In some episodes of "Adam-12" the officers are shown eating at a place called "Biff's". Most of the scenes are of the interior variety but there are a couple of shots of the exterior. The sign features dark script on a backlit rectangular background and I think it might be a drive-in as well as a sit-down restaurant.
The interior was almost undoubtedly a set but could the exterior shots been of a real restaurant? Was there an actual "Biff's" someplace in Los Angeles in the late '60s and early '70s?
After "Adam-12" is over "Dragnet" comes on, but so far I haven't seen Joe and Bill eat anything other than takeout from an unseen sandwich shop across the street from the station.
My Dad (Paul Hultman) bought five Biff's Restaurants in the Los Angeles area 1964 when I was nine. It was too costly to change the name so he kept it and eventually opened more restaurants with the Biff's name. I remember as kids we were excited to watch Adam-12 to see the Hollywood location of Dad's Biff's restaurant on TV. I have tried to find which episode or episodes but there are so many on Hulu.com. I remember outside scenes definitely and possibly some inside scenes, so it might have not been a set as you think.
Here's a partial url of an early menu: worthpoint.com/worthopedia/biffs-coffee-shop-restaurant-vintage-menu
So, YES, there really was a Biff's!
Ask anyone who lived in Santa Monica or Reseda, California during the Seventies and they have happy memories of Biff's.
The locations I know of were:
Hollywood (in Adam-12)
North Hollywood? (might have been used for Adam-12)
L.A. 7th and Alvarado (was in the movie "A Patch of Blue.")
Santa Monica 3rd and Wilshire
Long Beach, CA. (Dad sold that soon after buying it)
As this is a food forum, my Dad made sure the food was fresh and high quality, the kitchens CLEAN, he switched from using creamer to half and half in all the Biff's (not done in coffee shops back then), used Blum's Fudge sauce for hot fudge sundaes, invented a Sirloin Steak toasted sandwich on french bread which we kids got to taste test (yum) but I stuck to my tried and true Patty Melt on rye with grilled onions and an ice cream shake (3 choices, vanilla, strawberry or chocolate). BTW, it was never a drive-in or drive-thru. As soon as he could, my Dad upgraded the atmosphere and menu of Biff's.
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