Want to try something spooky this Halloween? If you happen to be in California during the Halloween season and are too old to go ‘trick-or-treating,’ here are 6 haunted restaurants that boast of both their menu & ghosts you might want try. Should you have the courage to face an apparition or desire a “spine tingling” with your meal, you may just want to visit any of these festive venues.
1. Bakery in Los Angeles
Sweet Lady Jane is located at 8360 Melrose Ave. Waiters rumor that the spirit of Orson Welles wearing a cape has been seen at this establishment. Not only has the celebrity been sighted, the aroma of brandy fills the air & visions of cigar smoke have been noted at his table. Although Mr Welles has made his presence known here, he oddly passed away three years before this bakery actually opened. http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/w/orson/orsonwelles.htm
2. Burgers in Santa Monica
Patrick’s Roadhouse at 106 Entrada Dr is frequented by two ghosts: the late former owner, Bill Fischer, and a sad woman wearing black. Witnesses explain that the woman was heartbroken brothel worker of the past from an old nearby hotel, while others say she is La Llorona, an infamous Latina apparition who haunts various American establishments. Bill Fischer was known to ridicule customers who complained about the food while he was alive. It was reported to foodandwine.com that a chef actually resigned after being visited by what seemed to be a dissatisfied apparition of Mr. Fischer supervising the kitchen staff after his death . http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-haunted-restaurants-and-hotels/11
3. Steakhouse in Rancho Cucamonga
Sycamore Inn is located at 8318 Foothill Blvd and served as an inn since the mid-1800s. Early residents of Rancho Cucamonga, John Rains & Ramon Carillo, were said to have been murdered there (http://www.thesycamoreinn.com/history.html). The killers were never brought to justice. Employees report hearing unexplained sounds in the upstairs hallways/bedrooms & in the basement. Other rumors reveal that a man clothed in cowboy style roams the premises.
4. Mexican Cuisine in San Diego
El Fandango on 2734 Calhoun St is visited by the mournful soul of a woman dressed in white, Victorian era clothing. The restaurant is located in Old Town San Diego and was built on the former Machado Family Estate. Although the spirit is known as grieving during her haunts, she also visits the restaurant with occasional bursts of anger. It is rumored that the woman in white may have died in the fire that originally destroyed the Machado home in 1858. (Allen, Westway)
5. Mexican Eatery in San Juan Capistrano
El Adobe de Capistrano is found at 31891 Camino Capistrano. The building structure itself is centuries old. There are two spirits that wander this venue. The most famous of the two is a headless monk with an axe that hangs around idly at the front door. The other ghost remains in the wine cellar which was formerly a jail cell. Other ghost stories include patrons feeling tapped on the shoulder by invisible entities and random cold spots found throughout the venue. http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/905
6. Meat Lovers’ Haven in Calabasas
Saddle Peak Lodge on 419 Cold Canyon Road sits on the hills north of Malibu. Ernest Hemingway enjoyed dining here in the past. Although it may seem like a “masculine” venue with it’s hunting lodge setting, female patrons like it here as well. The spirit who dwells in this restaurant is a female ghost with long, dark hair. Her favorite table is number 41. http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-history-of-saddle-peak-lodge/
Ghosts or no ghosts, these establishments have excellent reviews in terms of service & food on Yelp.com except for El Fandango in San Diego which scored only two stars at the time that this article was written. If you don’t see an apparation during your meal, at least you would have had an awesome serving of great food.
Dan Allen, Westways, October 2013