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  • May 27, 2000
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Pros: Mojo potatoes

Cons: Not aware of any

There are a few Shakey's Restaurants here in the Los Angeles City Basin. They are buffet style with take out pizza as well.

They are very popular at lunchtime for the business crowd. This would be between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The tables are spread out like cafeteria style and there are games for kids in the sitting area as well as another room full of games where you win tickets and cash in for prizes, stuffed toys, key chains, etc.

When you enter you go to the cashier and place your order, which could be a pizza or the buffet. They serve beer and soda along with juices. There are usually three or four pizzas out in the buffet and it could be ham and pineapple, pepperoni and cheese, sausage and mushroom, etc.

There is also the famous mojo potatoes. They are fresh sliced potatoes with their own seasoning and they are nice and crisp and crunchy. There is buffalo wings and spaghetti and chicken nuggets. There are two soups to choose from and one is often chicken noodle. On another side you will find the salad buffet, which I have not tried, except for the pickles. There are crackers for the soup and breadsticks also. There is a vegetable offering and I usually go for the corn when it is available.

You take the tray and sit at a table. There are free refills on the colas and you can have water if you prefer. Someone will take your tray and you can pick up another tray and chances are there will be another offering of pizza coming out of the oven. I have seen about four people behind preparing the food.

Shakey's provides High chairs for the little ones. For birthday gatherings, there is a sign on the street showing the person's name and if a kid, their age.

This is all based on one that is located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood area near Kaiser Hospital. There is another one on Santa Monica Boulevard further into Hollywood that I have gone for dinner and they have a separate bar and I watched the Super Bowl there one year. This one was set up as regular tables and you can move freely from the bar to a table to eat or have a slice of pizza at the bar. This Shakey's had about three Televisions and was busy at a steady pace for nighttime activities.

One time when my brother came out from New Jersey, I took him here to try the mojo potatoes and there is nothing similar to this in New Jersey. The prices are reasonable for the buffet and/or the pizzas.

The food is kept under the lights on the buffet and the area appears to be clean and not messy the times I have been there. The pizza is not the best pizza out there. I have enjoyed the sausage and the ham, but I go for the mojo potatoes and the variety of foods. I am able to have a hot meal with no wait, and keep my children interested in a few games while Mom gets a bite to eat.

For family gatherings, business lunches on the go, sports fans and the like, this would be a great place to relax, have a beer and slice of pie and try those mojo potatoes.

Remember to get the kids out of the game room before you leave, though. Hopefully they will have won a little prize and the crew will be satisfied.

Drive safely and stop after one beer, if you choose to have one. See you in Hollywood.


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Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
Great pizza buffet restaurant that are dissapearing from the US. Too bad, the pizza was good and the mojos are one of a kind.
review by . May 12, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
*sniff* I miss Mojo!
Mojo the dog, a mascot type for the Shakeys Pizza Restaraunt is becoming an endangered species these days.  I see fewer and fewer of these chains every day and will be lucky to go to one again.      Shakey's is a Pizza Buffet/arcade that used to litter the landscape in the 80s but sadly the times have changed and there are very few left in the states anymore with a majority of them now in Southeast Asia.      The pizza was juicy and delicous and the buffet …
Quick Tip by . May 12, 2010
A chain thats fading from the US landscape fast. It's pizza and exclusive Mojo potatoes are great. Keep these around!!
review by . June 05, 2007
Pros: Clean, free parking      Cons: Bad food, no customer service, rides/games were all broken     The Bottom Line: I am mystified how this restaurant has survived. I do not recommend Shakey's pizza on any level.     I have a 2 year old little boy. I thought taking him to Shakey's Pizza in Studio City would be fun...I was wrong and let me tell you why.      This Shakey's is billed as Shakey's Ye Old Pizza Parlor and …
review by . June 03, 2000
Pros: Some unlimited foodstuffs, and pizza is still pizza      Cons: Consistently mediocre-to-bad quality     ...but... "Shakey's" has bad pizza by many accounts, yet it is still pizza -- and so edible. It is also unlimited pizza at certain times of the day, making it by default not entirely "bad" pizza.      I am a fan of their thin crust, though others claim it makes for a pizza experience even further removed from …
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According to Wikipedia:

Shakey's Pizza was founded in Sacramento, California, on April 30, 1954, by Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson and Ed Plummer. Johnson's nickname resulted from nerve damage following a bout of malaria suffered during World War II. The first weekend the parlor opened, only beer was served and Shakey took the profits from beer sales and bought ingredients for pizza the following Monday.

Shakey personally played dixieland jazz piano to entertain patrons. Shakey's initially became known outside Sacramento, not for its pizza, but for the jazz program it sponsored on a regional radio network. Shakey Johnson is honored in the Banjo Hall of Fame in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for his longtime use of banjo music at his pizza parlors. Other live music, including piano, was also a staple in the old Shakey's parlors.

The original store at 57th and J in Sacramento remained in business until the late 1990s.
A "Ye Old Notice" sign.

The second Shakey's Pizza Parlor opened in Portland, Oregon, in 1956. Shakey's began franchising its restaurant to others in 1957. According to Johnson, Shakey's Pizza engaged in little market research and made most of its decisions on where to locate stores by going where Kinney Shoes opened stores. By the time Johnson sold his interest in 1967, there were 272 Shakey's Pizza Parlors in the United States. The first international store opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1968. By 1975, ...
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