This Rosemead hide-out pays tribute to the themes and artwork that came back with the soldiers returning from the Pacific theater. Island décor mostly popped up in suburbs, where it was considered new and daring by residents. "Tiki has an escapist and exotic quality," said Paul. "Since we won the war, we associated it with something positive."

At Bahooka, crab puffs, beef dips and baked ham are washed down with rum-based Scorpions and Head Shrinkers from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.


126 S. Beach Blvd.


(714) 952-3718

Opened: Late 1950s or early '60s.

Key characteristics: Free-form design, steel beams and wires.

Other nearby Googie examples: The Anaheim Convention Center, the Linbrook Bowl (although the exterior has been remodeled).

Why it matters: Exposed steel beams interlocked by wire grab drivers' attention from the road while contributing to a Space Age vibe. "I've often told people that I've seen these early illustrations of what NASA thought their first buildings on the moon [would look like], and boy, it looks like that car wash," Jepsen said. Washes are still available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.


4211 W. Riverside Drive


(818) 843-9334

Opened: 1949.

Pop culture talking points: A Big Boy statue made for a nice escape pod for Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" movies.

Key characteristics: Streamline Moderne architecture, large glass windows, plant life.

Noteworthy architect: Wayne McAllister.

Why it matters: The beaming, rotund statue, poised to deliver cheeseburgers and fries, began showing its face at the chain's first restaurant in Glendale in 1936. This long, orange building is across from the Falcon Theatre. Despite its address, it's known to most as the Toluca Lake Bob's, and is the oldest remaining of the chain. The restaurant's Streamline Moderne design made McAllister's reputation; he is also credited with creating the circular drive-through restaurant design. Bob's serves double-decker burgers all day, every day. And for that touch of nostalgia, car-hop service is available from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Road Kings have a classic car show at the drive-in from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays.