If you have ever watched that I Can‚Äôt Believe It‚Äôs Not Butter commercial, and longed to be a Butterton, you are in luck. Take a trip back to the comfort foods your parents enjoyed at Caf√© 50‚Äôs new location at 850 N. Vermont in Los Angeles. This is not the place for calorie counters or health food junkies. Caf√© 50‚Äôs is the spot to splurge on your taste buds and eat carefree. The diner had a rousing grand opening with free treats from their menu. The 100-plus people in attendance brought their appetites and by the looks on their faces while tasting the food, no one left unsatisfied.
The treats offered included tasty veggie burgers, tangy turkey pastrami sandwiches, waffles with heaping butter and syrup, hearty burgers with thick slices of cheese, colossal onion rings with ranch dressing for dipping, and peanut butter shakes topped with whipped cream. More diet no-no‚Äôs await you at Caf√© 50‚Äôs, where the menu is filled with the best American food fare you can think of.
The menu features great breakfast choices, as well as sandwiches, chili, soups, burgers, and appetizers on a grand scale. Their shake menu alone features 42 choices, and the pies, cakes, sundaes and cookies will not disappoint. However, the huge portions are not the only throwback. The windows are adorned with the classic green print of a diner from way back when outlining the eatery‚Äôs offerings including Chicken, Steaks, and Pie. Once inside, the d√©cor screams retro with iconic magazine covers from Life and The Atlantic. Add to that album covers of Rockabilly Baby and Dinah Washington and Movie Posters for definitive films like Hippodrome, Circus Girl, and Living it Up and you have officially gone back in time. The waiters add to the allure with their bright red lip stick, old school outfits, and heavy eyeliner. And no 50‚Äôs diner would be complete without music from the bygone era in the background which Caf√© 50‚Äôs plays at an ambient level.
Tableside you will find a calendar of events that recalls historical events from the ‚Äė50‚Äôs. For example November 8th‚Äôs special of half off hamburgers and omelets between 6p-10p is listed right under 1958‚Äôs breaking news of the 44-carat Hope Diamond donation to the Smithsonian.
Before you lose your nostalgic wonderment, keep in mind this spot is not all about days gone by. The free Wi-Fi available makes it all too futuristic for gramps. Some other upgrades to Caf√© 50‚Äôs that your mother didn‚Äôt encounter is the free tableside magic on Saturdays and Sundays between 11a-2pm, as well as Pajamas Night held the last Wednesday of every month. This fun event calls for customers to wear traditional pajamas: two-piece button down like your grandma bought you from 6p-10pm in exchange for a free meal with the purchase of a drink. If you have yet to find those PJ‚Äôs, save them for Christmas time, a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner is available after 5pm on the last Wednesday of November.
So skip a meal and indulge in all that Caf√© 50‚Äôs has to offer. We all have a Butterton deep down inside and this is the place to feed it!
Open 7:00 A.M. to midnight, and until 1:00 A.M. on weekends.
Cafe 50's, 850 N. Vermont Ave. Hollywood . 323-906-1955.