My dearest suitor took me to lunch at Cliftons Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles. It was our first time there. I've heard so much about this eatery and I was thrilled to check it out. Quite the place to dine in the 1930's and on.
Upon entry down a long hall in to the cafeteria I grab my tray to start off with a loooooooong line of desserts neatly displayed in their own individual cute white cup or bowl. Next were the little salads. Some more desserts and finally to the entrees. Actually after the entrees, the line ended with even more desserts, in case you didn't catch them earlier, before we hit the cashier. I had a wet roast beef, mashed potatos and a cucumber salad. He had the cod fish, mixed bean salad and we shared, my favorite, coconut cream pie.
I didn't realise how large this venue is. I mean massive. Four floors! The whole place is decored to make you feel like you are surrounded by large red woods. Who would've thought? A 20' waterfall cascades next to the three tiers of water front seating. A redwood church to have your own private service before or after lunch. You can rent out the third floor for private parties even.
Dining here is like dining in a catering museum. There are photos and memorabilia that documents the cafeteria throughout its history in LA . I wouldn't necessarilly come back for the food. I will be back with a group of friends for afternoon coffee/tea and dessert! ;)