One of Los Angeles’s oldest restaurants is turning 100 years young, as Magee’s Kitchen celebrates the century mark inside the Original Farmers Market tomorrow, October 27, with a big food blowout. Not only will there be a special 10 a.m. celebration and cake-cutting, but all day long the restaurant is offering a limited $1 menu of throwback classic dishes for anyone to try.
The 100-year history of Magee’s Kitchen is actually something pretty special. The place actually opened as one of the first vendors inside Downtown’s Grand Central Market way back in 1917, and operated on those premises for nearly 20 years. Then came the Original Farmers Market off Fairfax in 1934, promising a new collection of tenants beyond just farmers and access to customers more centrally located between Los Angeles proper and cities like Santa Monica. Magee’s agreed to jump ship that same year, moving to the new cross-town rival as the first-ever restaurant tenant for the property.
Today’s market also houses Magee’s Nuts, an offshoot nut-only vendor that springs from the restaurant’s original days selling peanut butter sandwiches. The Kitchen side is still a primary draw though, as customers come through generation after generation for corned beef sandwiches with lots of horseradish, hot dogs, and a surprising collection of classic Mexican favorites.
On Friday, Magee’s will be leaning into an original menu of hits, including the corned beef, ham sandwiches, and sides. Each listed menu item will sell for $1 each (limit five dishes), and there will also be a Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition can drive on property for guests who want to give back. The deal runs from 11 a.m. to closing, with a cake-cutting celebration going down first at 10 a.m.