Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WHITTIER meet WHITTIER

It has been said that we all have a twin somewhere in the world. somewhere in another state or country there is someone that looks just like you, strange! Well apparently this also applies to awesome little cities like Whittier. Ladies and gentlemen I give you


WHITTIER, ALASKA!

"North to the Future"




Welcome to Whittier, Alaska
The Whittier Glacier near Whittier was actually was named for our very own poet John Greenleaf Whittier in 1915. As of 2006, there were 177 people, 86 households, and 46 families residing in the city of Whittier. The racial make up of the city was 79.12% White, 7.14% Asian, 5.49 Native American, and 8.24% from two or more races. Two people were Hispanic or Latino!! My God this place is PRIMED and ready for a CHEMA'S TACOS!

Apparently John was a big deal back in the day, HELLO!


COMING SOON to Whittier ALASKA! LOL
Whittier Alaska has a small museum with some very nice Alaskan military collection. Check out the

http://www.alsap.org/Attu/Attu.htm

Both cities have a haunting similarity. Back in 1964 Whittier Alaska suffered a huge earthquake that triggered a tsunamis killing 14. We all know about the Whittier earthquake in 1987, no bueno!!

Whittier, Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964
Whittier, California Earthquake 1987
Whittier is a popular port of call for cruise ships, as it has connections to Anchorage and the interior of Alaska by both highway and train. It is the embarkation / debarkation point of the Denali Express nonstop rail service to and from Denali National Park operated by Princess Tours. Whittier is also popular with tourist, sport, fisherman and hunters.

Can you imagine


Just pull in to port and explore


Hey you never know you just might find yourself in Whittier, Alaska one day? If you do you you might want to check out the Inn At Whittier: First class hotel lodging located minutes from ...
This place looks awesome. It looks like Whittier would be a great place to visit one day. So I guess it is true we all have a twin out there. Even though the Whittier's aren't identical it is sort of cool knowing there is another Whittier out there.

You out there Whittier Alaska peeps let's here from you!

Inn at Whittier



A wide variety of tours & activities are available in Whittier:
Summer Activities

Friday, July 20, 2012

WHITTIERS BEST BURGERS / Take Out

We have all done it played the game "who has the best" we search high and low for the best tasting food around. I started my quest long ago for the best cheeseburger in Whittier. I have tasted many cheeseburgers let me tell you. I have hit the local joints, the sit down chains, the coffee shops I have read your reviews on YELP and I can assure you I have done my homework. This was a difficult task not only because there are so many places to choose from but how would I make it fair knowing I had to include chain restaurants as well as our local establishments. I decided to go with the bracket system so for your enjoyment I give you BURGER BRACKETOLOGY!

I did not include these guys: Mc Donald's I know, I know they have the best fries, Jack in the Box, Burger King, In & Out (not in Whittier Anyway), Weinersnitzle they have a decent burger, Del Taco.

Here we go! I would love your feedback let me know if I left out your favorite burger joint I will stop by and give it the old taste test.

* Rating was based on Taste, Affordability and how much I like to hang out at the establishment.

 Burger Bracketology

Take Out Food Bracket

Douglas
  Norm's Famous
Norm's Famous
Golden Ox   Norm's Famous
  Rick's       WINNER!
Rick's
   Norm's Famous
Spartan
  Time Out
Time Out   Time Out
Chris N Pitts
  Chris N Pitt's
Rubi's


14244 Whittier Blvd
Whittier CA
90605
562.693.8616

It really is a great burger!

When you talk about cheeseburger's in any town one of the most prestigious honors you can bestow on a fast food joint is to say they are "THE BEST". Now this list may change from week to week, month to month or year to year I don't know? But today right now, this minute it is Norm's Famous Charbroiled Burgers. With most of these places you can't really go wrong they are all pretty good. Also before some of the die hards get crazy telling me I left off a few places let me clarify a few things. TAM's went heads up with Rubi's and got beat so that is why they are not on the list. Also Doublz got punked by Douglas and that is why they didn't make the list. Michaels Burgers got beat by Ricks and that is why they were left off. Shout Out to Time Out Burgers they are real good and it was close. So Norm's it is all you for now great location, great price, always great tasting! I hear you can even take your food in to Slam Dunk Bar if you want to have a beer with your burger!

WHITTIERS BEST BURGERS / Original Whittier

We have all done it played the game "who has the best" we search high and low for the best tasting food around. I started my quest long ago for the best cheeseburger in Whittier. I have tasted many cheeseburgers let me tell you. I have hit the local joints, the sit down chains, the coffee shops I have read your reviews on YELP and I can assure you I have done my homework. This was a difficult task not only because there are so many places to choose from but how would I make it fair knowing I had to include chain restaurants as well as our local establishments. I decided to go with the bracket system so for your enjoyment I give you BURGER BRACKETOLOGY!

I did not include these guys: Mc Donald's I know, I know they have the best fries, Jack in the Box, Burger King, In & Out (not in Whittier Anyway), Weinersnitzle they have a decent burger, Del Taco.

Here we go! I would love your feedback let me know if I left out your favorite burger joint I will stop by and give it the old taste test.

* Rating was based on Taste, Affordability and how much I like to hang out at the establishment.


BURGER BRACKETOLOGY


ORIGINAL WHITTIER BRACKET

Bailey St Café
  Bailey St Café
Red Oak BBQ
Scotty's Family Restaurant   Scotty's Family Restaurant
  Scotty's Family
Rocky Cola         WINNER!
          Scotty's        
Vintage Café
  Vintage Café
California Grill   Vintage Café
www.uptownvintagecafe.com/
Jack's Salad Bowl
  Jack's Salad B
Mimo's


Scotty's Family Restaurant
8426 Laurel Ave
Whittier             CA
                            90605
562.698.8636

WOW this bracket actually made me tear up a little so many of my favorites in this bracket. Even though I could not pass them to the later rounds I have to give prop's to Mimo's. I like this place and enjoy the burgers. Jack's is awesome and they have an amazing cheeseburger special that is one of my favorites but we can only have one winner. If you haven't been to the Vintage Cafe do yourself a solid and go check it out. Amazing cheeseburgers and martini's that is hard to beat! But when you are out and about and you need to pop in and grab some good comfort food Scotty's is the ticket. Great burgers all of the time and easy to get to, amazing service and just a great place to grab lunch. When I eat here I am actually proud I live in Whittier. They put so much effort in to the little things to make your experience a great one. Thank you Scotty's! 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

WHITTIERS BEST BURGERS / Restaurant Chain

We have all done it played the game "who has the best" we search high and low for the best tasting food around. I started my quest long ago for the best cheeseburger in Whittier I have tasted many cheeseburgers let me tell you. I have hit the local joints, the sit down chains, the coffee shops I have read your reviews on YELP and I can assure you I have done my homework. This was a difficult task not only because there are so many places to choose from but how would I make it fair knowing I had to include chain restaurants as well as our local establishments. I decided to go with the bracket system so for your enjoyment I give you  BURGER BRACKETOLOGY!

I did not include these guys: Mc Donalds I know, I know they have the best fries, Jack in the Box, Burger King, In & Out (not in Whittier Anyway), Weinersnitzle they have a decent burger, Del Taco.

Here we go! I would love your feedback let me know if I left out your favorite burger joint I will stop by and give it the old taste test.

* Rating was based on Taste, Affordability and how much I like to hang out at the establishment.

BURGER BRACKETOLOGY


RESTAURANT CHAIN BRACKET

Chili's
  Chili's
Black Angus
Norm's Restaurant   Chili's
  Polly's Pies
Polly's Pies       WINNER!
  Marie Calender's
Red Robin
  Red Robin
Denny's   Marie Calender's
Ruby's Diner
  Marie Calender's
Marie Calender's


Trust me this is a serious tasting cheeseburger!
Marie Callender's
12402 E Washington Ave
Whittier          90602
562.693.2724
Call your order in and take it home 562.693.2724

Great bar area, great T.V's, great beer, Fantastic Cheeseburgers!
 Honestly this was no contest for me I really love some of the burger's in this bracket but
Marie Calender's takes the cake or pie I should say. You cannot beat the price and the taste of Marie Calender's Cheeseburgers and if you haven't had the Cheeseburger Special yet please go now! You can sit in the bar it is a warm inviting atmosphere with T.V's everywhere. If you are a sports fan this is a great place to watch a game and have a beer and great cheeseburger. When you are done grab your slice of pie to go and have it later it is a NO BRAINER people!

WHITTIER'S BEST BURGERS / Bar & Lounge

We have all done it played the game "who has the best" we search high and low for the best tasting food around. I started my quest long ago for the best cheeseburger in Whittier I have tasted many cheeseburgers let me tell you. I have hit the local joints, the sit down chains, the coffee shops I have read your reviews on YELP and I can assure you I have done my homework. This was a difficult task not only because there are so many places to choose from but how would I make it fair knowing I had to include chain restaurants as well as our local establishments. I decided to go with the bracket system so for your enjoyment I give you BURGER BRACKETOLOGY! 

I did not include these guys: Mc Donalds I know, I know they have the best fries, Jack in the Box, Burger King, In & Out (not in Whittier Anyway), Weinersnitzle they have a decent burger, Del Taco.

Here we go! I would love your feedback let me know if I left out your favorite burger joint I will stop by and give it the old taste test.

* Rating was based on Taste, Affordability and how much I like to hang out at the establishment.

 BURGER BRACKETOLOGY


BAR & LOUNGE BRACKET

The Bottle Room
  The Bottle Room
Sage
Tubby's Tavern  
 The Bottle Room
  Tubby's        WINNER!
Firehouse Grill
   The Bottle Room
6740
    6740
Spin Lounge   
   6740
Seta Lounge
  Seta Lounge
Steve's BBQ

Great Patio day or night!


The Bottle Room "Original Burger"
6741 Greenleaf Ave
      Whittier               CA  
                                90601
562.696.8000



This was a tough bracket these places are all great! I am not in the business of bashing anyone that has the unbelievable task of running their own biz. I will leave that up to the Yelpers. So when it comes to Bar Burgers I am looking for something good tasting, I am looking for a good portion at a good price. I can also appreciate a good atmosphere that goes a long way. If The 6740 and The Bottle Room were two thoroughbred horses this would have been a photo finish. The Bottle Room wins by a nose! The Patio is legit and the beer selection is so great. Be careful with the beers though strong stuff. It is a great location, great food and a nice place to have a burger and some beers FO SHO!
The Bottle Room Original Burger with sweet onion relish and Arugula with Blue Cheese and Swiss, HELLO!! Served with sweet potato fries it is so legit.
www.thebottleroombar.com

Friday, July 13, 2012

MY WHITTIER MUSEUM

This was my first blog written 7/13/2012

I recently took a trip to the Whittier Museum, California on Greenleaf and Newlin Ave and if you haven't visited and you are a true Whittier resident you should really check it out. I took the tour and learned about how Whittier came to be and it was really interesting. As I was halfway through the tour it started to dawn on me even though this is pretty cool none of "My Whittier" history was really included. I have spent over 35 years of my life here in Whittier growing up in the 70's & 80's and My Whittier history is so different from our great ancestors but in my opinion just as relevant. So I decided to start my own museum with all of the things that I remember about Whittier.
Please note: the "Museum" will be constantly updated so check back frequently. Also if you have anything you want to add please send me your input and we will see if it makes the cut. I would love to hear from any and all Whittier peeps! Send me pics!


MY WHITTIER MUSEUM


The historic Whittier Walk In I actually saw STAR WARS & E.T in this theatre I would do anything to go back for one more matinée. The Whittier Earthquake of 1987 jacked this place all up and just like that the party was over, sucks!

fineartamerica.com


After the Earthquake 1987

Lets not forget the Sundown Drive In ;)



Skateland ruled! I remember waiting outside for the doors to open and once you got inside it was so great! We were drinking blue slurpees, playing video games, couples skating to REO SPEEDWAGON life didn't get much better than that. Great, great times at Skateland

"Couples Skate, Couples Skate"

 

The 'Whittier Walker,' a.k.a. 'Violin Man' Bows His Way Into Legend ...

Some people called him The Fiddler, some called him the Uptown Walker, some even called him the Violin Man. He was known for walking the streets of Whittier with his violin case. Everyone wondered if he was homeless but the reality was he wasn't homeless or crazy he was just a man of mystery who loved music.
These amazing paintings were painted by Artist Wanda Riske please visit her website and read the story of how she came to paint the violin man http://wandariske.com/
Memorial on Washington near Central Park

King Cole Market was such a great market I remember getting excited to go hoping I would get something out of the deal. Mom's would go and get stuff to make menudo for dad, mmmmmmmmmmmm menudo!! Good times.

King Cole Market was located on Washington Blvd

Inside King Cole Market


Remember Blue Chip Stamps?

KAUFMAN FIELD was where we played baseball for Pioneer Little League. The field was on Washington Blvd. it is now an Extra Space Storage facility but before that it was an awesome baseball field. You can see a little bit of it in this team photo I wish it was still there.

Kaufman Field 1979

If you played in the Pioneer Little League in the late 1970's early 1980's you had to hit Rubi's Ice Cream when it was just a little shack on the corner of Washington and Norwalk. It is still there and it still has great shakes go by and check it out. I would love to post a picture of the old location if anyone has one drop me a line.

Coffee Milkshakes rule!

Hinshaw's was located at the Quad before old Navy and Ralph's. Hinshaw's stood there and it was the place to go for a nice winter coat. They even had a coffee shop!


Steak Corral is one of the most recognized places in Whittier. The little cowboy has been painted a few times but he still holds his vintage Whittier charm.

What is the little cowboys name?


ALPHA BETA MARKET Right next to Whittier High remember!?



The actual location!
We got all of our sports equipment at these two store in the 80's Sargent's and Conlin Bros!




Whittier High School has to be included in my museum. I have to say that there are a good amount of pictures of Whittier High School in the Whittier Museum so props for that. Whittier was and is such a great campus Hollywood came calling in the 80's and filmed Back to the Future so awesome!

Fred C. Nelles or as we called it "The Bad Boy School" was a really strange thing. Here we were in this nice little town and there was a boys prison right in our backyard. My elementary school was right next to it and we would always try and look under the fence to see if we could catch a glimpse of what was going on. When the inmates would escape the whole neighborhood would go on lock down it was pretty scary!

The Bad Boy School


Remember when the Vans store was in Uptown!




Wallace S Wiggins was my elementary school. It was opened in 1955 on a 10 acre parcel of land adjacent to Fred C Nelles. Wiggins was the 4th school in the Los Nietos district. The school officially closed in 1989 and there is no trace of it since. I did some digging and found this image I can still remember every inch of this place. If anyone has photos please contact me.


Wallace S Wiggins School


COOL A COO Ice Cream was so awesome! Who knew we had a Cool A Coo plant right in our backyard on Hadley.

These were so good! I wish I could have one right now!



After I graduated from Wiggins we had a big Shindig at Sir George's Smorgasbord! It wasn't good but I had a great time I think it used to be on Whittier Blvd towards the Whittwood mall.

They had a Knight Mennequin in the lobby!
Bob's Big Boy used to stand on the corner of Philadelphia and Painter it was a beautiful thing when Bob lived here. The food, the Ice cream, the breakfast wow. I miss you Bob. California Grill now lives where Bob used to stand and California Grill is good but IT AIN'T NO BOB's!!

Cheeseburgers to die for!

Normally when you think of pizza Whittier isn't the first thing that comes to mind but let me tell you we have had some good ones! We have Stuft pizza and that is some damn good pizza let me tell you! We had Barro's pizza on Greenleaf back in the day. You had to go downstairs to get to it, it was a crazy location but it was there. We also had Ambrose pizza and that was the grand daddy of all pizza I loved that pizza! You can still get Ambrose pizza it is now in La Mirada but will always be a Whittier pizza joint.


Barro's pizza / 16130 Leffingwell Road, Whittier 90603 (562) 943.7251
Ambrosepizza.com / 12739 valley View Ave, La Mirada (562)802.7545

In 1985 this sicko changed Whittier forever! Richard Ramirez sent shock waves through the city when he went on his killing spree. I remember seeing these flyer's on telephone poles and how scared I would get looking at them. 1985 was the year you could no longer sleep with your windows open. This son of a bitch took the lives of two Whittier residents and that is when it really hit home! Fortunately he was eventually caught by residents of East L.A and beat down. He is on death row waiting for his one way ticket to HELL.

Caught March 27, 1985

Sundown Liquor is where I scored my first six pack I had to include it in my museum. I drive by there all of the time and always tip my cap.


Sundown Liquor located on Lambert


Who could forget the Cat Patch? I remember being about 16 years old. I made a mustache out of some electrical tape and went to the Cat Patch to see if I could get in. And I actually did!!! When they came up for my drink order I freaked out and walked out.




Memorial Park or as we called it back in the day "Dead Man's Park" this park is a hidden gem of sorts. This park was great for ditching class if you wanted to take a few periods off just take a stroll over to Dead Man's Park and it was all good.


Some say it is haunted? NAH!!

 

WHITTWOOD MALL PEOPLE!!



Tony's Pizza was located in the food park at the Whittwood Mall


In the 1980's it was truly an amazing time for music every genre was represented. When you needed to get the latest Duran Duran cassette or album Lovell's had you covered. Lovell's was and is a true pioneer it is still there on Greenleaf doing what it has always done. Drop in on Lovell's and browse the used C.D section you are always guaranteed to find a hidden treasure!

The O.G of Greenleaf

Did you ever eat at the Bright Spot? This was an old breakfast place on the corner of Bright and Penn. I remember the counter and the old man that used to cook up eggs and pancakes, good stuff.

The Bright Spot on Bright St & Penn
Pic N Save was way ahead of its time back in the day it was the alternate store. It was a cross between the market and K-mart and Dollar Tree. Big Lots took over and both Big Lot locations in Whittier were Pic N Save stores at one time.


SACKETT & PETERS was serving Whittier when Home Depot was just a scratch in his daddy's pants!

Sacket was located where Roadhouse Grill is now.

The Ember's Bar, Poor Denny's and The Pub were all local watering holes back in the day. Washington Blvd was known for the old dive bars and a few of them are still around. If you want to have a drink like they did back in the day hit one of these bars.

Palm Park in the 80's




St. Mary's School and Church. How many old school Whittier peeps went to school here? Maybe you did your First Holy Communion? Do you remember the St. Mary's Carnival, good times people good times!!



This used to be the old Green Burrito restaurant not the chain. It was awesome our family would go here on hot days and get Raspadas (shaved Ice) it was made on this huge industrial Ice shaver. It would make powder, so damn good! A huge tub would cost $2.50 i could use some Green Burrito shaved Ice this summer. They were called Raspadas at this place not Raspados weird but true.

Green Burrito best raspadas ever!
Mexican Air Conditioner!! This thing makes the real Raspada Ice!

Thrifty Ice Cream, enough said.


Grab some at Rite Aid Uptown!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to MY WHITTIER MUSEUM and I hope you come back and see us real soon. As I said before I will be updating this entry any time I get new stuff. Remember if you have anything you think would make for a good addition let me know.