Architect Wayne McAllister was inspired by the Space Age, World's Fair pavilions and roadside dining culture when he designed the building. Large, curving windows contrast with sharp angles, incorporating elements of Streamline Moderne and Midcentury Modernism. McAllister also mixed the practical with the eye-popping. The 70-foot-tall neon sign, which made it easy for drivers to see the coffee shop from the road, was so distinctive it helped build the Bob's Big Boy brand. McAllister designed many popular restaurants including The Smoke House in Burbank and several circular drive-ins, all of which are now gone. He was also responsible for several early Las Vegas casinos including The Sands, The Desert Inn and The Fremont.
Learning about the history of Día de los Muertos at Self Help Graphics and Art? Enjoying art by Glendale native James hd Brown at USC’s Fisher Museum? Perhaps you’re immersing yourself in Adrián Villar Rojas’s Theater of Disappearance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Try the following restaurants on for size.
Westsiders have experienced “quality forever” since 1947 at The Apple Pan, a U-shaped counter with red cushioned stools that Ellen Baker and husband Alan founded before Westside Pavilion was ever a fragment in a developer’s mind. Daughter Martha Gamble now runs the humble legend, which specializes in burgers, fries, and pie. The base model of their off-menu patty melt features a juicy quarter-pound patty with sweet grilled onions and a slice of sharp Tillamook cheddar on a choice of griddled white, wheat, or rye bread. You can also get a tuna melt, but tuna salad pales in comparison to beef.
10801 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A.
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The tried-and-true, cash-only Original Pantry Cafe has been open for business since 1924 and Angelenos are all the better for it. The no-nonsense vibe of the place exudes charm but also expediency; orders are brought out just minutes after they’re given, and even the toast is worth accolades. It’s open 24/7, meaning that when it comes to the Original Pantry Cafe, it’s not just all-day breakfast but all-night, too.
877 S Figueroa St, Downtown L.A.
Open 24 hours