Southern California Dining June 19, 2017
The Last Standing Cafeteria In Southern California Is A Total Blast From The Past
Southern California is filled with classic restaurants that will take you back in time to a completely different era. There’s one restaurant, in particular, that has a unique history unlike any other restaurant you’ve ever experienced in SoCal. Not only is this spot a vintage treasure, but it’s also the last standing cafeteria in Southern California.
Take a look at this gem and wander back in time – it’s definitely a blast from the past that has recently made a comeback.
Since 1932, Clifton's Cafeteria has been a staple in Southern California. Back in the day when cafeterias were popping up around the country, Clifton's pretty much ruled the world.
Over the past 85 years, Clifton's has gone through many transformations. From its early days in the 1930s and '40s when cafeteria's were at their height of popularity...
To the mid-century years when Clifton's popularity was waning...
And now back to present day when this historic SoCal destination received a remodel and a rebirth. Today, a new and improved Clifton's captures the charm of yesterday with a fresh modern take on the cafeteria.
Even though Clifton's has been remodeled, it will still take you back in time from the moment you step inside.
For starters, the retro cafeteria-style food counters and dessert displays feel very old fashioned.
The moment you grab a tray and load it with all your favorite foods you'll feel like you're in a time warp.
You won't want to pass up the carving station at Clifton's. Moist and juicy cuts of meat and turkey will be freshly sliced right in front of you.
Comfort food galore is what you'll find at Clifton's. How about a hearty portion of NY steak, homemade mac 'n cheese, and creamy mashed potatoes. Just the way mom used to make!
Chicken parmesan is another favorite you won't want to miss. Add a side of stuffing and macaroni and cheese and you have yourself one heavenly meal.
The menu also includes a modern take on the pot pie. These elegant miniature turkey pot pies will melt in your mouth.
One thing is for sure when it comes to Clifton's -- there's nothing small about this restaurant. From giant portions to a sprawling multi-floor restaurant, everything about Clifton's is large.
The main dining room at Clifton's is also hard to forget. Handsome beams that look like towering trees create a rugged ambience throughout the restaurant. It's a touch of outdoors on the inside of the restaurant.
But the best tree of all is this massive sequoia that spans three stories.
Whether you are dining in the restaurant or you are imbibing in the third floor lounge, this beauty will be part of your dining experience at this classic SoCal cafeteria.
Have you ever had the chance to experience Clifton’s Cafeteria? You can find the new and improved Clifton’s Republic in the same spot as the original location at 648 S Broadway.
For another retro classic in SoCal that’s a blast from the past, you might also want to check out:
The Retro Milkshake Shack In Southern California That Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again.