When It Comes to Neon, West Hollywood Rivals Las Vegas for Flash

Koo koo roos sign
KOO KOO ROO, 8520 Santa Monica Blvd. at West Knoll. Now closed, this was one of the last remaining California locations of this fast food restaurant with a chicken focus, as illustrated by the revolving neon chicken head. Photo by Joshua Barash.

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Kung Pao Bistro Sign
KUNG PAO BISTRO, 7853 Santa Monica Blvd. at North Orange Grove. The giant green neon chopsticks make it hard to miss this Chinese restaurant. Photo by Joshua Barash.

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Marix Sign
MARIX TEX MEX CAFE , 1108 North Flores St. at Santa Monica. Marix, sister to the more-visible, SMB-fronting Basix next door, calls itself out with a bright red neon sign. The Marix menu is WeHo Mexican, the space is largely outdoors (although covered by a canapy), and it is famously GFTG. Photo by Joshua Barash.