California’s lone survivor from the Golden Age of Cafeterias once again redefines the dining experience. Enter our “Cabinet of Curiosities” and celebrate California’s diverse natural and cultural legacy within our legendary forest themed environment.
Dining at an LA institution for the first time.
Clifton’s Cafeteria exterior
a stunningly large bison keeps watch over the back corner of the cafeteria
I had to try the meatloaf on my first trip.
Life is not complete without Clifton’s Mac & Cheese
A well sculptured alligator loaf of bread.
Other than a few blackouts and air raid drills during WW2, this neon sign has always been on at Clifton’s
They had some interesting baked bread sculptures throughout the cafeteria displays
Dessert display you hit before the main entree lines
A specialty cake
Creative pineapple owl under a cloche
Belly up to the counter with your own massive cafeteria tray.
View from the second floor of Clifton’s: Trees, nature, and quirky unnatural lighting
I’ll bet I had a better Pi Day than you did today. I got to sit through three hours of a fascinating lecture on complex analysis covering Bernoulli numbers, Reimann’s Zeta Function, the Gamma Function, Euler’s Function, the duplication formula, the symmetrical form of the zeta functional equation, and Reimann’s Hypothesis. All replete with references to pi! Take that nerds!
Stopping by the local mini branch and there’s an exciting storyteller with balloons. A fully grown woman amazed a bunch of 1-8 year olds with the ability to climb into a 6 foot yellow balloon and carefully escape. In a terrifically tiny branch library, how can you not but pay attention to 20 kids chanting, cheering, clapping, and generally recreating the sounds of a hurricane from a storybook? It was better than anything I might have otherwise watched on TV tonight.
Annie Bannanie at story hour
Annie Bannanie and Dr. Electric
Annie Bannanie and the 6 foot balloon and the leaf blower
Papa Fred re-enacting a photo from more than 40 years ago.
Exterior of Mijares Mexican Restaurant
A great way to make an entrance to a room: with Mariachis!
I caught some audio of the singing of Happy Birthday as well as a serenade by the Mariachis at Mijares. Apologies in advance for the poor audio quality in a relatively loud and busy room, but it’ll give a small flavor and reminder of the party