Clifton’s Cafeteria looks so absolutely unremarkable from the outside that many probably don’t even give it a second look.
But should the adventurous city traveler step through the door to be met by this arrangement,
he or she might reconsider whether this is really your average cafeteria eating style place.
Walking up the staircase,
past some more bears engaged in slightly unusual activities,
one has a good view of the lower level eating area.
My personal favorite is the moose on the balcony.
Quite impressive, I must say. Judging from the size of the head, this was not a small animal at all. I probably would have given it a wide berth, had I come across it in the wild.
And there you have it – Clifton’s Cafeteria is certainly not unremarkable. It is not a fine dining place, but one of the last bastions of honest fare so dear to many who remember this kind of food from their childhood. I highly recommend it for breakfast, if one wants to attend events at the Convention Center, which is only a short stroll of a few blocks away.
All details of the history of this place, the last one left of several restaurants owned by the Clinton family in the Los Angeles area, can be found here. How long Clifton’s will survive is unsure – the family just put the building up for sale. What happens next – nobody knows.