego County
  
1941Clayton's Coffee ShopCoronado
San Diego County
  
Bef
1941
Colonial Kitchen RestaurantSan Marino
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
The restaurant opened prior to 1941,
but the exact year is currently unknown.
 
1941Hop Louie RestaurantChinatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Formerly known as Jade Pagoda.
Originally known as Golden Pagoda.
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1941Idle Hour CafeNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly also known as La Caña Restaurant.
Closed in 1984, but reopened in February 2015.
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1941The Old PlaceCornell
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
Formerly Hank's Country Store & Cornell Post Office.
Opened as The Old Place in 1970.
 
1941Snack Shack OriginalCentral-Alameda, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
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1941Snug HarborSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1942
1942Manuel's Original El Tepeyac CafeBoyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
At this location since 1955.*
1942Salsa & Beer
(North Hollywood)
Sun Valley, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Built in 1942. Hecker's Frontier BBQ (pre-1950 to 1960).
The Quail Restaurant (1960-1972). Puerta Del Sol (1972-????).
Que Pasa (????-2010). Salsa & Beer (2010-present).
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1943
1943Twohey's RestaurantAlhambra
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
At this location since the 1950s.*
1944
1944Carrillo's TortilleriaSan Fernando
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1944Dolores RestaurantSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Closed due to a fire in December 2012.
Will it come back?
 
1944Hob Nob HillBankers Hill, San Diego
San Diego County
Formerly known as Juniper Café, Melody Grill,
Dorothy's Oven. At this location since 1946.
 
1944Walker's CafeSan Pedro, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
Known as Cuddles prior to 1944, possibly back to 1936,
but this is currently unconfirmed.
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1945
1945Barone's Famous
Italian Restaurant
Valley Glen, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Opened 1945, Sherman Oaks. Moved to 2nd spot until 2006.
Current location is formerly Hoppe's Old Heidelberg
which opened 1958 (and was Matterhorn Chef, 1994-2006).
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1945Chronis Famous Sandwich ShopEast Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
Moved to this location in 1953. 
1945Nate 'n Al's DelicatessanBeverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1945Vince's SpaghettiOntario
San Bernardino County
Opened in 1945 as a French dip stand.
It became Vince's Spaghetti in 1946.
 
1946
1946Anthony's Fish GrottoDowntown, San Diego
San Diego County
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1946Billingsley'sSawtelle Japantown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1946Camacho's PlaceEl Centro
Imperial County
  
1946Casa Escobar (Westlake Village)Thousand Oaks
Ventura County
The family opened a West L.A. taqueria in 1924, with the
first Casa Escobar opening in 1946. This location in
the Westlake Village neighborhood opened more recently.
 
1946Chili John'sBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The original Chili John's opened
in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1913.
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1946Chris' & Pitt's #4 (Bellflower)Bellflower
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1946Clearman's Steak 'n SteinPico Rivera
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1946Club Tee GeeAtwater Village, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
While the neon sign makes it look like Club Tee Yee, it's
definitely Tee Gee, named for Neal Tracy and Joe Grzybowski.
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1946Dorothy's Chuck WagonCamarillo
Ventura County
Formerly known as Larry's Malt Shop.
Formerly known as Carmen's.
 
1946El TecoloteCamarillo
Ventura County
At this location since 1952.
Formerly located in Moorpark.
 
1946Gus's BarbecueSouth Pasadena
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
Formerly Hamburger Mac's.
Opened in 1946 as Gus's Barbecue.
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1946Hot Dog on a StickSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
This was the first location for this large chain.*
1946Hot 'N TotLomita
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
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1946Jolly JugEl Monte
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1946Mazzarino's Italian RestaurantSherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Moved to this location in 1956.*
1946Nick's Coffee ShopPico-Robertson, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1946Original Tommy's HamburgersWestlake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1946Paul's KitchenDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
The Los Angeles Times published
a good history of this place.
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1946Pecos Bill's BBQGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
  
1946Rod's GrillArcadia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
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1946Slavko's Harbor PoultrySan Pedro, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
The family has sold chickens since 1922, but it bought
this restaurant space in 1946.
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1946Smoke House RestaurantBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Opened in 1946 at Pass Avenue & Riverside Drive. Moved in
1948 to its current location (a restaurant space called
Red Coach Inn that was built in 1947 but never opened).
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1946Snow White CafeHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Previously known as the
Snow White Waffle Shop.
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1946Tail o' the PupBeverly Grove, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Beverly Grove, 1946-1980s. West Hollywood, 1980s-2005.
Currently a food truck, but soon to be restored in Downtown L.A.
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1946Tony's JacalSolana Beach
San Diego County
  
1947
1947The Apple PanWest L.A., Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
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1947Circus DonutsHarbor Gateway, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
Built in 1947. Current ownership since 1997. 
1947Great White HutGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
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1947Langer's DelicatessenWestlake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1947Lupe's Mexican RestaurantThousand Oaks
Ventura County
  
1947Mel's Drive-In
(Sherman Oaks)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly known as Kerry's Coffee Shop.
Opened as Mel's Drive-In in December 1989.
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1947Mike's Original DinerCastaic
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
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1947Reel Inn Fresh Fish
Market & Restaurant
Topanga Beach (uninc. Malibu)
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
Formerly Marino's, The Zoo, El Gordo's, and The Raft.
Dates to 1947 with the current business open since 1986.
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1947Valley Inn Restaurant & BarEncino, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
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1948
1948Cindy's RestaurantEagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
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1948Dominick'sWest Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1948El Adobe De CapistranoSan Juan Capistrano
Orange County
Parts of the building date to 1797 and 1812. 
1948Factor's Famous DeliPico-Robertson, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1948Geoffrey's MalibuMalibu
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
Formerly the Holiday House Restaurant & Hotel,
designed by Richard Neutra. Became Geoffrey's in 1983.
 
1948HMS BountyKoreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1948Jax at the Tracks Truckee DinerTruckee
Placer County
This was originally a 1948 Kullman Dining Car Company diner
called Birmingham Grille, but it was moved from Philadelphia
to Truckee between 1992-1995. Previously Andy's Truckee Diner.
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1948Leo's Mexican FoodLawndale
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
Moved to its current location in 1976. 
1948Nick's CafeChinatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
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1948Red Tracton'sSolana Beach
San Diego County
  
1948Sinaloa Mexican RestaurantBakersfield
Kern County
  
1949
1949Original Bill's Taco HouseHistoric South-Central, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
 *
1949Bobby's Coffee ShopWoodland Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1949Bob's Big Boy (Burbank)Burbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
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1949Buggy Whip Steak HouseWestchester, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
This place closed in October 2013.
Will it be permanent?
 
1949El Sarape RestaurantRiverside
Riverside County
  
1949Filippi's Pizza GrottoLittle Italy, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1949Miceli's Italian Restaurant
(Hollywood)
Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1949Patsy D'Amore's PizzaFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Located at the
3rd & Fairfax Farmers Market.
 
1949The Red OnionRolling Hills Estates
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1949Rudford's RestaurantNorth Park, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1949Sportsman Restaurant & LoungeVentura
Ventura County
  
1950
1950The ArsenalSawtelle Japantown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1950Ernie Jr.'s Taco HouseEagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
At this location from 1973 until it closed in April 2014.
Will it reopen or will something else move in instead?
 
1950Golden Bull RestaurantPacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1950Irv's BurgersWest Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Closed on 30 October 2013, but they soon found
a new West Hollywood home nearby.
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1950Kindle's DonutsWestmont
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
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1950La Chiquita RestaurantLogan, Santa Ana
Orange County
  
1951
1951Crab CookerBalboa Peninsula, Newport Beach
Orange County
  
1951Gary Bric's RampSun Valley, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Monte's, 1951-??. Kredel & Fuhrman Enterprises, at least 1971.
The Ramp, 1975-1983. Gazan's Steak & Seafood, 1983-1988.
Conrad's Bar & Grill, 1988-1993. Apr 1993-, Gary Bric's Ramp.
The current owner was the mayor of Burbank from 2009-2010.
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1951Grant GrillDowntown, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1951Harbor HutMorro Bay
San Luis Obispo County
  
1951The HatAlhambra
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1951Olympic Coffee ShopSylmar, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
James' Drive-In, 1951-1957. Jim Bill's Restaurant, 1957-1971.
Dimitri's, 1971-1984. Olympic Coffee Shop, 1984-present.
*
1952
1952Dal RaePico Rivera
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1952Ernie's Mexican RestaurantToluca Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1952Giuliano's DelicatessenGardena
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
  
1952In-N-Out Burger
(Pasadena)
Pasadena
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
Fourth In-N-Out restaurant built,
but it's the oldest restaurant still remaining.
 
1952Johnnie's PastramiCulver City
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1952Josie's PlaceGardena
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
 *
1952Little Toni's Italian RestaurantNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The current restaurant dates to 1956. Previously, it was
jazz club Cottage Italia, operated by a Frank Lamendola,
which dates to pre-1952. What year did that place open?
*
1952Melody Bar & GrillWestchester, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1952Ming's Chinese FoodBellflower
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1952Randy's DonutsInglewood
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1952Tony's on the PierRedondo Beach
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1952Tuxie's Drive-InRiverside
Riverside County
  
1953
1953Chris' & Pitt's #6 (Downey)Downey
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
 *
1953George's 50's DinerBixby Knolls, Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
Grisinger's Drive-In Coffee Shop, 1953-1965. Lyman's, 1965-1971.
Terry's Coffee Shop, 1971-1996. George's 50s Drive-In from 1996.
*
1953James Family RestaurantSan Fernando
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1953Jim's Burgers #10
(Boyle Heights)
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
Jim's Burgers since 1972, but it was something else
back to 1953. What was it before Jim's?
*
1953Larry's Chili DogBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1953McDonald'sDowney
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
Oldest extant McDonald's restaurant.*
1953Nena's RestaurantSan Bernardino
San Bernardino County
  
1953Taylor's SteakhouseKoreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1953Ye Loy Chinese FoodTemple City
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
 *
1954
1954The Bear Pit Bar-B-QueMission Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Started in the 1940s as a BBQ shack
in Newhall, Santa Clarita.
 
1954Colombo's Italian SteakhouseEagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
  
1954Domenico's Italian Restaurant
(Long Beach)
Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
  
1954Dresden RestaurantLos Feliz, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1954Petrillo's Pizza RestaurantSan Gabriel
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1954Stevens Steak & Seafood HouseCommerce
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1954Stox Restaurant & BakeryDowney
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
Opened as a hamburger stand in Huntington Park in 1954.
At this location since 1962.
 
195436/36 ClubLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
 *
1954Venice Pizza HouseNormal Heights, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1954Wool Growers RestaurantBakersfield
Kern County
 *
1955
1955Andre's Drive-In
(Niles Street)
Bakersfield
Kern County
  
1955Bali Hai RestaurantShelter Island, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1955Casa Bianca Pizza PieEagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
 *
1955Chips RestaurantHawthorne
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1955Dale's DonutsCompton
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
 *
1955Fox's RestaurantAltadena
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
 *
1955Joyce's Coffee Shop & RestaurantNorthridge, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1955La Bella Pizza GardenChula Vista
San Diego County
  
1955La Palma Chicken Pie ShopAnaheim
Orange County
Closed in 2016.
Will the new place there continue the traditions?
 
1955Magic Lamp InnRancho Cucamonga
San Bernardino County
Formerly known as Lucy & John's Cafe and built
in the 1940s, but what year was that?
*
1955Plaza InnDisneyland, Anaheim
Orange County
Formerly known as Red Wagon Inn.*
1955Prince O' WhalesPlaya Del Rey, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Formerly known as the Bowspirit.
It became the Prince O' Whales in 1972.
*
1955The Sire Bar & GrillRiverside
Riverside County
  
1955Trader Vic'sBeverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
The original restaurant is gone and
is replaced by a poolside cafe.
*
1955The Venice RoomMonterey Park
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
 *
1956
1956Beeps DinerVan Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1956Bellflower BagelsBellflower
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
 *
1956Carla's Drive-InBakersfield
Kern County
The building was built in 1956, but it's probably
had other business names over the years.
 
1956Casa VegaSherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1956Domenick's Pizza HouseCarson
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1956Johnny's Pastrami on AdamsJefferson Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
 *
1956Munch BoxChatsworth, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1956The Original Park PantryLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
  
1956Otomisan RestaurantBoyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
  
1956The Ranch HouseMeiners Oaks (uninc. Ojai)
Ventura County
 *
1956Tom's Burgers & PastramiEast Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
  
1957
1957Andre's Drive-In
(Brundage Lane)
Bakersfield
Kern County
  
1957Azteca Mexican RestaurantGarden Grove
Orange County
Originally opened in 1957 then moved here in 1980.
Features a huge collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.
 
1957Antonio's Pizzeria
and Italian Restaurant
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Briefly known in 1957 as Miceli's before founder Antonio Miceli
changed its name to reflect a new direction from his brothers.
*
1957Art's Delicatessen & RestaurantStudio City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1957Galley CafeNewport Beach
Orange County
 *
1957Goody's RestaurantEl Monte
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
Located in San Gabriel until 2010
then moved to a newer building in El Monte.
*
1957KnowlwoodAnaheim Hills, Anaheim
Orange County
 *
1957La Casa Honduras RestaurantWestmont
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
Originally a Stan Kite Restaurant in 1957. It became
Waffle Factory in 2008. It is now La Casa Honduras.
 
1957My Brother's Bar-B-QWoodland Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Closed in February 2016. Will it reopen? 
1957Norm's RestaurantBeverly Grove, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1957Ozzie's DinerCommerce
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1957Red Sails Inn RestaurantShelter Island, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1957Safari RoomMission Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1957Simply WholesomeView Park-Windsor Hills
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
Originally The Wich Stand from 1957-1987,
but now Simply Wholesome.
 
1958
1958Astro Family RestaurantSilver Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Originally Donly's Restaurant then Conrad's Restaurant
before becoming Astro Family Restaurant.
 
1958Cafetales RestaurantInglewood
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
Originally known as Sherri's Coffee Shop. 
1958Casa De SoriaVentura
Ventura County
  
1958Corky's Restaurant & BarSherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly Stanley Burke's Coffee Shop.
Formerly The Lamplighter.
*
1958The Daily GrindLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
 *
1958ContinentalBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly the very first IHOP Restaurant.
It was Mo's Restaurant from 1995-2015.
Briefly opened then closed as Continental.
*
1958Jim's Burgers #1
(Bell)
Bell
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
Same restaurant all the way to 1958, but the place did
burn down at some point in the 1960s, so it was rebuilt.
*
1958Jim's Burgers
(La Puente)
Valinda (uninc. La Puente)
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1958Napoleone Pizza HouseNational City
San Diego County
  
1958Neptune's NetOld Malibu (uninc. Malibu)
Ventura County
 *
1958Nino's Italian RestaurantLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
  
1958Norwood Bar & LoungeNorth Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The bar says Est. 1965, but the building was built in 1957, they
got a business license around May 1958, and the first ad for
Norwood was in the Van Nuys News newspaper on 28 Aug 1958.
*
1958Pann's Restaurant & Coffee ShopWestchester, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1958The Pizza ShowHawthorne
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1958Rae's RestaurantSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1958Sandwiches By Connal'sPasadena
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
  
1959
1959Ay Papa Que Rico (Arleta)Arleta, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly known as Shoestring Restaurant,
it became an Ay Papa Que Rico in 2015.
*
1959Chez Jay RestaurantSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1959Dinah's Family RestaurantWestchester, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1959Marty's Hamburger StandCheviot Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
  1959Mel's Drive-In
(Santa Monica)
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Penguin Coffee Shop, 1959-1991. Western Dental, 1991-2016.
Currently rebuilding into a Mel's Drive-In. Opening 2017 or 2018.
 
1959North Hollywood DinerNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Previously known as Sitton's North Hollywood Diner,
and Andrew's North Hollywood Diner.
*
1959Peter's El LocoWest Covina
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
Originally a Taco Paco in 1959 and it became El Loco in 1971.
Formerly Manny's El Loco and now Peter's El Loco.
 
1959Pizza BuonaEcho Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
This place closed in December 2015
and will move somewhere else eventually.
 
1959The Potholder Cafe P3Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
Formerly Dari Delite Drive-In, OK Burger, and Long Beach
Vegan Eatery before becoming The Potholder Cafe P3 in 2015.
 
1959Red Fox SteakhouseNorth Park, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1959Red Lion TavernSilver Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1959Tallyrand RestaurantBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1959Tito's TacosCulver City
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1959Tortilla InnNorthridge, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1960
1960Domenico's Italian Restaurant
(Pasadena)
Altadena
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
  
1960Eat at Joe'sRedondo Beach
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
It became Joe's in 1969, but it was a smaller hamburger
stand with various names back to about 1960.
*
1960Harry's Coffee ShopLa Jolla, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1960Jim's Famous ¼ Pound BurgerRosemead
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1960La Villa BasqueVernon
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
Recently lost its historical features. 
1960Mom's BurgersCompton
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
The place has been Mom's Burgers since 1975, but, previously,
it was Richie's Drive-In which goes back to at least 1960.
*
1960Paty's RestaurantToluca Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly known as Gaby's Restaurant.*
1960Rigo's Taco #6North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally a Denny's Coffee Shop and later a Ken's Coffee Shop.
It became a Rigo's Taco in 1993.
*
1960Sharky's Mexican Grill
(Studio City)
Studio City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly Twain's Restaurant, closed in 2014.*
1960Yamashiro HollywoodHollywood Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
The house itself was built in 1914.
The property has a pagoda that's ~600 years old.
*
1961
1961Apollo Restaurant
(aka Apollo Char-Burger Grill)
Burbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally opened as a Beep's Drive-In Restaurant.*
1961Arthur's RestaurantDowney
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1961Canton City RestaurantMontebello
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1961Casa De PizzaGranada Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1961Dino's PizzaBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
First built in 1961, but it's currently unknown
what its original name was, nor when it became Dino's.
*
1961Driftwood Dairy Drive-ThruEl Monte
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
The dairy farms date back to before 1946.
This location was originally known as Driftyland Dairy-Port.
 
1961Eat'n ParkBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Built in 1961, unknown name. Eat'n Park since at least 1988.
But is the contraction meant to be Eat & Park or Eating Park?
*
1961El Mercado De Los AngelesBoyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
Includes the El Mercadito Mariachi Restaurant.*
1961Garduno'sMontebello
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1961Harold's House of OmelettesThousand Oaks
Ventura County
  
1961Hinano CafeVenice, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1961Mama Petrillo'sTemple City
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
Owned by this family since 1961,
but does the restaurant itself date further back?
 
1961Mario's Italian DeliGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
  
1961Ports 'O Call Waterfront DiningSan Pedro, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
 *
1961The Rock StoreCornell
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
 *
1961Sam's Charbroiled BurgersNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Taco Don's since at least 1961. Maybe other names after.
Known as Sam's Charbroiled Burgers since at least 1991.
*
1961Theme BuildingWestchester, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
The Theme Building was built 1961. Encounter Restaurant was
there from 1997 to Dec 2013. The space is currently empty.
*
1961Uncle Bill's Pancake HouseManhattan Beach
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1962
1962Angelo's Italian RestaurantAlhambra
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1962Chee Chinese RestaurantLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
  
1962Chimneysweep LoungeSherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1962Cupid's Hot Dogs
(Canoga Park)
Winnetka, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The original Cupid's Hot Dogs opened
in North Hollywood in 1946, but it's now gone.
*
1962Dear John's RestaurantCulver City
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1962El CholoLa Habra
Orange County
  
1962Foster's Freeze (Eagle Rock)Eagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
 *
1962La CaveCosta Mesa
Orange County
  
1962Mariscos ColimaNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Previously Triple J Bar, Scorpio Club, and possibly Roger's.
Became Mariscos Colima (owned by Rigo's Tacos #6) in Nov 1998.
*
1962Mel's Drive-In
(West Hollywood)
West Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Formerly Ben Frank's Restaurant which closed in 1995.
Opened as Mel's Drive-In in 1997.
*
1962Sorrento's RestaurantSan Pedro, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
  
1962Twin Dragon Shanghai CuisinePico-Robertson, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1962Viva CantinaBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Also known as Cody Bryant's Viva Cantina.
Formerly known as Viva Fresh.
*
1963
1963Andre's Italian RestaurantMid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1963Bonanza Coffee ShopLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
This Western-themed Mexican restaurant has changed
hands a few times, but it's always had the same name.
*
1963La CabañaVenice, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1963Capri Italian RestaurantEagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
  
1963Casita Del CampoSilver Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1963The CastawayBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1963El Paso Barbecue CompanyTarzana, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally the Scandia Village Smorgasboard and then
Pizza Vino Italian Restaurant. It's been El Paso since 1977.
*
1963Golden StarLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
 *
1963Magic CastleHollywood Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
The original building was built in 1908.*
1963Matteo's RestaurantWest L.A., Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1963NoHo CafeValley Village, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Formerly Tacos El Toro.*
1963Old TriesteBay Park, San Diego
San Diego County
  
1963Pasty KitchenLos Alamitos
Orange County
 *
1963Pie 'n BurgerPasadena
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
 *
1963The San FranciscanTorrance
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1964
1964Arry's Super BurgersMontebello
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1964Dan Tana's RestaurantWest Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1964Foxy's RestaurantGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
  
1964Giamela's Submarine SandwichesAtwater Village, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
 *
1964Hong Kong InnVentura
Ventura County
Closed on 30 November 2012. 
1964Lucy's El Adobe CafeLarchmont, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1964Mama's Chicken & MarketHyde Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
Started out as a small hamburger stand. 
1964My Hero Submarine
Sandwich Shoppe
Northridge, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1964Pipers RestaurantKoreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1964The Talpa RestaurantSawtelle Japantown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1964Vic's Thai FoodValley Glen, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally Poochy's Hot Dog Stand, it became Vic's by 1978.
Owned by Vichian Pinkoompee. Also known as Vic's Food To Go.
*
1964Victorio's RistoranteNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1965
1965Bill's BurgersVan Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Opened 1965, aka Bill's & Hiroko's. I asked the grumpy
owner the name of the original pre-1965 restaurant here,
and he growled, "Who gives a shit anymore? They're dead."
*
1965Capitol BurgerMid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1965Captain Jack's Prime Rib
& Seafood Restaurant
Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach
Orange County
  
1965Cupid's Hot Dogs
(Northridge)
Northridge, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The original Cupid's Hot Dogs opened
in North Hollywood in 1946, but it's now gone.
 
1965Five CrownsCorona Del Mar, Newport Beach
Orange County
  
1965Frank's RestaurantBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1965Haskell's Prospector
Steakhouse & Saloon
Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
 *
1965Le Petit ChateauNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1965Mama Cozza's Italian RestaurantAnaheim
Orange County
  
1965The Mexican VillageKoreatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1965Phoenix InnChinatown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1965Quickie Dog & Taco QuickieBell Gardens
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
 *
1965The Steak CorralWest Whittier-Los Nietos
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1965Tony's Bella Vista RestaurantBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1965Woody's WharfNewport Beach
Orange County
  
1966
1966The Admiral RistyRancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1966Clearman's North Woods Inn
(San Gabriel)
East San Gabriel
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
 *
1966El Chavo RestaurantLos Feliz, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1966Fortune Cookies RestaurantLos Alamitos
Orange County
DJ's Drive-In at least by 1966. Tong's Satay House by 1973.
Unknown when it became Fortune Cookies Restaurant.
*
1966Golden Bowl Charbroiled
Teriyaki #6
Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
Originally a Taco Bell from 1966 to sometime after 1977. 
1966La Dolce Vita Beverly HillsBeverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1966Little Tony's Italian RestaurantOxnard
Ventura County
  
1966Monte Carlo Italian Deli
and Pinocchio's Restaurant
Burbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The deli dates back to at least 1966, perhaps earlier.
It was bought in 1969 by a new owner who
added the restaurant in 1971.
*
1966Rincón Taurino RestaurantPanorama City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Built 1966 as Sandy's Restaurant. Tiny Naylor's at least 1973-1977.
Denny's in at least 1987. Rincón Taurino at least by 1996.
 
1967
1967Benjie's DeliSanta Ana
Orange County
  
1967Blue Bayou RestaurantDisneyland, Anaheim
Orange County
 *
1967Brent's Delicatessen & RestaurantNorthridge, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1967Casa Escobar (Santa Monica)Santa Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1967Clearman's North Woods Inn
(Covina)
Covina
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
 *
1967Club 33Disneyland, Anaheim
Orange County
 *
1967Denny's Diner (Arcadia)Arcadia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
Originally Van de Kamp's Holland Dutch Bakery, the windmill
broke in 1989 when Denny's took over, but was restored in 2016.
 
1967Dinah's Fried ChickenGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
 *
1967Di Pilla's Italian RestaurantRosemead
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1967Jimmy's Charbroiled BurgersSun Valley, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Orginally a Tastee Freez from at least 1967-1976 (the A-frame
building might be 1948). Jimmy's Burgers since at least 1988.
*
1967Lee's MarketWatts, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
  
1967Los Toros Mexican RestaurantChatsworth, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1967Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse
(San Dimas)
San Dimas
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1967Proud BirdWestchester, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1967Queens Char BurgersVan Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally a Taco Bell, but what year did that change?*
1967Scarantino's Italian InnGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
  
1967Taco Lita #15Arcadia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1967Tomorrowland TerraceDisneyland, Anaheim
Orange County
 *
1967Vintage Hollywood
Sports Bar & Grill
Arlington Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Originally a Stan Kite Restaurant in 1967. Later known as
Safari and then Mixed Nuts. Currently Vintage Hollywood.
 
1967Zig's RestaurantReseda, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1968
1968Alpine VillageWest Carson (uninc. Torrance)
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
Features an annual Oktoberfest festival.*
1968Arby's Restaurant #150Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Note the vintage old neon sign.*
1968Arby's Restaurant #215Huntington Beach
Orange County
Note the vintage old neon sign,
and the original curved roof.
 
1968Backwoods InnCanyon Country, Santa Clarita
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
  
1968Brolly HutInglewood
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
 *
1968Folliero's Italian Food & PizzaHighland Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
  
1968Goat Hill TavernCosta Mesa
Orange County
Previously known as Zeb's World Famous Boathouse and then
Henry & Harry's Goat Hill Tavern. Now just Goat Hill Tavern.
 
1968Polly's Pies Bakery Cafe
(Fullerton)
Fullerton
Orange County
This first location of the local chain opened 1 November 1968. 
1968Sabroso Mexican RestaurantWinnetka, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1968Tacos Mexico (Van Nuys)Van Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Arby's Restaurant from 1968 to sometime after 1980. In 1999, it
was a Que Ricos. At least by 2002, it was Tacos Mexico.
 
1969
1969A & T Burgers
(11318 Avalon Boulevard)
Green Meadows, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
Formerly a Jim Dandy Fried Chicken from 1969-1983.
It has been A & T Burgers from 1983 to the present.
Another A & T Burgers is at 9401 Avalon Blvd. (since 2007).
*
1969The CellarFullerton
Orange County
  
1969Chico's Pizza ParlorLynwood
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
Opened prior to 1969, but the date is currently unknown.
Site of Chateau Restaurant to at least 1959, and Ivan's to 1945.
*
1969Don Cuco Mexican RestaurantBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1969Dr. Hogly Wogly's
Tyler Texas BBQ
Panorama City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1969El Migueleno RestaurantAdams-Normandie, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
  
1969Francelli's Italian RestaurantLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
  
1969Golden Ox BurgersMontebello
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1969Harold & Belle'sJefferson Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
  
1969Hong Kong RestaurantCorona
Riverside County
  
1969House of PiesLos Feliz, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1969Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
(Gramercy Park)
Gramercy Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
 *
1969Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
(Vermont Vista)
Vermont Vista, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
 *
1969Lancer's RestaurantBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1969La Poubelle BistroHollywood Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1969La Villa Mexican Food
Restaurant
El Camino Village
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1969Moreno's RestaurantEl Modena, Orange
Orange County
The building was a Quaker Church
that was built in 1887.
 
1969Penny's BurgersHighland Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
 *
1969The Spaghetti BenderNewport Beach
Orange County
  
1969Taco TreatArcadia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1970
1970Antonio's RestaurantFairfax, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1970The Baked PotatoStudio City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1970Cactus Patch RestaurantMoorpark
Ventura County
  
1970Jim's Burgers #8
(East Los Angeles)
East Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
  
1970Le Sanglier French RestaurantTarzana, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1970Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse
(Colton)
Colton
San Bernardino County
 *
1970The Potholder Cafe TooLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
Previously The Grinder Restaurant and Carnitas Michoacan.
It became The Potholder Cafe Too in 2013.
 
1970Rib Ranch BBQWoodland Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Originally opened in 1970 in North Hills,
and then moved to Woodland Hills in 1973.
*
1971
1971Alfredo's Granada
Mexican Restaurant
Burbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1971Angelo's & Vinci's RistoranteFullerton
Orange County
  
1971Benihana (Beverly Hills)Beverly Hills
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1971Cables RestaurantWoodland Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Previously known as
Page's Restaurant & Coffee Shop.
*
1971The Gardens of TaxcoWest Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1971Howard's Famous Bacon
& Avocado Burgers
Palms, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1971In-N-Out Burger
(North Hollywood)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
According to the date etched into the counter (more places
should do that!), this restaurant opened on 10 May 1971.
*
1971Pete's HamburgersSouth Gate
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
 *
1971Polly's Pies Bakery Cafe
(Orange)
Orange
Orange County
This location opened on 8 November 1971. 
1971Way Station Coffee ShopNewhall, Santa Clarita
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
 *
1971Ye Rustic InnLos Feliz, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1972
1972Carmine's Restaurant & BarWestwood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Also known as Carmine's II Cafe. 
1972The Donut ManGlendora
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
 *
1972Good Neighbor RestaurantStudio City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1972The Hobbit RestaurantOrange
Orange County
  
1972King Cole PizzaBoyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
 *
1972La Frite CafeSherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1972Moonshadows MalibuMalibu
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
  
1972OomasaDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1972Orange Hill RestaurantOrange
Orange County
  
1972Oyster House Restaurant & SaloonStudio City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
The Stop (Disco) and Hamil's (Shish-Kebabs) might have
been on this site as far back as 1956. Need to verify.
*
1972Polly's Pies Bakery Cafe
(Long Beach / Atlantic)
Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
This first Long Beach location opened on 24 January 1972. 
1972Rusty PelicanNewport Beach
Orange County
  
1972The ShackPlaya Del Rey, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1972Suehiro CafeDowntown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1972ValentinoSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1972Willow Ranch RestaurantButtonwillow
Kern County
Known as Willow Ranch Restaurant since 1998.
It had other currently unknown names prior to that.
*
1973
1973Egg PlantationNewhall, Santa Clarita
Los Angeles County [Northwest County]
 *
1973Inn of the Seventh RayTopanga
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
 *
1973Izzy's DeliSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1973Patrick's RoadhousePacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Originally named Patrick's Place. 
1973Porto's Bakery & CafeGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
Started in Cuba in 1960. Opened in L.A. in 1973. Moved to
Glendale. Moved to this current location in the 1990s.
The popular Burbank location opened in 2006.
*
1973The Potholder CafeLong Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
The building was built in 1925. This space used to be
storefronts and part of the upstairs bed-and-breakfast.
*
1973Rosa's Mexican RestaurantHermosa Beach
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1974
1974Chowder BargeWilmington, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
 *
1974El FarolitoPlacentia
Orange County
  
1974George's Drive-InRiverside
Riverside County
  
1974King TacoCypress Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
  
1974Orange County Mining Co.North Tustin (unincorporated)
Orange County
  
1974Polly's Pies Bakery Cafe
(Santa Ana)
Santa Ana
Orange County
This location opened on 28 October 1974. 
1974Ristorante PepponeBrentwood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1974Ye Olde Kings HeadSanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1975
1975Bobo's Hamburgers (Lynwood)Lynwood
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1975Café TropicalSilver Lake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1975Carney's Restaurant (Sunset Strip)West Hollywood
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1975Clancy's Crab BroilerGlendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
 *
1975El Compadre RestaurantHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1975Moffett's Family Restaurant
& Chicken Pie Shoppe
Arcadia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1975Original Pizza CookeryWoodland Hills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1975Polly's Pies Bakery Cafe
(Los Alamitos)
Los Alamitos
Orange County
Previously Katella's Deli Restaurant & Bakery by at least 1975.
It became a Polly's Pies on 29 August 1989.
*
1975Roscoe's House of
Chicken & Waffles
Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1975ShibuchoWestlake, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1975Spires Restaurant
(Long Beach)
Long Beach
Los Angeles County [Harbor]
This was the fifteenth Spires to be built,
but today there are only seven restaurants remaining.
*
1975Tacos Mexico (Downtown L.A.)Downtown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
This was the first of almost 40 locations. It started as a food
truck in 1975, then this actual restaurant opened in 1980.
*
1976
1976Le Roy's RestaurantMonrovia
Los Angeles County [San Gabriel Valley]
  
1976Lulu's RestaurantVan Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1977
1977Brogino'sRedondo Beach
Los Angeles County [South Bay]
  
1977Buchanan Arms Restaurant & PubBurbank
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1977Dizz's As IsLaguna Beach
Orange County
  
1977Enterprise Fish Co.
(Santa Barbara)
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
  
1977Giamela's Lamplighter RestaurantChatsworth, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1977Harris Ranch Inn & RestaurantCoalinga (unincorporated)
Fresno County
 
*
1977Mary & Robb's Westwood CafeWestwood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1977Moun of TunisHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
  
1977Pat & Lorraine's Coffee ShopEagle Rock, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Northeast L.A.]
 *
1977Woody's Diner (Adams Avenue)Huntington Beach
Orange County
This has been a Woody's Diner since around 2008, and it was a
Denny's before that to at least 1977, but probably even earlier.
*
1978
1978La ParrillaBoyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
  
197894th Aero SquadronVan Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1978Old World Village
German Restaurant
Huntington Beach
Orange County
 *
1979
1979Big Jim's Family RestaurantSun Valley, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1979Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
(Olympic & San Vicente)
Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
Formerly a Pioneer Chicken until 2016. 
1979Coral Beach CantinaMalibu
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
 *
1979Country Deli RestaurantChatsworth, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1979Daglas Drive-InWinnetka, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
  
1979Enterprise Fish Co.
(Santa Monica)
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1979Guido's RestaurantSawtelle Japantown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
 *
1979Heart's Coffee ShopVan Nuys, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1979Jack's Classic HamburgersNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Jack Pinsker opened at Riverside & Colfax in 1985, but moved
here in 2001. Previously a Dave's Fried Chicken since 1979.
*
1979Pioneer Chicken (Bell Gardens)Bell Gardens
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1979Palermo Ristorante ItalianoLos Feliz, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1979SolidaritySanta Monica
Los Angeles County [Westside]
Formerly known as Warszawa,
but renamed and renovated in January 2016.
 
1980-2016
1980Casablanca RestaurantVenice, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Westside]
  
1980Miceli's Italian Restaurant
(Universal City)
Studio City, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
 *
1981Pioneer Chicken (Boyle Heights)Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Eastside]
  
1982Corrigan's SteakhouseThousand Oaks
Ventura County
This recent restaurant includes artifacts
from nearby defunct older restaurants.
 
1982Rustic Canyon
General Store & Grill
Cornell
Los Angeles County [Santa Monica Mountains]
 *
1983Engine Co. No. 28Downtown, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
This restaurant was a historic firehouse
building from 1912 to 1969.
*
1983The IvyBeverly Grove, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
 *
1983Marino RistoranteHollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
The owners previously had Martoni's Restaurant since 1960.
This place opened in 1983. Was an earlier restaurant here?
*
1984Chaya BrasserieBeverly Grove, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [Central L.A.]
The original company was founded in 1661 in Hayama, Japan.
After 30 years, this location closed on 31 December 2014.
 
1988Bob's Big Boy (Sun Valley)Sun Valley, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [San Fernando Valley]
Mr. C Coffee Shop was here since ~1960, but demolished.
Dimion's Family Restaurant was built across the lot in 1988.
It was turned into a Bob's Big Boy in 2009.
*
1989Cupid's Hot Dogs
(Simi Valley)
Simi Valley
Ventura County
The original Cupid's Hot Dogs opened
in North Hollywood in 1946, but it's now gone.
 
1989Clearman's North Woods Inn
(La Mirada)
La Mirada
Los Angeles County [Southeast]
  
1993J n J Burger & Bar-B-QWest Adams, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County [South L.A.]
The current business dates to 1993. What was the name of the
earlier business here and how far back did it date to?
 
1994Max's of Manila (Glendale)Glendale
Los Angeles County [Verdugos]
Opened approximately 1994 as a Filipino restaurant, but it
might date to at least 1980 as something else. Anyone know?
 

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