Rae’s is a classic greasy spoon, a staple of Santa Monica, and a popular filming location. If you’ve seen a 50’s style diner in a movie, chances are, it’s Rae’s. Though busy for weekend brunch, it is usually fairly mellow.
Entering the restaurant, a wave of nostalgia and greasy goodness washes over you. The griddle is always a sizzle with bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns. Though the restaurant is small, there is usually an open booth or two, or at least a stool at the bar.
Coffee is typical diner quality and freely flowing. Pancakes are forgettable, eggs a bit too greasy, chili requires tabasco sauce for flavor. Bacon is good and crispy, ask for potatoes and hashbrowns well-done. The standout is the french fries, light and crisp and airy, despite their thick-cut appearance.
The food is unremarkable, adequate for a greasy spoon, but you don’t come here for the food. You come for the smell of the bacon, the feel of the vinyl booths, the laziness of an hour-long breakfast and a cup of coffee that never gets cold. You come for Rae’s, and you are never disappointed.