Category: Restaurant

Brown Derby restaurants

17jun07brownDerby

1939 image of Cary Grant and Phyllis Brooks at the Hollywood Brown Derby. From https://eatdrinkfilms.com/2016/01/08/bakers-dozen-the-secret-cake-of-the-brown-derby/ .

There was more than just one Brown Derby in the Hollywood-Los Angeles area.

“In 1939, Bob Cobb [co-owner of the Brown Derby restaurants] commented, ‘Clark Gable has to have his coffee just right and Alice Faye’s boiled eggs can’t be left on too long. Gary Cooper’s fried chicken must be dry rather than greasy. And that’s the way they get ’em. They get ’em that way even though we have to tear the kitchen apart.
“‘Stars are particular about their food because they know what good food is. Stars are used to having things the way they want them and that;s how we plan to have them. But if we didn’t the stars wouldn’t fuss. Most of them are the nicest folks on earth from a restaurant man’s point of view. No, they’d simply leave the food, exit smiling and not come back. Who’d blame them? Not me!'”
Excerpts from http://dearmrgable.com/?p=5279

Brown Derby’s Chef Salad recipe, a scaled down version of the restaurant’s famous Cobb Salad. (Published in 1939): https://bizarrela.com/2016/12/brown-derbys-chef-salad/ .

See more 1939 Brown Derby photos and information at https://vickielester.com/2012/12/12/1939-the-brown-derby-on-wilshire/ .

Read about Phyllis Brooks at https://alchetron.com/Phyllis-Brooks-1384370-W .

 

Clifton’s Pacific Seas cafeteria

17jan09cliftons

After a Hawaii vacation, owner Clifford Clinton remodeled his first cafeteria in Los Angeles to the Pacific Seas theme shown above. An artificial jungle theme inside and out included a rain forest complete with rain every 20 minutes. He went on to open more themed cafeteria restaurants. Clinton felt a social responsibility to not charge customers who could not afford to pay and he also avidly pursued corruption in the city. See his fascinating story here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/departures/clifford-clinton-the-man-and-his-cafeteria-shaped-food-and-politics-in-la