Classic Eats #3: Vote and Save That Date!

Classic Eats #3 is scheduled for Saturday February 28th. Classic Eats #2 was a blast with about 18 people gathering at Union Station then heading over to Phillipe’s for a bite to eat. Join us for the next one. “Where” you say? You get to decide-Vote:

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Hot Dogs and French Polynesia were the runners up on the last poll. Voting is open until February 23rd. Once the locations are decided, time and details will be announced. We usually schedule the spots for later in the afternoon so your Saturday evenings are open.

Click on through to read more details about all the contestants.

Dog Day Afternoon On Classic Eats #2 this was renamed: Hot Dog Death March – Of all the things there are to argue about in LA (eastside/westside, car/bike, subway) nothing seems to get people’s dander up more than Pinks vs. Skooby’s. Will the argument be forever quieted if we all go for a final decision? Hell no. But it could be fun to try. And just to throw that LA curveball, Oki-Dog has been included. (Bring your own Pepto.)

Old Hollywood Cocktails – You’ve driven past Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood Blvd, you’ve seen it in the movies and it’s been around since 19 freakin’ 19! Have you ever gone in? The Formosa cafe has *only* been around since 1939 and has landmark status.

Musso & Frank Grill
The Formosa Cafe

Giant Donuts – LA is not about subtlety. Hence the donut shops that sport GIANT DONUTS as part of their architecture. Randy’s is near LAX and Donut King II is on Western and was recently visited by a few intrepid Metblog readers/writers. And while the Donut Hole in La Puente fits into this category, it is a bit out of the way. We’ll have to go on a special trip!

Randy’s Donuts
Donut King II

French Polynesia – Taix French Restaurant has been serving LA families since 1927 and is still family owned and operated. Tiki Ti is old school, not so old in age (only 45) but in style: Cash only, open when they feel like it, you can smoke inside, more than 80 wacky tropical drinks on the menu, etc. Whenever we end up going to Tiki Ti, we better get their early with fistfuls of cash.

Taix French Restaurant
Tiki Ti

Los Mexicanos – El Cholo was established in 1923 but moved to it’s most famous spot on Western, once the western most boundary of Los Angeles, in 1927.  (Western was, back then, truly the West side!) They have been serving Nachos (They claim the first place to make them in LA) and margaritas ever since. Lucy’s El Adobe is more famous for famous people coming there before (and after) they were famous. Jerry Brown and Linda Ronstadt canoodled there, the Eagles when they were mere hatchlings, and many an actor working across the street at Paramount or at Raleigh Studios. 

El Cholo
Lucy’s El Adobe

10 thoughts on “Classic Eats #3: Vote and Save That Date!”

  1. Man, I’m torn. Okay, I’m casting my vote. The deciding factor for Taix/Tiki Ti? No cocktails at the hot dog joints.

  2. I won’t disclose my vote, but here’s a hint: I talked with someone last night who is an expert on old-timey L.A. eats, and he says, under no circumstances should one eat an Oki-dog. Ditto for the food at Formosa, but, as you indicate, that place has drinks.

  3. I eat at Taix at least twice a year, but it’s their “banquet menu,” so I’ve never really experienced it. I probably can’t stay for dinner anyway, but have been dying to go to Tiki Ti and could hopefully swing by there on my way to the theater!

  4. Sadly, I can’t make this one, as I have a friend’s birthday thing to attend. Otherwise, I’d have cast a vote for the HDDM – which, come to think of it, if it wins, and if it is during the day, I’ll be able to attend.

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