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Trompers of Eagle Rock Car Club, the first customers to experience Twohey’s curbside car hop in South Pasadena, California
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9 Southern California Spots for Actual Carhop Service

Burgers, shakes, pizzas, and more — and sometimes even served on roller skates

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Though dining outdoors is a welcome respite for some in 2021, others might still be a bit wary of sitting on a socially-distanced patio while being waited on by servers in face shields. That’s where carhop service comes in.

Southern California is the ideal spot to receive full restaurant service from the comfort of a car, and these businesses and pandemic-era pop-ups lean heavily into this old-school service model, sometimes complete with servers on roller skates. Pick one of these nine car hop restaurants in Southern California, pull up into a designated parking space, place an order, and enjoy.

A number of LA restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bob's Big Boy

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4211 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 843-9334
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This Los Angeles-based chain is also one of the region’s oldest. Head into the parking lot to get full car service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast is available anytime, but so are the broiled burgers, Cobb salads, and outstanding onion rings.

2. Mel's Drive-In

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14846 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 990-0648
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Only one Mel’s Drive-In location remains open at the moment, and it’s in Sherman Oaks where outdoor seating and carhop service is available. Try the hangover helper fresh juice from Mel’s juice and smoothie bar, before getting a pancake short stack, or short rib nachos.

3. Twohey's Restaurant

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424 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 284-7387
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Last month, South Pasadena’s Twohey’s revived its carhop service. It’s an easy enough ask for diners: simply call 30 minutes in advance to place an order and reserve one of six designated parking spaces for shakes, fries, or burgers.

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4. Astro Family Restaurant

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2300 Fletcher Dr #4019
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 663-9241
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Parked on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Fletcher Drive for decades, Astro opened its parking lot this year for curbside service that includes all the classics. Take your pick, from pancakes to omelettes, sandwiches, fish and chips, and milkshakes.

5. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

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1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 366-2408
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Antica is blessed with a massive outdoor patio, but also has a Thursday through Sunday carhop option with a movie. Just make a reservation to enjoy the Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas or fried octopus.

6. Lucky's Malibu

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3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0099
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Lucky’s Steakhouse from Montecito opened its second location in the former Mr. Chow space last December. The carhop service is Wednesdays and Thursdays with less steakhouse vibes, and more burgers, fries, and sandwiches.

7. Frisco's Carhop Drive-Thru

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16460 Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90603
(562) 947-3663
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Established in 1981, Frisco’s took its cues from 1950s diner culture. Waitresses — sometimes on rollerskates — serve food carside. Owner Takis Stathoulis has a full-on ice cream parlor available, while introducing a bit of Greek elements to the menu, including souvlaki.

8. Angelo's Hamburgers

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511 S State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 533-1401
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Check out Anaheim’s carhop specialist Angelo’s, where diners have been eating from their cars since 1957. Drive-thru is also an option with items like burgers, sandwiches, and BLT’s. But there’s also one special element: six outdoor tv screens.

9. Ruby's Diner

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1128 W Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 635-7829
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Ruby’s Anaheim asks that you stay put after arriving and calling in an order from their massive diner menu. Just tell them your car’s make and model, and they’ll bring out the shrimp and chips, patty melt, or hot chocolate.

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1. Bob's Big Boy

4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

This Los Angeles-based chain is also one of the region’s oldest. Head into the parking lot to get full car service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast is available anytime, but so are the broiled burgers, Cobb salads, and outstanding onion rings.

4211 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505

2. Mel's Drive-In

14846 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Only one Mel’s Drive-In location remains open at the moment, and it’s in Sherman Oaks where outdoor seating and carhop service is available. Try the hangover helper fresh juice from Mel’s juice and smoothie bar, before getting a pancake short stack, or short rib nachos.

14846 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

3. Twohey's Restaurant

424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Trompers of Eagle Rock Car Club, the first customers to experience Twohey’s curbside car hop in South Pasadena, California
Twohey’s
Courtesy of Twohey’s

Last month, South Pasadena’s Twohey’s revived its carhop service. It’s an easy enough ask for diners: simply call 30 minutes in advance to place an order and reserve one of six designated parking spaces for shakes, fries, or burgers.

424 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

4. Astro Family Restaurant

2300 Fletcher Dr #4019, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Parked on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Fletcher Drive for decades, Astro opened its parking lot this year for curbside service that includes all the classics. Take your pick, from pancakes to omelettes, sandwiches, fish and chips, and milkshakes.

2300 Fletcher Dr #4019
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Antica is blessed with a massive outdoor patio, but also has a Thursday through Sunday carhop option with a movie. Just make a reservation to enjoy the Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas or fried octopus.

1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Lucky's Malibu

3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Lucky’s Steakhouse from Montecito opened its second location in the former Mr. Chow space last December. The carhop service is Wednesdays and Thursdays with less steakhouse vibes, and more burgers, fries, and sandwiches.

3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

7. Frisco's Carhop Drive-Thru

16460 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90603

Established in 1981, Frisco’s took its cues from 1950s diner culture. Waitresses — sometimes on rollerskates — serve food carside. Owner Takis Stathoulis has a full-on ice cream parlor available, while introducing a bit of Greek elements to the menu, including souvlaki.

16460 Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90603

8. Angelo's Hamburgers

511 S State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806

Check out Anaheim’s carhop specialist Angelo’s, where diners have been eating from their cars since 1957. Drive-thru is also an option with items like burgers, sandwiches, and BLT’s. But there’s also one special element: six outdoor tv screens.

511 S State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92806

9. Ruby's Diner

1128 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805

Ruby’s Anaheim asks that you stay put after arriving and calling in an order from their massive diner menu. Just tell them your car’s make and model, and they’ll bring out the shrimp and chips, patty melt, or hot chocolate.

1128 W Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, CA 92805

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