Clifton’s Downtown LA Lives!

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We took a lunch break while in downtown L.A. for the March for Science to check out Clifton’s cafeteria, which has a long and storied history.  (Click on the link to read more.) The family that owned this place gave away a lot of food from the back of this restaurant during the depression.

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I love how they salvaged what they could of the old mosaic floors. Smart!

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The decor in the serving line is considerably jazzed up since before the renovation. And so are the prices.  Still, you can get a good sized side of their famous macaroni and cheese for $4.99, which is exactly what I did.

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Desserts. Yes. I had pie. Pecan pie.  And limeade.  SO good.

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We sat at a nice old dining room table in a little alcove all our own on the second floor, tucked under the stairs.  We could see most of the first floor dining area from there.

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Three story high faux tree which houses a fireplace.  Do you need more convincing?

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Next time I will sit in this chair. I did sit in several of the chairs made from big slabs of trees.

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And yes, there is taxidermy.  There’s a whole buffalo under glass on the second floor. This guy and some others are on the third floor, which is mostly open just for private events.

This place is an L.A. classic.  It’s a three-block walk from the Pershing Square stop on the Metro Red Line.  Want to meet for lunch?

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5 thoughts on “Clifton’s Downtown LA Lives!

    1. You should! It’s a strange and beloved landmark. I’m finding out from my Facebook friends that it was a favorite special family place when they were kids.

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  1. Clifton’s looks awesome…won’t be going there anytime soon. I live in North Dakota (formerly from Santa Clarita).

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