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L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants


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C. C. Brown's
Van de Kamp's Holland Dutch Bakery
Musso & Frank Grill
Ambassador Hotel
Tam O'Shanter Inn
Formosa Cafe
The Brown Derby
Pig 'N Whistle
Taix French Restaurant
Bullocks Wilshire Tea Room
The Town House of Lafayette Park (Zebra Room)
Tick Tock Tea Room
Schwab's Pharmacy
Don the Beachcomber
Clifton's Cafeteria
Cock 'n Bull
Florentine Gardens
Hollywood Palladium
Tiny Naylor's
Hamburger Hamlet
Ben Frank's
Lawry's California Center
L'Escoffier at the Beverly Hilton
Trader Vic's at the Beverly Hilton
La Scala
Chez Jay
Dan Tana's
Ma Maison
Carlos 'n Charlie's
Le Dome
Spago Sunset
72 Market Street Oyster Bar and Grill

Recipes Index

About the Author

George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, Geary is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all of the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs. Geary has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC's The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell's Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.

For over 30 years Geary has been involved with the judging of culinary contests for major food manufacturers such as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott's Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann's Yeast, San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 2010, George was the Culinary Coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair.

Geary is the author of nine cookbooks including: The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is presently the featured chef on the San Diego Living television show on the CW Network. Geary lives in Los Angeles.

Barbara Fairchild is the former editor-in-chief for Bon Appetit magazine.


"Even though some of these restaurants opened before I moved to the United States, I appreciate the style and flamboyancy of these historic establishments. They paved the way for Nobu restaurants and I am honored that the old L'Orangerie restaurant is now Nobu Los Angeles. The book is fantastic and a must-read."
Chef Nobu, Nobu and Matsuhisa Restaurants

"The wake of Tinseltown's heyday left behind some of the most iconic art and culture in American history. This is the perfect book for the food-obsessed who are also romanced by L.A.'s rich history."
Curtis Stone, chef and restaurateur

"This is a wonderfully evocative look at L.A. dining in an earlier time and a reminder of how many good and imaginative restaurants the city has had, and how much fun it was to eat in them back then, before the era of restrictive diets and hipper-than-thou cuisine."
Colman Andrews, editorial director of

"The best of L.A.'s food history is all bound together in George Geary's remarkable book. Our restaurants in Los Angeles would never exist without these legends."
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs

"George Geary's book is a retrospective sublimely rich in history and flavor. It is a testament to L.A.'s diverse cornucopia of cuisine."
Suzanne Tracht, executive chef and owner of Jar

"From the Googie-inspired diners to the wholly fictional 'South Seas' of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic's to the movie star hangouts of the Brown Derby and Chasen's, L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants is a giddy, celebrity-filled look back at the culinary scene of twentieth century Los Angeles. I dare you to read this book and not feel nostalgic for those days."
Russ Parsons, former food editor of the Los Angeles Times

"A splendid ride through Old Hollywood! George Geary entices our sense of taste with his descriptions of famous dishes and recipes from L.A.'s classic restaurants and our sense of adventure with his antic tales of Golden Age celebrities. For me, the best part was the sense of preservation in the descriptions, facts, architect listings, and pictures of the fabulous buildings that housed these iconic restaurants, many of which have been lost to time."
Joselle Celine Gilvezan, historic preservationist

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