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Did You Know? Five Famous Restaurants That Started in SoCal

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Maybe your parents took you when you were a kid. Maybe your mouth waters whenever you think of them. Whether they produce legendary burgers, crunchy tacos, or masterful flapjacks, these five restaurants all had one thing in common — a birthplace in Southern California.

Click on the images below to read the riveting origin stories of these famous SoCal restaurants.

1) A Grand Slam: Denny's SoCal Success Story

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As a hungover college student, vacation-goer, or long-haul trucker, who among us hasn’t eaten at Denny’s? But many people don’t realize that Denny’s was founded right here in Southern California, by a man whose dreams changed the food industry forever.


2) The Triumph and Tragedy of In-N-Out's First Family

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Today, the heart of In-N-Out Burger is still located in the same one-mile radius in Baldwin Park where the iconic restaurant began almost seventy years ago.


3) Transforming the Taco: The Origins of Taco Bell

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For the innovative, restless Glen Bell, the opening of the first Taco Bell was simply the idea that finally caught fire, after a decade of working to bring a Mexican-inspired menu to the masses.


4) The Real McDonald's: The San Bernardino Origins of a Fast Food Empire

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In 1940, the McDonald brothers opened their first fast food restaurant in dusty, suburban San Bernardino and developed a “speedee service system” that soon changed the course of food service around the globe.


5) The Troubling History of Sambo's Pancake House

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The first Sambo’s Pancake House opened on June 17, 1957 in downtown Santa Barbara. However, no matter how hard they worked to foster a welcoming atmosphere, there was a large portion of the population who would never feel “at home” at the restaurant.

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When longtime taco shack Yuca's first set up shop in Los Feliz in 1976, co-owner Dora Herrera quickly became part of the original group of business owners working to attract more interest in Los Feliz. Since then Herrera has fell in love with become an involved and integral member of the Los Feliz community. Here are the ten best ways to get to explore Los Feliz, according to Herrera.
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