My "Only in LA" tour continues. This time I visited Mambos, a restaurant that looks as though it had been a gas station (but not the cool vintage kind) in a previous life. You could say that it's at a town and country crossroads. The freeway is about a block away in one direction; the Silver Spur Stables and Stephen's Hay and Grain are close by but in the opposite direction.
I learned that Mambos has been around for 22 years and was indeed a gas station in its previous iteration. Now it's a Cuban restaurant. And in the best Cuban tradition, it has been so successfully repurposed that once you get inside you forget all about its petrol past.
You think you're in a small jazz place.