Offbeat LA put together a list of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles and a number of vintage establishments still serving are located close to the greater Hancock Park area. Many are located downtown LA, including Cole’s and Philippe’s who still battle it out claiming they offered the first French Dip sandwiches, but others are sprinkled across the entire LA basin including Pasadena, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Whittier, and Arcadia.
Included in Nikki Kreuzer’s “Master List of the Vintage, Historic and Old School” the longest-surviving, still-serving restaurants are:
Musso & Franks Grill on Hollywood Blvd (1919) has some of the oldest waiters still serving up an old-school menu and martinis in classic old Hollywood style.
Formosa Grill on Santa Monica Blvd (1925) near the Target complex, still serves from an old red trolley car. Serving up Asian-infusion grub.
El Cholo on Western Ave (1927) is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. Serves hundreds in a warren of rooms \ cozy kitzch, it is still a go-to for traditional mexican food.
Canter’s on Fairfax (1931) – what more to say than it’s one of the oldest jewish delis – still with the same booth seating and pies on rotation that seem to have always been there.
El Coyote on Beverly (1931) – the only remaining Mexican themed restaurant where the waitstaff still wears extravagant costumes.
Magee’s Kitchen (1934) – known for its corned beef, in the Farmer’s Market.
Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax (1934) – looks the same as it always did but shined up under new management, still serving up stout on tap and burgers from the grill.
Dupar’s in the Farmer’s Market (1938) now has several locations around town, but the original still stands proud on the corner of Fairfax and Third.
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