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Carney's is a hot dog and burger restaurant in a yellow Union Pacific rail car on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.[1] It was brought to the site in the 1970s.[2] A second Carney's, also in train cars, is located on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.[3] A crackdown on weekly biker meetings at that location caused controversy.[4]

Pulitzer-prize-winning LA restaurant critic Jonathan Gold put Carney's on his list of 99 essential Los Angeles restaurants[5] and wrote that, "Carney’s is a restaurant in the real Los Angeles tradition, two ancient Union Pacific cars transported to West Hollywood at great expense and mounted overlooking the Strip, where a mad parade of bass players and catalog models, hustlers and high school kids, movie guys and industry suits stare out the windows of the old train, onto the profusion of German tourists and Japanese cars that flow down this section of Sunset so steadily that after a few beers and a chili dog or two, the train can appear to be lurching down the track."[6] KTVU movie critic Bob Shaw was fond of Carney's burgers.[7] Carney's serves a chocolate-dipped frozen banana on a stick for dessert.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Carney's was featured in the video games Midnight Club: Los Angeles and Grand Theft Auto V (as "Last Train in Los Santos" restaurant).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kelly Mayfield, Chuck Mindenhall, Aaron Fontana Resident Tourist
  2. ^ David Gebhard, Robert Winter An architectural guidebook to Los Ángeles page 166
  3. ^ This Train Has No Destination But Dining September 10, 1986 Daily News of Los Angeles
  4. ^ Watson, Carol (September 24, 1991). "Bikers Find New Hangout After Complaints: Studio City: Hundreds of motorcyclists are driven from their weekly meeting spot by a rumored police crackdown". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Jonathan Gold Where to Eat Now: New to the List February 05, 2008 LA Weekly
  6. ^ a b Jonathan Gold Chili Con Carney's; On the hot dog express February 01, 2007 LA Weekly
  7. ^ Mark Pitta Bob Shaw KTVU movie critic, dead at 56 April 14, 2009

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Coordinates: 34°5′45″N 118°22′18″W / 34.09583°N 118.37167°W / 34.09583; -118.37167