Los Angeles Restaurants 1830-1930

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Former Los Angeles Times food editor Charles Perry will be appearing at Central Library this Saturday to talk about early restaurants in Los Angeles. I know some of you might consider Spago and Valentino to be the oldest restaurants in town, but we have a remarkable collection of historic dining spots that pre-date the Nixon administration. Perry’s talk for the Culinary Historians of Southern California will span 1830-1930 and gastronomic fantasies ranging from French restaurants in adobes to Japanese-owned 10-cent dinner houses. Here’s hoping we hear about ancient favorites like Tam O’Shanter and the Pacific Dining Car amongst the long-gone landmarks.