[CLOSED]; "a little East Coast formal (a GM in a suit and a chef who likes her vegetables brunoised) and West Coast casual (painted plywood floors, hawsers strung from the ceiling and diners in jeans)"
since 1947; U-shaped counter w/ 26 stools surrounding cooking station; same throwback decor from 1940's; down the street from Fox Studios...frequent celebrity sightings including John Lithgow, Julia Roberts, Warren Beatty, Sigourney Weaver, Jonas Brothers & Leonardo DiCaprio
est. 1920; classic Route 66 roadhouse; celebrity sightings include Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Jim Morrison (drunken Morrison urinated on the bar...they had to throw him out) and Janis Joplin (Joplin had her last meal here); tradition: trade in your licence place for a free bowl of chili
Marie Antoinette "Let Them Eat Cake" Cotton Candy Head mannequin head w/ 2-feet tall of over-the-top cotton candy (as her hair) surrounded by petit cakes: raspberry & strawberry cream cheese; fresh berries & schlag; too funny!
El Diablo Burger Challenge 3-lbs of burger patties & shrimp drenched in El Diablo sauce made of 3 spiciest peppers in the world (ghost chilies, Trinidad Scorpions, & Carolina Reapers) in 60 min; Casey lost
Pancake Monster Challenge five buttermilk pancakes layered w/ 4 strips of bacon, 2 sausage patties, an 8-oz ham steak, & an 8-oz country fried steak, topped w/ 3 eggs any style, all on a bed of house home fries; finish it (total of 5.5-lbs) by yourself in under an hour, it's on the house; Casey lost
#55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; landmark in Old Town San Diego's Historic Walking District; festive atmosphere w/ "Mexican Tortilla Ladies", splashing fountains & strolling mariachis; numerous awards including Best Mexican restaurant & best margaritas (w/ over 120 tequilas to choose from)
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Late Night Eats); since 1931; Art Deco decor & trademark autumn leaves ceiling; open 24 hours & only closed on Jewish holidays; Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Elizabeth Taylor, Sydney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Wilt Chamberlain, Brooke Shields, Bill Cosby have eaten here; adjacent Kibitz Room features a full bar and small stage where Guns 'n' Roses played when starting out