Restaurants

Top Choice Diner in Old Towne Orange

Watson Soda Fountain Café

Established 1899, this former drugstore was recently refurbished to a period design (check out the old safe, apothecary cabinets and telephone switchboard). It offers old-fashioned soda-fountain treats such as malts…
Top Choice Diner in San Diego

Clayton's Coffee Shop

Some diners only look old-fashioned. This one is the real deal from the 1940s, with red leatherette swivel stools and booths with minijukeboxes. It does famous all-American breakfasts and some Mexican specialties li…
Top Choice Diner in Mariposa

Happy Burger

Burgers, fries and shakes served with a heavy dose of nostalgic Americana. Happy Burger, decorated with old LP album covers, and boasting the largest menu in the Sierra, offers one of the cheaper meals in town. Besi…
Diner in La Jolla

Harry’s Coffee Shop

This classic 1960 coffee shop has a posse of regulars from blue-haired socialites to sports celebs. The food is American at its best – pancakes, tuna melts, burgers (and a local concession, breakfast burritos). Wash…
Diner in Oceanside

101 Café

This tiny, streamlined modern diner (1928) serves all-American classics from omelets and burgers to chicken-fried steak with country gravy, or steak and eggs and hash browns. Check out the local historic photos on t…
Diner in San Fernando Valley

Bob’s Big Boy

Bob, that cheeky, pompadoured kid in red-checkered pants, hasn’t aged a lick since serving his first double-decker more than half a century ago. This Wayne McAllister–designed, Googie-style 1949 coffee shop is the o…
Diner in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Marston’s

Multiple magazines have named Marston's as having the best breakfast in LA and California, likely for its 'famous French toast' (sourdough with cornflakes crust – the half-order was plenty for us), a bevy of Benedic…
Diner in Laguna Beach

Orange Inn

Birthplace of the smoothie (in the Guinness World Records), this little shop from 1931 continues to pack in surfers fueling up before hitting the waves. It also serves date shakes, big omelets and breakfast burritos…
Diner in Long Beach & San Pedro

Omelette Inn

From clerks to cops to city-council members, everybody’s got a soft spot for this unassuming joint where breakfasts and sandwiches are served in belt-loosening portions. Build your own omelettes from more than 40 in…
Diner in San Diego

Corvette Diner

Your kids will be your BFFs for bringing them to this over-the-top '50s-themed diner in Liberty Station. DJs spin rock-and-roll classics, waitresses wear poodle skirts and bouffant wigs, waiters dance in the aisles,…