Sunday, December 23, 2007

Weekend Fun: El Cholo and the Galen Center

Yesterday afternoon we met relatives at my favorite restaurant, El Cholo in Los Angeles. El Cholo has been a Los Angeles institution since the 1920s. (We also like the El Cholo in La Habra, which opened in 1962.)

I have many happy memories of meals at El Cholo over my lifetime. When I was a teenager, a visit to El Cholo was often part of a trip to see a classic movie at places such as the County Art Museum's Bing Theater, or the now-gone Vagabond Theater on Wilshire Boulevard.

You can take a video tour of El Cholo online. Just off the lobby there is a room which is a shrine to nearby USC:

The other side of the room:

After dinner we adjourned to USC's beautiful Galen Center, which opened last season:

The USC men's basketball team beat Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 78-55. A photo gallery of the game is at the L.A. Times.

A great start to a long holiday weekend!


Blogger Irene said...

El Cholo! One of the places my husband took me when we were dating in the late 70's was El Cholos. He said they had the best Mexican food and he was right. We don't often make it up there but have taken our daughter a couple of times.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Kori and Ken Pellman said...

Kori and I love El Cholo, too. Been to the original, but I used to live close to the licensed one (different owners) in Pasadena. Now, we go to the one on Whittier. Green Corn Tamales!!!

If it isn't Green Corn Tamale season and you are in Pasadena, then the place to go is Mijares.

12:22 PM  

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