Bob’s Big Boy

Diner in San Fernando Valley

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 oldest remaining Bob's Big Boy in America, serving a down-home menu centered around burgers, fries and chicken.

This location takes great pride in its history and architecture. The cantilevered roof seems to float above the restaurant and recall the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and even its 70ft-tall sign is a local landmark.

On Fridays from about 4pm to 10pm, classic hot rods roar into the parking lot, while the weekend car-hop service (5pm to 10pm Saturday and Sunday) brings in families and love doves.