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Dining via the "Wayback Machine"


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Dining via the "Wayback Machine"

Mike Kilgore | Nov 12, 2001 08:32 AM

For those of you who were never into Rocky and Bullwinkle please excuse me for the reference to Mr. Peabody and Sherman's time travel vehicle. My wife and I and surly chowteen borrowed it last night in order to eat at Dalrae's restaurant in Pico Rivera.

If any of you out there have a once and again longing for a trip back to 1958, when Elvis was the King and Cholesterol was less known than cod liver oil then the DalRae will be familiar to you.

When I was growing up in the SFV in the 50's we live close to the White Horse Inn at the corner of White Oak and Roscoe. If you ever ate there then you ate at the DalRae.

It is mostly all semi-circular booths. The wood walls are a reddish, deep brown and the waitresses all wear those "upscale" uniforms that were prevelant in the 50's. The lighting is low, without being dim and they have a large bar area for the serious afterwork drinkers, if there are still any of those left alive?

My wife had the lobster thermidor, which actually had pretty decent, and a lot of, lobster in it. Talk about rich and large. I had the pepper steak. It was good, but I made the error of having the filet instead of the NY. Filet is just to darn dry, even cooked medium rare. The surly chowteen had a deep fried shrimp platter. The shrimp were gigantic and they gave him a huge bowl of cocktail and hot mustard sauce for dipping. A boat of pale steakhouse fries completed the package.

I will say one thing, the vegetable sides my wife and I got was very good. Mostly beautifully cooked green beans. We split two desserts, which were OK, but nothing to write home about. Check, including one before dinner drink for me and two cokes, which were endlessly refilled for free, came to $130 plus tip.

I have included a link to their web site. It was a fun trip for me due to the nostagia. But you have to either like that type of food and place, or don't bother making the trip. And what a long strange trip it's been.


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