The recently restored Clifton's Cafeteria is a kitschy throwback to the "Golden Age of Cafeterias" in California and the world's largest cafeteria. Opened at the height of the Great Depression, Clifton's grew to be a chain of 10, known for never turning away anyone who was hungry - like Ray Bradbury when the Star Trek creator was a struggling writer. The restaurant serves old-fashioned cafeteria comfort foods, including mac 'n cheese, meatloaf and Jello salads; but that's just for starters. People really come to see the fake redwood soaring in the multi-story interior (fireplace at the bottom, stuffed grizzly on the second floor) and the "Cabinet of Curiosities," which contains the most curious curiosities. At night, upstairs in the Brookdale Ballroom, there's swing dancing and live entertainment like hula Go-go girls. Need more nostalgia? On a stoplight across the street is the sign "Original terminus of Route 66 (1927-1939)."
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Clifton's Cafeteria, South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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