Pacific Dining Car another great place to eat in L.A.

On June 3, 2013 at 12 noon, I met someone that is truly a friend and a living legend in the world of Divorce aka Family Law. Sorrell Trope is as much a part of the game of Divorce today as he was almost 64 years ago when he began his law practice. A funny side note, ALMOST not all of the big shot lawyers in Los Angeles today at one time started at Trope & Trope. While at Trope & Trope they were given the tools to go out on their own and many became very very rich. Some of those very same lawyers still to this day have immense respect for Mr. Trope. The reason is simple Sorrell Trope made them who they are today, the way they built a practice and the way they dress. Sorrell Trope is without question the best dressed lawyer in America.

It was Sorrell who told me not too many years ago, you need to raise your rates and the rest is history. One of Mr. Tropes favorite places for us to meet for lunch is the Pacific Dining Car, 2700 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, Ca. 90403. All you have to do is to walk in and you realize why, it is total old school, classy, with great furniture, wonderful textures and the ambiance is clubish. It was founded in 1921 by Fred and Grace Cook and is going into its fourth generation of ownership. How about this, it is open 24 hours a day, and you can get incredible eats, 24 hours a day. Visit and read the history, it is a wonderful story, you will then understand the reason that it still exists today. I must warn some of you who are cheap this is not Astros….you will pay for the luxury of having a place like this to relax and gather your thoughts. For me and my friends, it is worth every dime.

When you visit the Pacific Dining Car you can sit in a well planned dining room and have a nice conversation. You also can enjoy what I think is some of the best steaks to be found in Los Angeles. And the sides, all are delicious and served right. Besides all of what I just stated, it is easy, and what does John like, and that is easy, easy to park (the parking attendant has been there 16 years, he will BTW wash your car if you like while you have lunch ) You walk into the front and you are immediately greeted by a large gentleman who will take you to your table. There really are no bad seats in the place. And you can talk and enjoy your meal with no noise, it is perfect! This place has been the cats meow for so many years who can count. It is that consistent watchfulness of someone that makes this place tick.

This afternoon I had a Chinese chicken salad and ice water (I am attempting to loose a little weight) Sorrell has his usual Arnold Palmer and he too orders a salad, a Cobb. The clean crisp linens, the incredible comfortable chairs and booths….unless you are a little bit of a tub forget about trying to squeeze into the booth.The food arrives and being that the place is well lit you can see your food clearly and it is chilled perfectly and a little dressing is provided on the side without asking. This day we sit in a booth, neither of us are tubs. The service is the best and Sorrell and I had a great lunch. It was wonderful to reflect about the news and just catch up I had not seen Sorrell in a couple of months.

If you are in the area feel free to stop in and see if what I am saying is not true. Don’t be cheap, park in the valet and tip the guy nicely, he is a real valet. Not like most of these unlicensed nit wits you find in most places. As you walk in you feel that you are stepping back in a time when going out to eat was an event, a peaceful and enjoyable event.

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Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian, Private Investigator
June 6, 2013
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