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It's Thanksgiving 1972, Which restaurant do you choose for your holiday meal in LA?

The Joker's (Cesar Romero) or the Captain's (Alan Hale) restaurant. Each one is offering a prix fixe $5.95 Thanksgiving Day Dinner and both are located on La Cienega just south of Santa Monica Blvd.

Thanksgiving dinners with the Joker and the Skipper ad (at link) from the LA TImes Nov 20th 1972

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by Anonymousreply 32November 22, 2023 1:08 AM

Neither. On Restaurant Row, it’s Lawry’s or go home.

by Anonymousreply 1November 20, 2023 5:22 PM

The Brown Derby. I remember once running into Fred MacMurray at that place, right as they were casting "Flubber." He loved my energy, and threw a juicy part my way. Then he put me in the movie!

by Anonymousreply 2November 20, 2023 5:25 PM

Those two sound the same to me except for location. The one year in 1970s we went out for Thanksgiving, we went to Wyatt's cafeteria. And to a kid like me it was tremendous.

by Anonymousreply 3November 20, 2023 5:26 PM

The same menu at both? Were these two fucking?

by Anonymousreply 4November 20, 2023 5:29 PM

I wonder if Cesar Romero was offering BJs along with the pumpkin pie at his place by either him, Gilbert, your very Italian Maitre D', or Anton at the piano.

by Anonymousreply 5November 20, 2023 5:30 PM

Gotta go with the Lobster Barrel, simply because the Skipper himself actually worked there as the maitre 'd and apparently was happy to call the kids "Little Buddy" as he showed them to their table.

By the by, $6 in 1972 is equivalent to $43 in 2023. So this wasn't a cheap holiday meal for the family. 4 x 43 = $172, plus tax and tip.

by Anonymousreply 6November 20, 2023 5:31 PM

Huh? That’s cheap as all fuck for two People on Turkey Day, much less an entire family. Where are you, Inner Mongolia?

by Anonymousreply 7November 20, 2023 6:59 PM

I'm from the land of For Nearly Two Hundred Dollars I'll Cook the Bird Myself.

Let me guess, you're in SF or NYC and have a completely skewed view of how normal people live.

by Anonymousreply 8November 20, 2023 7:16 PM

r7 this was in 1972 dollars

by Anonymousreply 9November 20, 2023 7:22 PM

Randomly, in Kansas City—do your own work.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 20, 2023 7:22 PM

R9 it is cheap in 2023 dollars—that’s the point.

by Anonymousreply 11November 20, 2023 7:23 PM

r11 you have more money than I do

by Anonymousreply 12November 20, 2023 7:29 PM

If you add up the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner,turkey,sides,appetizers, drinks, and desserts it's a pretty good deal. Plus it spares you time and effort from shopping, cooking, and dealing with your family members.

by Anonymousreply 13November 20, 2023 7:34 PM

I went to Norm's that year.

by Anonymousreply 14November 21, 2023 3:15 PM

What is a relish tray? I Googled and I'm still not quite sure.

by Anonymousreply 15November 21, 2023 3:28 PM

Suspiciously alike. I suspect the two restaurants have the same owner, with the celebs just figureheads.

by Anonymousreply 16November 21, 2023 3:29 PM

There were underground passageways crossing over La Cienega and connecting to several kitchens. That’s the boulevard became BH’s restaurant row!

by Anonymousreply 17November 21, 2023 3:41 PM

This is a relish tray, only in the 1960s and 1970s there wouldn’t have been peppers. There would have been celery instead. It came with a dip, sort of a thick, creamier version of French dressing.

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by Anonymousreply 18November 21, 2023 4:35 PM

According to comments below the image @ OP-

Both appear to be serving the same menu, and Google maps shows those addresses are next door to each other. Holy coincidences, little buddy!

I'm sure they share a kitchen and an owner, who was smart enough to get two celebrity spokesmen.

by Anonymousreply 19November 21, 2023 4:54 PM

Underground tunnels!

by Anonymousreply 20November 21, 2023 5:24 PM

I was at The Joker's, because it had dancing with Susan Anton at the piano.

by Anonymousreply 21November 21, 2023 6:40 PM

Did Alan and Cesar put on a show in the back?

by Anonymousreply 22November 21, 2023 6:45 PM

Mr. Romero takes all deliveries in the rear.

by Anonymousreply 23November 21, 2023 6:48 PM

R15 is perilously close to stirring up the DL relish tray hornet’s nest.

I would go with the Italian place simply because I’ve found it good policy to avoid restaurants with the word “barrel” in their names.

by Anonymousreply 24November 21, 2023 6:59 PM

I had to look it up.

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by Anonymousreply 25November 21, 2023 7:02 PM

Black olives and stuff the celery with cream cheese and roll in chopped nuts.

by Anonymousreply 26November 21, 2023 9:34 PM

Pic of the interior of the the Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel from 1977

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by Anonymousreply 27November 21, 2023 9:42 PM

You can even buy AHLB merch on-line

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by Anonymousreply 28November 21, 2023 9:58 PM

Fred MacMurray, and his wife, actress June Haver, photographed with Cesar Romero at the opening of his Cappuccino Ristorante.

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by Anonymousreply 29November 21, 2023 10:16 PM

I remember Fred MacMurray was quoted by Rona Barrett saying that Cesar's breath smelled like "ball sweat"

by Anonymousreply 30November 22, 2023 12:16 AM

He actually meant Cock Breath and the reason we all brought toothbrushes and paste to the video arcades in the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 31November 22, 2023 1:00 AM

Oh, we are in Chicago for the November opening of a new restaurant called Le Perroquet.

Hope it turns out to be a good place.

by Anonymousreply 32November 22, 2023 1:08 AM
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