When I started researching bars, nightclubs and restaurants popular during the years the Garden of Allah Hotel was open, one of the names that appeared regularly in memoirs and autobiographies was the Tick Tock Tea Room at 1716 Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood. This shot is from around 1950, but it was open a long time, from 1934 to 1988 and seemed to be everybody’s perennial favorite. I guess it’s because they served hearty comfort food quickly and cheaply to people living in an increasingly busy, urban, and sprawling metropolis. They also became famous for their famous sticky orange rolls that people couldn’t get enough of.
For more information, see: The Tick Tock Tea Room: Comfort Food From An Uncomfortable Era