Remains of L.A.


I have another blog, called Remains of L.A.
I link to it in my bio but I thought make a bigger point of it here.
It’s nothing like Hatpin Slayer at all, but it’s really neat.
It’s about old Los Angeles-area restaurants. I go to them (or did, back before the pandemic) and write about what they looked like and what the people were like and how it felt to sit in them and think about how things were when they weren’t as old.
And of course I’d eat the food and I’d write about that a little, but it wasn’t really the point of the blog.
Now that we can’t go to restaurants the same way we used to, I’m enjoying reading through the old posts and remembering what it was like.
I’ve done 68 restaurants, and some of them have closed down since I wrote about them. I know a lot more have closed in the last six months but I haven’t been able to bear the thought of it, and I haven’t checked at all.
I’ve loved so many of the restaurants, it’s hard to pick out favorites. You can just look at the list of all 68, arranged by year they opened, but I’ll link to a few of the ones I especially like here.




Author: Sarah McKinley Oakes

Sarah McKinley Oakes is an L.A.-area writer, nanny, and library clerk. Her other website is, where she writes up old restaurants but barely mentions the food. To contact Sarah, email her at, or DM the Hatpin Slayer Facebook page

1 thought on “Remains of L.A.

  1. I am in love with your website, Sarah. This particular writeup struck me something fierce, probably because I lived around the corner for 11 years and spent the last couple years of my functional alcoholism on or under pretty much every spot pictured in the review. I’m glad to be sober now but the couple vaguely fond memories I have of this place are embedded in your writing. And in some very regrettable karaoke.
    Seeya next week zoom-ily!

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