California Cheap Eats

Visit the oldest McDonald's in Downey

This site is the oldest in the worldwide chain of 20,000 restaurants and the last one with red-and-white striped tile exterior. After opening in 1953, it immediately become the standard for the fast food franchises across the country. The building and its 60 foot high neon sign with "Speedee the Chef" are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Employees wear 50's style uniforms of paper hats, white shirts and bolo ties. The restaurant serves the original menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and old fashioned milkshakes. Also available are more recent McDonald's items such as Big Macs and Happy Meals. McDonald's reopened the facility as it was with walkup windows and outdoor seating. They also constructed and addition housing a museum, gift shop, restrooms and more outdoor seating.
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California Trucker said...

If you like funky restaurants - you gotta go to Pea Soup Andersen's on I-5 or 101.

Have Pea Soup with the fixings. MMM good

irishlass said...

I thing my friends Ted and GeezBob might have some suggestions on better places for burgers, milkshakes, pie, fries etc

but you can always go to www.roadfood.com where they've reviewed some of my favorite restaurants - Al the Wop's in Locke, /duarte's Tavern in Pescadero, Mama's on Washington Square, Pink's in LA and Sear's Fine Foods in San Francisco.

Anonymous said...

Hidden In-N-Out Burger (aka In and Out Burger) - The Most Accurate Secret Menu

In-N-Out Burger has a secret unpublished menu for insiders who are In-The-Know. Next time you're at In-N-Out (i.e. tomorrow . . . or maybe tonight), order a bag of these off-the-menu specials:

"3-by-3" = three meat patties and three slices of cheese.

"4-by-4" = four meat patties and four slices of cheese.

"2-by-4" = two meat patties and four slices of cheese.

*Note: You can get a burger with as many meat patties or cheese slices as you want. Just tell the In-N-Out Burger cashier how many meat patties and how much cheese you want and that is what you'll get! For instance, if you want 6 pieces of meat and 10 pieces of cheese tell them you want a "6-by-10."

"Double Meat" = like a Double Double without cheese.

"3 by Meat" = three meat patties and no cheese.

"Animal Style" = the meat is cooked and fried with mustard and then pickles are added, extra spread and grilled onions are added.

"Animal Style Fries" = fries with cheese, spread, grilled onions and pickles (if you ask for them).

"Protein Style" = for all you low-carbohydrate dieters, this is a burger with no bun (wrapped in lettuce).

"Flying Dutchman" = two meat patties, two slices of melted cheese and nothing else - not even a bun!

Fries "Well-Done" = extra crispy fries . . . even better than the regular!

Fries "Light" = opposite of fries well-done, more raw than most people like 'em

"Grilled Cheese" = no meat, just melted cheese, tomato, lettuce and spread on a bun.

"Veggie Burger" = burger without the patty or cheese. Sometimes we call this the "Wish Burger."

"Neapolitan" Shake = strawberry, vanilla and chocolate blended together.

The friendly employees of In-N-Out Burger will take your special order without question, if you use the right terminology. The printed receipt will have your special request typed on it just as we said it.

Try it!

irishlass said...

Celebrate Tommy's 60th Anniversary!

On May 15, 1946, a young Tommy Koulax introduced Los Angeles to a hamburger with gusto. Fifty-four years later, L.A.'s love affair with his chili-topped creation is still going strong. Beginning with a ramshackle little stand on the corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards in Los Angeles, Tommy has fed an estimated fifty million Southern Californians.

The original stand today serves as the company logo, and for good reason. Although there are now several Tommy's locations throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernadino Counties, none compare with the huge popularity of the original Beverly location. Alone, it serves over 15,000 customers per week. It's why we say, "If you don't see the shack - take it back!"

irishlass said...

This is another vote for Pea Soup Andersen's in Buelton or Santa Nella