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Thanksgiving Dinner Served Here

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 32mm ISO 200 1/50 f/11 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The Sycamore Inn, providing food and drink to travelers on old Route 66, since before there was a Route 66.  This Rancho Cucamonga, California landmark first opened in 1848.  On the menu for Thanksgiving 2012: A selection of 29 wines by the glass, a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, or filet mignon, prime rib or salmon.  Served in the main dining room at tables with white tablecloths and ancient wing backed chairs on casters, squint your eye and you might see an old sour dough miner celebrating a gold strike.

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 200 1/320 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

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The Magic Lamp Inn

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 44mm ISO 200 1/20 f/14 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

A fixture on Foothill Boulevard (Route 66) in Rancho Cucamonga since 1955, with live music in the lounge four nights a week, and menu items like jumbo crab cocktail, Caesar salad tossed table side and Chateaubriand for two carved table side with both Bordelaise and Bernaise sauce, the Magic Lamp Inn is a throwback to an earlier time.

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Chicken Savings Time

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 200 1/15 f/16 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

When contemplating Americana, fried chicken, and especially Colonel Sanders’ original recipe, has to come to mind.  This outpost of the venerable chicken chain is at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, on a segment of historic Route 66 in Upland, California.

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The Dog House

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/8 Lr4, Tpz Sim; PsCS6

Hungry, but a hamburger from In-N-Out does not appeal to you, just head next door to Big Daddy’s Fire Grill Pasadena, California  in for wood fired burgers, dogs and sausages.  I recommend the chili dog, a quarter pound hot dog slathered with a full bodied, lightly spiced chile.

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Burger Queue

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 27mm ISO 800 1/100 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

The always present line up of cars waiting their turn at the In-N-Out drive thru in Pasadena, California.  I recommend the “Double Double”, hold the spread and add mustard and ketchup.

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Pie ‘N Burger

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 200mm ISO 250 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP2, TpzSim; PsCS6

Pie ‘N Burger has been a locals institution seemingly forever in Pasadena, California.  It is practically next door to Caltec and likely a lot of science and engineering students and teachers  have had either pie or burgers or both there during its tenure.  I ate their once, years ago when Judy introduced it to me, my recollection, however, was one of feeling underwhelmed with both the pies and the burgers.  But it’s a cozy little embodiment of a certain genre.

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Mimi’s Cafe

Roadside Americana

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm iso 200 1/15 f/8 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

Mimi’s Cafe, Chino Hills, California.  A chain, but even a chain has its virtues, good breakfasts, muffins and the clam chowder is very decent (when hot and fresh).

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The Hat

Nikon D7000 17-135mm @ 35mm ISO 200 1/50 f/22 +2EV -2EV Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Capturing this image was topped off by grilled cheese on sourdough for Judy, a pastrami dip  on a roll with mustard and pickles for me and a bag of fries between us.  Check out this page to see the original Hat, opened in 1951.

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