Hollywood Lost and Found

Rosemead, California

The Bahooka Restaurant opened in 1967. The décor is a riot of tikis, portholes, random pieces of architectural salvage, blowfish, fake parrots, turtle shells, Japanese glass floats, nets, a jail cell, a wrecked Spanish Galleon, native weapons, and a hundred or so fish tanks. The top of the bar is also an aquarium, so you can share a meaningful moment with a turtle over your Mai Tai.

Near the beginning of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1997), the tiki bar scene was filmed at The Bahooka. When Benicio Del Toro is on the phone, the fish that is quietly observing him is a long-time resident of the Bahooka, a 27-year-old Pacu named Rufus. Johnny Depp can be seen in the background, gyrating around at the aquarium-bar.

Rufus, by the way, loves carrots, and it's a treat to watch him gobble them down at feeding time.

Everything about this place was designed to make your imagination go crazy. There is absolutely no attitude here, just a place to nestle in and have fun. Relax in the semi-dark atmosphere, have a few drinks, and drift off into another world. The Polynesian ribs and any of the "drinks in a bowl" are a must-try.

Keep your eye out for the Bahooka in the upcoming Jim Carrey movie "The Number 23" (2007).

4501 North Rosemead Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
626 285 1241
626 285 7514

8 October 2006

Bahooka Official Website. <http://www.geocities.com/bahookarestaurant>

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