My criteria for the restaurants here is that they are 1979 or older, although there are a few exceptions, and that they are within about an hour’s drive from downtown L. You will find classic steakhouses, Googie diners, pastrami delicatessens, walk-up hamburger stands and more. As of December 2017 the list is at just 406 places, spread as far south as the bottom of Orange County, east to San Bernardino and north to Santa Clarita. In 2 years since I published this list, it has received nearly half a million reads!When the restaurant has a web page I provide that, but if not I share a link to a review, Yelp or Wikipedia. That shows me how much people care about our vintage restaurants.

My goal is to have it finished very soon and and publish it here at the Los Angeles Beat.

It will make it easier to find the vintage restaurant you are in the mood for by type of food and neighborhood.

in Orange, but moved around the corner to Chapman Ave in 1901.

In 1915 they added the soda fountain and began serving ice cream and comfort food.

Cole’s story is that the au jus dipped roll was prepared at the request of a customer with sore gums who could not eat the crunchy bread.

Closed briefly in March 2007 after 99 years in business, Cole’s was brought back to its original splendor with a new owner in 2008 with vermillion red wallpaper, a long mahogany wooden bar, a copper penny tiled floor, Tiffany-style lamps, old photographs mounted on the walls and a back speakeasy.Please click to see additional photos I have taken of these places on both Instagram and Twitter.Currently this list has been edited over 500 times.It has an old fashioned feeling inside with embossed tin ceilings and wood floors. (1918) Golden Spur The Golden Spur is a classic mid-century steakhouse on Route 66 that started as a ride-up hamburger stand for patrons on horseback.According to realty records the building was constructed in 1932, but it formally became a steakhouse in 1954.I’m not as selective about a menu as I am about the ambiance, atmosphere and what I am experiencing.