I'm close to re-posting a revised and enlarged list of the oldest still-operating food establishments in the metro LA area (thanks to many posters for their contributions) and as of the moment it still appears that the winner is the Saugus Cafe (opened 1887 or possibly 1888, renamed to its current name in 1898 or 1899, and moved across the street to its current location in 1905).
But while I have found a number of mentions of its antiquity, I haven't located any posts by Chowhounds who have claimed to have actually eaten there. I gather from a few other websites that it's basically a diner (nothing wrong with that), open 24 hours (certainly nothing wrong with that either), and most frequently compared to Denny's (uh oh . . .)
I have never been near the place so I'm curious. Is it any good? Worth a drive for the historical interest? What should one order?
(I thought I posted this earlier but now I don't see it, so apologies if it shows up in duplicate.)