BABY BLUES BBQ, 7953 Santa Monica Blvd. at Hayworth. Baby Blues boasts a cool neon logo over the door and, in a side window, a sexy image of a woman with neon red hair and a blue neon bathing suit, about to swallow a squirt of the restaurant’s famed XXX Porno barbeque sauce. Photo by Joshua Barash.
DAN TANA’S, 9071 Santa Monica Blvd. east of Doheny. In the world of neon, Dan Tana’s green sign can only be described as classy. Now almost fifty years old, Dan Tana’s continues to serve classic northern Italian cuisine in a room whose red leather booths, and occasional celebrity guests, say “Old Hollywood.” Photo by Joshua Barash.
FATBURGER, 7450 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Vista. This famous hamburger stand was opened 60 years ago by Lovely Yancey, a trailblazing black businesswoman who passed away in 2008. Fatburger is topped with a bright neon sign whose colors, photographer Joshua Barash notes, are those of mustard and ketchup. Photo by Joshua Barash.