Bono's Restaurant and Deli, 15395 Foothill Bl., Fontana - Old locals sometimes call it "Fontucky," but it's here you'll find one of only six orange shaped juice stands left in the state. The owner plans to put it back in business but for now it's just for looks.
The cities you're now driving through have roots back to the Spanish land grant days...Rancho de Azusa, Rancho de Duarte, and Rancho Santa Anita which mostly became Arcadia and Sierra Madre. A land speculator named William Monroe developed what became Monrovia in 1886.
Past the Aztec, turn left on Mayflower and return to Huntington Drive and turn right, as you turn, notice the diner style McDonald's on the corner. A plaque inside has a letter written by Dick McDonald telling the story about how their first restaurant was actually here in Monrovia (approximately at Huntington Dr. and Shamrock Ave) It was called the Aerodrome and was moved to San Bernardino and renamed McDonalds.
- Downtown Sierra Madre - Turn north on Michilinda then right again on Sierra Madre Bl. Quiet and quirky old section. Probably the only city in Los Angeles County without a traffic light. They have an old fashioned playhouse that puts on some pretty darn good shows. Try Lucky Baldwin's on the corner of Baldwin Ave. for some great Belgian beer and pub food. This is where the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was filmed.
Tournament of Roses, Rose Parade, Pasadena - Continuing along Colorado Bl. into Pasadena, once you pass Sierra Madre Bl., you're traveling on the Rose Parade route until you get to Orange Grove Ave. in Old Pasadena.
- Old Pasadena - One of the great urban renewal success stories. Wildy popular with tons of restaurants, night spots, shops, and theaters. Huge area. Metro's Gold Line runs right through it.
We'll end the landmark list if you look to the north of the bridge...
Rose Bowl, Pasadena - This New Year's Day landmark has seen many classic games. It can hold around 110,000 fans because most of the seats are wooden benches. You can take a look when no games are scheduled by going through the south entrance. UCLA now uses this stadium as its home field for football.
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