At the northern end of Lake Avenue, hikers ascend a twisty trailhead to find remnants from the washed out Mount Lowe Railway and the fire-gutted Alpine Tavern. Located on Altadena’s main drag, Park Bench Grill has been operating since 1952. The business started as Kern’s Deli, became Park Bench in 1985, and rebooted as Park Bench Grill in 2013. Chef Debbie Rainey has presided over Park Bench since 1991. The space features wood and green walls lined with black and white photos of Mount Lowe Railway, a full coffee bar, and pedestals sporting citrus olive oil cake, chocolate brownies, and blueberry buttermilk cake. Holiday specials include corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day, chicken gumbo for Mardi Gras, and braised short ribs with longevity noodles for Lunar New Year (Rainey lived in Hong Kong for three years). Breakfast skillets include Italian, Greek, Creole chicken and S.F. Joe with seasoned ground beef, mushrooms, spinach, Tomato, onion, potato and eggs. Other popular dishes involve cornmeal-crusted catfish po’ boys, Buffalo chicken sandwich, roast beef on Parmesan crusted sourdough bread, hot turkey sub with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Rainey devoted an entire menu section to burgers, including a mushroom burger, bacon and blue cheese burger, and Smokehouse BBQ burger with Cheddar cheese, fried onion rings, and BBQ sauce.