This is one of the last remaining old L.A. eateries in downtown. In years gone by, Angeleno families would make a trip here for dinner as a special ... More
Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria
This is one of the last remaining old L.A. eateries in downtown. In years gone by, Angeleno families would make a trip here for dinner as a special Sunday outing. If you are looking for a square meal while making the rounds of downtown points of interest, it will not disappoint you. Located right in the heart of Broadway, the clientele is mostly Latino. During the week it is primarily shoppers and workers from the nearby stores, but there are more families on weekends. The decor is cornball tropical island complete with faux streams and brooks. If you were taken here as a child, there were memorable choices, such as the Jell-O with whipped cream topping or the pineapple upside down cake. Heavier fare includes the standard mashed potatoes and gravy, roast beef, fish, or chicken. Of course this is just a sampling of the many dishes offered, past and present, at this venerable dining spot.
one word: GROSS!!!
they have big gigantic rats there ugh! and they under pay and over work their employees. they send them to work down in the cellar with hot tempatures!!! i feel sorry for everyone that works there.
they use the same food for days! because they are soo cheap!
i wonder how they pass inspections?
I WILL NEVER GO OR RECOMMEND CLIFTON'S TO ANYONE AGAIN
We visited Cliftons just recently when on holiday from Australia. The atmosphere was very quirky and interesting. We really enjoyed our experience there. The manager was more than happy to let us wander around upstairs where there was a lot of interesting reading and a collection of curios from the past. The food was cheap and OK. We were disappointed that our schedule didn't allow us to return. Will certainly recommend to others seeking a different dining experience. (Take your camera).
Good old fashioned traditional food! A great place to see what the old Los Angeles was like. Completely from another time, and very authentic - looks like not much has changed there since the 30's or 40's.
WOW.......times 2 !!
I loved this place. My mom used to take me here for lunch when we would be shopping in L.A. I've never seen a pic. of it till now. I was only a kid but, I remember how Impressed I was and I Loved the fish streams in the rock outcroppings. I loved watching the people perform on the organ or sing high up above me! It wasn't expensive either.........or we wouldn't have been there.....for sure! Sure wish someone else would make duplicate of it. It was the greatest place!
I went for the first time this weekend with my family visiting from North- Eastern CA. My mom use to go as a child and said it is just the same! The food was down home comfort food, alot of choices! I choose the enchiladas, outstanding! Two choose the fried chicken mashed potatoes and gravy, also outstanding. One person in our group choose sweet and sour ribs with rice, he said it was great!
I hope the family keeps the cafe going for many more years to come.