Pasadena's Scariest Restaurant?

Mar 2, 2009

Our friend Pat Saperstein, proprietor of, is having a contest to find L.A.’s scariest restaurant. Check it out by clicking here.

Come on in!

Come on in!

Even though I’m not eligible to win, as the publisher of the grand prize (EAT: Los Angeles), I had to enter anyway just because of my years-long fascination with the very scary-looking Danny’s on Lincoln, not far from my house. Here are a couple of photos. If you have an entry, send in a photo to!

Are you hungry yet?

Are you hungry yet?

5 Responses for “Pasadena's Scariest Restaurant?”

  1. Scarriesst??
    CDB, you scare too eZ. Or you make your subjects look good.

  2. Cafe, surely you know a good one. Let’s start looking.

  3. Laudes says:

    If we’re talking “in the area’ – I know that I’M scared of The Bucket, in Eagle Rock.

    When we first moved here in 1987, I read in the L.A. Weekly (or perhaps it was the L.A. Reader, back then) about the dire fate awaiting anyone who dared request any change whatsoever in the (frankly questionable) toppings standard on the Bucket’s burgers. This was in addition to the insults inevitably heaped upon the head of anyone unlucky enough to have to put in an order – for him/ herself, or worse yet, for a group!

    We did test it out once back in ’87 or ’88, for fun, & were not, uh, disappointed. We haven’t been back since then – not due to how good the food was or wasn’t ( – or IS; I’m still afraid to comment on THAT) – but because we can’t get past the usual row[s] of Harleys out front. Which may say a lot more about us than about those Harley riders – or about The Bucket!

  4. colleen says:

    That’s a good one! I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’ve never tried the Bucket.

    Other one that’s always spooked me is the Chinese restaurant on the SE corner of Fair Oaks and California– I can’t even remember the name, despite passing it about 10,000 times. There’s something forbidding about the building, and I’ve never seen anyone coming or going from it, despite its large size and prime location. One of my daughters went there once when she was a student at Sequoyah nearby and said she never wanted to go back.

  5. Skylar says:

    I think that was Grandview Palace. It actually wasn’t horrible back in, what, 1999 when I was in Jr. High and we got to cross the street for lunch. And yet, come to think of it, we never went back… hmmm…



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