Located about halfway up Big Tujunga Canyon where it connects with Angeles Forest Highway – two of LA's premier canyon roads – you just stop when you round the corner and see the cafe that looks like a big red barn. If you're hungry they cook you a burger, thirsty they give you a Gatorade – or most times, you just stop, stretch your legs and change drivers. Besides, there's always a motorized object of interest (or ten) to be found parked out front.
Err, there was, as the place burned down two days ago in the Los Angeles Station Fire, one of the largest fires in the history of Los Angeles. We're hoping Hidden Springs rebuilds, because otherwise a tiny but wonderful chapter of LA automotive culture has been lost forever.
The Los Angeles Times has a harrowing account of what the Hidden Springs Cafe owners went through before they knew for certain (but highly suspected) that the restaurant was gone.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]