Monday, October 19, 2009

Giveaway: Norms Restaurant celebrates 60 years in SoCal!

Ian, CC and I have driven by Norms Restaurant plenty of times, and I've always thought it looked like somewhere Starsky and Hutch would go if they got hungry while chasing bad guys in the '70s.

And it intrigued me.
It typifies that mysterious part of Los Angeles that seems to exist in another era -- and in this era at the same time. Perhaps its the retro architecture, or perhaps it's their comfort-food menu that's always in style no matter what people are wearing, be it poodle skirts or faux-hawks.

In any case, I was down for a cheeseburger, and this 24/7 eatery in West Hollywood (among other SoCal locations) was ready to provide a 1/2 pound of cheesy goodness. (Ian decided on the healthier soup and salad.) We also went on a Tuesday, when kids eat free. So CC swung for Hey, Batter Batter (aka fried fish fillets).

Norms: 3. Hunger: 0. Wallet angst: Less than 0.

We had a great time at the place referenced in Tom Waits' song "Eggs and Sausage." The place, on a rainy(!) and cold L.A. night, was not very crowded, which helped with some nighttime grumps from the *cough* toddler *cough*. The staff was friendly and smiled through our Terrible Twos pain.

It was also fun eyeing the menu, which noted the 60th anniversary of Norms. Apparently, Meryl Streep was also born the same year as Norms, in 1949, when the average yearly income was less than $3,000 and housing prices were a mere $7,500.

That last fact almost made me choke on my sesame-seed bun.

***** GIVEAWAY *****

In honor of Norms Restaurants' 60th birthday, I'm giving away $60 in coupons to the burger, steak, brownie, you-name-it joint. As of Friday, Oct. 30, please leave a comment at this link: http://bit.ly/1w07PO

Good luck, and I'll announce the winner Monday, Nov. 9!

(Top photo courtesy of You-are-here.com.)

35 comments:

Horse said...

I love me the Club Sandwich w/ Hashbrowns instead of Fries. :D And the Bigger Better Breakfast is awesome, too! ;)

Byahh said...

The loaded hashbrowns with a side of scrambled eggs and wheat toast, oh, so great!

Veronica said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new york steak dinner, especially since it comes with a baked potato and dessert =D

hot fudge brownie with that heavenly scoop of vanilla ice cream

trouble said...

I had steak and eggs and hotcakes last time.Perfection. I always get my scrambled coffee house eggs with cheese or salsa; the addition makes them edible.

Justin said...

My favorite item is probably the Chicken strip dinner! :) With fries and veggies on the side and I usually get two salads with thousand island! Just thinking about it makes me want to go right now to get some! I also like the giant brownie for deseret if I have people to share it with!

I also fallow norms on facebook (thus how I found out about this!)

Regina said...

I love their New York Steak Dinner! you get everything and never leave there hungry! It is a place i go to unwind with my friends. It is also where I take my nephew, so his parents can have a nice evening out! We always have a blast :)

I also follow Norm's on facebook :)

Anne-Marie said...

I love the steak and eggs breakfast, especially at night. Norms is a great place to go late. I am a fan of Norms on Facebook. The brownie sunday is good too!

Kellyannk308 said...

I only go to NOrms after church on Sunday morning Bigger better breakfast is best valve breakfast in City of LA

Kellyannk308 said...

THanks to you I just add Norms restaurant to my facebook page and Twitter

justJENN said...

Toast?

jeaton1075 said...

it's fun going while they are filming one of their commercials. they actually tell everyone that's eating to be quiet. i like the all-you-can-eat night, although the ribs are tough sometimes

Monty said...

Love The NORMS CLASSIC HAMBURGER! Got to go get me one now!

Tyler said...

The correct thing to get on the menu is obviously the Chicken Tender Platter with a Shake.

Included:
-Soup
-Salad
-Garlic Bread
-Shake
-French Fries
-Chicken Tenders
-Veggies

-Enough food to kill a horse... but oh so good.

Amber said...

Grilled cheese & fries with A1 sauce & ketchup mixed 1/2 and 1/2. My late night classic!

Stacey said...

I love the Lemon Chicken and the Avo Gobble sandwich.

I am a fan of Norms on facebook. That's how I found out about this site.

Gravy Jefferson said...

New York Steak, medium rare, with shrimp, salad with Ranch dressing, Baked Potato, wash it down with an Arnold Palmer.
BOOM goes the Dynamite.

Jenna said...

Oh man, I love the corned beef hash with eggs. It comes with hashbrowns and pancakes---ohhh man, I love it!!

Pauline said...

Big old stack of buttermilk pancakes and a poached egg for me.

Pauline said...

I meant Hotcakes...!

Kellyannk308 said...

ON Dinner hour I like Fishman wharf dinner with all you can eat various fish or fries or salad

I think Norms restaurant is best kept secret in town

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

Favorite memory of Norms? Let's see, I have lots of them because when I was 17, I got a job there as a food server. I worked there with my best friend. Okay, now I feel old. It was 1996, the morning after Christmas. All the servers called in sick except for me and my best friend. The place was packed, just like it is on the weekends. We were the only two working the floor and we were slammed! Our manager came in, but she had a CRAZY commute from Palm Springs. So by the time she got there, the rush was over. I will never forget that day. We made a lot of money and needed several margaritas to recover from the madness.

OCNanis1 said...

What is not to love about Norm's? There are so many good meals to choose from. When I think of breakfast, I think of the Veggie Omelet that comes with avocado. YUMMY!! I think of their perfect pancakes & you can't forget the french toast. Absolutely scrumptious! Friday nights means it is a definite serving of the clam chowder soup regardless the weather or season. Of course this with a steak & shrimp dinner. Oh Norm's, if only you would come to San Bernardino County. I miss you :0(

goalmom said...

They have lots of great things on the menu, but I always look forward to the Super Scooper Schooner Sundae.

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goalmom said...

I just followed on Twitter.

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metrogate97 said...

I love the veggie burger

metrogate97 said...
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metrogate97 said...

I became a fan of Norms.

dot4me said...

My favorite is still Norm's classic burger.....

buschmeister said...

I remember growing up in the 70's and this was where my family would go for breakfast on the weekends. Always and I mean always it would be French toast, French fries and a Coke and I still eat it today.

cpullum said...

The CALIFORNIA OMELETTE!!!!!!
Carla
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dolls123 said...

I like the GIGANTIC HOT FUDGE BROWNIE A LA MODE

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dolls123 said...

I follow Norms on facebook (michelle rosborough) & twitter (dolls123)

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Naomi said...

My absolute favorite is the soup, salad and desert! I love the potato leak and meatball soup. In fact I had it last night, Mmmmmm, so good!

Jessica L. said...

I love the veggie omlet with fresh fruit and pancakes. I always think I'm going to be too full for the pancakes... But surprisingly, there's always room! :)

Debby said...

I always remember going to Norms in those crazy allnighters of college days. Still love the chef's salad! And your soups are some of the best around! My friends and family meet at your restaurant, at least, monthly, sometimes more often. Thanks for being there and having such good food and great prices!

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