Category Archives: Offbeat L.A. Restaurants

Offbeat L.A.: The King & I- The Annual Elvis Festival in Garden Grove and a Visit to Azteca Elvis-themed Mexican Restaurant

  Elvis has not yet left the building. In fact, his iconic mythology echoes far greater and far louder than it even did during his lifetime. The cult of Elvis is very real, cutting through place and time, uniting those … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Sauerkraut, Stout and a Side of Surreality… Old World Village in Huntington Beach

We are living in a time that is moving much too quickly. Technology is always one step ahead of us, and the gathering and processing of information comes at us from all directions, pretty much non-stop. Our outside environment, controlled … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Cherry on Top- Fosters Freeze, the History of California’s Original Soft Serve

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Soft Serve! Perhaps the words don’t roll off the tongue as romantically as ice cream, the much denser, higher milk-fat frozen treat that we all love and adore, but Soft Serve … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cafe Jack- A Kitschy Boat Shaped “Titantic” Themed Restaurant in Koreatown

I must say, I live for programmatic architecture. Although its heyday of popularity has long passed, the inner child in me does a happy cartwheel for a giant donut or any other building shaped like the product it sells. And … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Kitsch & Schnitzel- The Alpine Village in Torrance

Originally published December 27, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Got a craving for sausages, schnitzel, potato pancakes or a giant pretzel? How about an extra large side of kitsch served up with that schnitzel? A short trip down to … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: It’s Not About the Food – Kitschy Cool & Retro Local Theme Restaurants

Originally published December 14, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Have you got a special occasion meal coming up that doesn’t necessarily call for elegance, but rather calls for celebration and fun? Are you looking for some out-of-the-ordinary, old school … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Kitsch Overload – Charlie Brown Farms in Littlerock, CA

The Antelope Valley, an hour or so east on the 14 freeway in northern Los Angeles County, can be a bizarre place. Sundried mile upon sundried mile of pale desert, prickly and forlorn joshua trees, strange little towns and wide … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.Video : The Magical Folk Art of Tio’s Tacos in Riverside

Originally published April 9, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Join Offbeat L.A. host Nikki Kreuzer on a video adventure to an enchanted taco shop in Riverside, CA. Located down the street from the incredible Mission Inn, Tio’s Tacos is … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road- Sad Historic Closures of 2013

Originally published December 30, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat It seems that we are always saying the Long Goodbye here in Los Angeles. Things change and our beloved city is in constant evolution. You might not find yourself on … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Meet Marty & Elayne! A Video Trip to the Dresden Room in Los Feliz

Originally published November 21, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Sometimes in Los Angeles the Santa Ana winds of change blow warm and caressing, taking one’s soul down a haunted memory lane in which the past comes softly knocking. At … Continue reading

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