'The Pacific Dining Car was an early favorite of the Hollywood set, with Mae West, Louella Parsons and Mickey Cohen counted as regulars. The richly-colored interior has been immortalized numerous times on screen, most famously in the 2001 crime drama, "Training Day." In the restaurant's Pacific Northwest Room, Denzel Washington meets with the Three Wise Men and recommends the Baseball Steak. In the 1974 noir classic "Chinatown," the exterior briefly masks as the Pig 'n Whistle in a series of photographs that J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) looks through. The steakhouse also popped up in 2008's "Street Kings", 2011's "Rampart"' and Showtime's "Shameless".
Eating at the Pacific Dining Car is the quintessential throwback restaurant experience. It’s almost been swallowed by the neighborhood. The Good Samaritan Hospital on one side, a shady gas station and U-Haul rental place on the other. But the minute you step across the threshold and are greeted by the maître d, you’re immediately back in the 1920s, back in old LA. They found oil on Signal Hill. They’re making talkies over at Warner Bros. Didja hear about the Coliseum they built by USC? And the steaks, as ever, are excellent.