Clifton’s legendary Cafeteria had its grand opening tonight (A fundraiser for the LA Conservancy) and if you loved eating at cafeterias when you were a kid, THIS is the place to be! Remember those turkey dinners with mashed potatoes and jello desserts? They are still there. Along with Waldorf salad and creamed cauliflower! All in potentially beautiful downtown Los Angeles. The new owner Andrew Meieran seems to feel the love for the old cafeteria also. Of course he’s adding a modern and pricier “comfort food’ restaurant upstairs and a tiki bar. But the lovable cafeteria retains much of its original charm – and cleaned up. We ran into midcentury historian Charles Phoenix there and he put his tray down to pose for a photo.


Posted by Janet on September 21, 2015

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  1. By Strom
    On September 22, 2015 at

    Charles looks like a very gay blade!

  2. By Cazie
    On September 22, 2015 at

    I’m LOVING the saddle shoes Janet!

  3. By Diva
    On September 22, 2015 at

    Janet’s shoes are the best!

  4. By Strom
    On September 22, 2015 at


  5. By Bluejay
    On September 22, 2015 at

    Pretty cool. This reminds me of the Automat (if that’s the correct name) in NYC. Everything out of a machine.

  6. By Hilary
    On September 22, 2015 at

    Oh, comfort food at its best! Clifton’s used to be all over Southern California… my mom and I would eat at the one at Lakewood Shopping Center. 🙂

  7. By Jake
    On September 22, 2015 at

    Great look Janet!
    Strom- If you don’t know who Charles Phoenix is, you don’t have one cool or hip bone in your body.

  8. By Kait
    On September 23, 2015 at

    Janet, you are ageless.

  9. By Carlos Danger
    On September 23, 2015 at

    Janet has some nerve to complain about other’s attire when she dresses like a clown

  10. By Angelo
    On September 23, 2015 at

    Proves over and over, strom, that he is boring and witless.

  11. By Strom
    On September 23, 2015 at

    Poor Angelo and his Spanx outfit!

  12. By Fritz Meulders
    On September 23, 2015 at

    Janet are you wearing a wig in that photo?

  13. By Hmmm.......
    On September 27, 2015 at

    They really should bring back automats, I’ve seen them in old movies and would love to try one. I think there is something like them in Japan.

  14. By Strom
    On September 27, 2015 at


  15. By Bucky M.
    On September 27, 2015 at

    Miss the old Ontra Cafeterias from when I was a kid.


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