Route 66: Old Pasadena and Foothills Blvd

I started driving along Route 66 peering through a galore of vintage toys, candies and memorabilias while drinking homemade sodas and licking ice cream inside an old establishment called Fairoaks Pharmacy. Then, I had a flowery day in Los Angeles Arboretum.


In continuing of turning back the time, I decided to get some driving music. Just as well, Canterbury Records stores just what I need! This music bar holds more old records than new. They have international foreign music like you wouldn’t believe, the usual vinyl, world music, movie VHS tapes, instrumentals, speech, genres from pop to indie, everything. If you think physical album is dead, Canterbury Record is one of the few remaining record stores that still hold everything music and movie related, old and new. I bought me five 90’s music albums from the Used Section. I also bought Jack White’s solo album Blunderbuss which, by the way, is my frontrunner for the year’s best.


Going back to the parking lot, I spotted an old bookstore named Cliff’s. I went inside and came out of the bookstore with a smile. I got me a book called “A Separate Reality”, something I couldn’t find anywhere.

Both stores are located in the Old Pasadena. Now, I remember it as a place where I get to dig some old treasures, dust off some shelves and score rare finds and hidden gems. I also scanned the area for a little bit.



Moving right along. Now that I got a book to be excited about in reading it, and some CD’s to listen to, I continued my drive along Route 66 through East and West Foothill Blvd. My first stop is a Drive-In Theater, another lost recreation of the old days.


It was close as it was already late at night. I also passed along a SONIC, a fastfood place normally can be found in the eastside. I really wished I knew this before hand. I WILL go back some other time. I couldn’t stop because I still have two food places I wanna hit before the end of the day. One is a classic Mcdonald’s.


It’s has very small space. But for first- time visitors, choose dine-in instead of the drive-through. They have old pictures that show how they do business back in the day.

My last stop is Buffalo Inn. No, this isn’t a hotel but you can rest here after a good drive along Route 66. They have been serving buffalo burger since, as the sign says, 1929! Plain in simple, it’s a great food exploration if you want a different taste of meat in your burger. Their buffalo burger is not the only thing great about the place. I enjoyed and love their potato chips. It’s basically real potato slices dipped into oil and made crispy. It’s way better than french fries!


So if you’re in LA and want to take a break from modern lifestyle and all those technologies, take a drive in Route 66. It guarantees you a trip down memory lane and a transport back in the golden days.

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  1. We stayed about three blocks away from Cliff’s for a couple of months this summer. Every time we walked on Colorado Blvd, my husband had to stop in Cliff’s while I went to my favorite bookstore across the street, Vroman’s. Next time you’re in the area you’ll have to check it out.

    • You really do have a cool husband. Hehe. It was just that Cliff’s was en route nto where I parked. i love the simplicity of the bookstore. I didn’t think the attendant would find what I was looking for in an instant.

    • I’ll go to Sonic early of next month. The one in Mississippi, you get order while you park and they skateboard their way to bring you the food. I wonder if it’s the same thing here in LA.

      Love all your Historical LA posts. I’ll check it all out.

  2. Lovely post Rommel! Route 66 is firmly on my future US itinerary.
    You made me nostalgic for the wonderful collection of LPs that we gave away a few years ago, before we moved to this apartment! Wish we hadn’t 😦

    • I’m not sure which ones. It goes from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. It’s a long route and it’s very popular. I’m sure it has been used in movie plenty of times.

      • ah yes, the pixar movie cars was about the effect of the construction of interstate 40, bypassing a town that used to be a stopover along US Route 66. you will enjoy the movie for sure since you have been at route 66 πŸ™‚

      • Oh I see! I assumed it’s in Arizona. Then I googled it, and it says it really is. I actually have seen the movie before but just can’t remember it. Bwahahahaha.

        Btw, Whenever I click to your name, it doesn’t take me to your blogpage.

  3. With the gold rush of 1849, thousands of people sought routes to California, publicizing the area in an unprecedented way. The west was being opened and from trails such as the Santa Fe Trail, Jedediah Smith’s route across the Mojave Desert to San Bernardino and Beale’s Wagon Road across New Mexico and Arizona a transportation corridor began to emerge. The railroads would follow this corridor a few years later further establishing routes west that would someday become a part of Route 66. The railroad also provided new routes for wagon travel, and wagons increasingly followed alongside the tracks.

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