Written By
Joe Nascenzi
Joe Nascenzi - June 27, 2012


One of the oldest steak houses in Los Angeles, the Buggy Whip has been serving up steak, lobster, drinks and more in Westchester since 1949. If you haven’t checked this place out before, be sure to stop on by next time you’re heading to or from LAX, you won’t regret it. The highlight of this place is the ambiance & old feel charm – wood panel walls, live piano music, stained glass windows, old photos on the wall and more. The decor will instantly put a smile on your face as you feel you’re transported back in time to the 1960’s Mad Men era.

This place hails from a time when the Hollywood Park racetrack & The Forum were at their peak. Visitors would stop on by for a fancy dinner before or after an evening out. It’s known to be a place movie stars have stopped at for countless years on their way to and from LAX. It’s also been used as a filming locale for countless films and shows including the likes of SuperBad & Blow.

The Food

The food is simple yet tasty – I can’t imagine the menu’s been updated much if at in the past 20-30 years. If you take a seat at the bar, you have access to the bar menu. This consists of everything from a giant baked potato, to sauteed broccoli, to pork ribs. Nothing fancy, but it’s fairly reasonably priced. If you’re looking for over-sized portions, big steaks and lobster, be sure to take a seat at a table. The steaks aren’t tops in Los Angeles, but they are decent – you’re more paying for the portions & ambiance at this place.

The Drinks

Drinks here are hit or miss. Their house margarita during happy hour is surprisingly good for what it is. However the Old Fashioned and Campari Soda I ordered were sub par. The must order drink when you visit is the Buggy Whip Coffee. They take coffee mixed with Kahlua and Grand Marnier and top it with whipped cream and a cherry. The resulting drink is a warm, spicy & rich taste treat.

They have standard American macro beers – Bud, Coors, etc. Nothing great to drink with a steak. The wine list is also nothing special.

What’s Nearby

Dear John’s – Culver City
Proud Bird – Westchester



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