On the menu today…tastiness with a bit of terror
by Alexander Quebec
Halloween is the time for costumes, candy, and scary stories. Many cities across California have at least one place haunted that becomes a popular spot for ghost hunting groups and curiosity seekers alike. While schools, hospitals and theaters are the likely places for hauntings, any place could have one of their own, and restaurants are no exception. Here is a list of some of the most well known, and a few not so well known haunted eateries in California.
Patricks Roadhouse – Santa Monica, CA
The building is reportedly home to many ghosts as it was a hot dog stand, motel, brothel and trolley stop before turning into a restaurant. The most prominent ghost, however, is its former owner, Bill Fischler. Fischler was known for publicly shaming customers who made complaints against his food. Even today, he still checks up on his old place, scaring one employee with a disapproving glare enough to make him quit. Today, you’re as likely to spot celebrities as you are ghosts, here for their popular breakfast menu.
Mount Hamilton Grand View Restaurant – San Jose, CA
While the food receives high praise from guests and the view is to die for, many guests and employees also report flickering lights and the ghost of a small child running around the restaurant.
1400 Bar and Grill – Alameda, CA
The building that houses the restaurant was built in 1879. Known as the Britt Hotel then, it was purchase by J.G. Croll in 1883 after years of underperforming business. Renamed Croll’s, it was a popular restaurant throughout the 20th century, with locals, tourists visiting Neptune Beach and sailors stationed at the nearby Naval Base. Ghost sightings include a man in a uniform as well as cold spots typically found in many other haunted locations. Many visitors comment that the weekend brunch is one of the best in the area.
Depot Cafe and Restaurant – Maglia, CA
There have been sightings and hauntings at this former train depot turned restaurant. Employees report having their hair being pulled by unseen hands, floating apparitions of heads near the freezer, cold spots, noises and voices, items falling on the ground and flickering lights. There are reportedly three ghosts that haunt the place, a young girl, a woman in a house coat and a man dressed as a conductor. If you find yourself here or around Chico, give their Monte Cristo Sandwich and Eggs benedicts (pictured) a try.
The Derby – Arcadia, CA
Built by George Woolfe, a famous Jockey also known as “The Iceman” for his cool and collected nature during his races and for being the jockey of the racehorse Seabiscuit, the restaurant catered to Jockeys and those who enjoyed horse racing. In 1946, Woolf was fatally injured when he fell off of a horse while on a ride. Today, the current owners feel a presence within the restaurant, with foot step sounds coming from the stairs going into George’s old room on the second level, with some even seeing the spirit of George himself. If you’re going to check it out, the bacon wrapped filet and prime rib are the most popular entrees to try.
Dukes Malibu – Malibu, CA
Haunted by the ghost of the former owner Chris Polos, his spirit is said to still fuss over the bar at his former establishment. Employees have reported seeing the ghost of a woman walk along the walkway parallel to the restaurant. Finally, one male employee reported being pushed out of the woman’s restroom right before locking up for the night. Overall, however, the ghosts are friendly and do not appear to threaten anyone. While you’re checking it out, many guests recommend the happy hour and seafood entrees, especially the calamari.
Blue Agave – Pleasanton, CA
Occupying one of the oldest residences in Pleasanton, this restaurant is not only home to some amazing enchiladas, but also the home of several ghosts; former servants, a young girl and the former owner of the building occupy the restaurant according to one psychic. Papers have also been known to disappear and desk chairs have been known to roll around with no one in them.
King Eddy Saloon – Los Angeles, CA
Known for drinks and happy hours, this establishment is also home to a variation of the ghost hitchhiker phenomenon. An inebriated woman on the side of the road gets picked up by a stranger, who is then dropped off nearby Evergreen Cemetery at her request. Later on, she will vanish, and the driver will discover the woman’s tombstone. The ghost of a patron who committed suicide after a bender is also known to haunt the area.
The Continental Room – Fullerton, CA
The Continental Room contains a unique type of haunting, visitors might sometimes experience imprints of its former life as a speakeasy during the prohibition years. Usually, the living cannot interact with this type of haunting, many ghost hunters advise to just enjoy the experience. Two other ghosts include two men and women each, both of them appearing in Prohibition period clothing in the place.
Moss Beach Distillery – San Francisco, CA
Haunted by the blue lady, she is said to have had an illicit affair with another man. She and her lover were then assaulted on the beach nearby, she was killed while he survived. Today, instances such as dropped phone calls, floating checkbooks, missing earrings and other phenomena happen. The view of the ocean is quite impressive and the clam chowder is pretty popular here too.
So what did you guys think? Are there any other haunted places we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below.
This article got a little help from www.hauntedplaces.org, check them out tonight…if you dare
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