Twoheys Restaurant | New Carhop Service a Hit

Southern California eatery now pivots to bring back classic tradition – 21st Century Style

PHOTO: Provided by Twoheys | News | Trompers of Eagle Rock Car Club (Est. 1945) were Twoheys' first customers to experience Curbside Car Hop. Pictured is member Terry Barrera in her vintage Thunderbird

With a nod to its past, serving classic family-friendly American fare with colorfully clad-carhop waiters/waitresses on roller skates back in the 1950s and 1960s, Twoheys Restaurant in South Pasadena has recently revived the nostalgic tradition by debuting a new Curbside Carhop – 21st Century style. The newly-opened Restaurant, that has been making memories in the San Gabriel Valley since 1943, continues its legacy as one of Southern California’s well-known American eateries.

“We are proud to re-introduce the carhop dining concept that was first introduced by the Twohey family decades ago. We believe that bringing back this tradition allows diners to visit more often while enjoying our old time favorite/new menu items and practicing safety protocols from the safe haven of their own cars,” says Co-Owner Tanya Christos.

Loyal customers now have the convenience of ordering breakfast, lunch and dinner from Twoheys’ ToGo Menus by calling 30 minutes in advance to place an order and reserving one of six designated parking spaces by calling (626) 284-7387 and pressing #1. Upon arrival at the Restaurant, customers need to call back and let the Restaurant know the number of the reserved car hop parking space. The Restaurant will bring the ToGo food to each car on a classic carhop tray that clips to the vehicle’s window for a “contact-free,” but fun dining experience from the comfort of one’s car. The Restaurant is open six days a week, except Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The legendary Restaurant’s Executive Chefs, Gerardo Talamantes, Sr. and Enrique Elias, have created three distinctive menus as part of the new take-out service that reflects both classic American fare from the original menu and new menu items including:

Breakfast ToGo: Classic Buttermilk or Old-Fashioned Pancakes, French Toast, Belgian Malted Waffle, and handcrafted Corned Beef Hash.

Lunch ToGo: The classic Original Stink-O Burger, Twoheys’ Original Onion Rings, Heckels Prime Rib Dip Sandwich and Fish & Chips.

Dinner ToGo: Handcrafted Meat Loaf, House-Roasted Turkey Dinner and Southern Fried Chicken.

Cocktails ToGo: Meridian, Snake Trail, Seco Washout and Raymond Old Fashioned,

The popular neighborhood Restaurant also has its own soda fountain which serves Twoheys award-winning famous bittersweet, milk chocolate and caramel sundaes. (Currently, showing your vaccination card gets you a free mini-sundae!) The well-known eatery has added a new twist on the American diner experience with seven hand-crafted specialty cocktails such as the signature cocktail, the “Stink-o-Tini.”

Simply Savory Meals ToGo:

For family gatherings, Twoheys take-out Family Feast Value Meals ToGo, a selection of homemade meals with the freshest ingredients. Each are ideal for at home family dining of all sizes.

The Restaurant is also offering a selection of family-style Meals & Bundles ToGo using wholesome ingredients from scratch daily. Menu highlights include The Foursome, Backyard BBQ and the House Roasted Turkey Dinner

For the perfect start to the weekend, patrons can now enjoy Twoheys Friday Night Lobster Feast. This savory meal with choice of entrée: Twin Maine Lobster Roll, Lobster Truffle Mac’N Cheese or Surf & Turf. The seafood feast includes salad, dinner rolls and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

In addition, Twoheys Restaurant offers their Food Truck with a choice of three Backyard Menu packages or a custom menu from any of Twoheys’ favorite menu items. As part of the Package, Twoheys provides a state-of-the-art sound system offering endless music for those who wish to hold socially responsible distance events. Three Sisters Catering is another option for custom catering. The company’s team of culinary professionals pulls out all the stops to customize everything from intimate cocktail receptions to small off-site gourmet parties and events.

Twoheys retail items, beautifully wrapped gift baskets and gift cards, all make great presents for friends and family, first responders, teachers, neighbors and employees. Choose from a selection of items including bittersweet, milk and caramel toppings, Jones Coffee Roasters Twoheys Blend Coffee, Further Products hand soap and a selection of Twoheys logo apparel.


The award-winning Twoheys Restaurant opened October 10, 2020 in South Pasadena. Twoheys, pronounced “2ee’s,” originally opened in 1943 when owner Jack Twohey opened his first restaurant on Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena. At that time, the restaurant had 37 seats and quickly became known as the premier hamburger place for the finest hamburgers, onion rings and hand-dipped fountain specialties. This former location featured memorable drive-up carhop service from the 1950s to the mid 1970s. The Little Stink-O, clothes pin and tear drop logo was trademarked by Mr. Twohey in 1943. It originated when he overheard a woman patron of the restaurant exclaim, “Oh-Stink-O,” when a gentleman next to her was served a hamburger generously garnished with onions and pickles.

Throughout its illustrious history, Twoheys has welcomed well-known celebrities including American Actors Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney, Bill Murray, American Painter/Illustrator Norman Rockwell and Author/Screen Writer Ray Bradbury.

Twoheys Restaurant has previously received several awards including, Los Angeles Times “Reader’s Choice,” Los Angeles Magazine “Best Family Restaurant,” Pasadena Star-News “Best Of,” and Pasadena Weekly “Best Of.”

The new 5,200 square-foot restaurant’s interior, designed by Zoumas Design of South Pasadena and constructed by Peter Koulos Construction, brings together classic elements in a contemporary design – combining the warmth and nostalgia of a diner with a lunch counter and old-time soda fountain in a refined, open and bright space. The original Stink-o logo and signage has been updated for the 21stCentury with a youthful and whimsical design.

Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, connecting Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino and Alhambra, California, Twoheys is situated at 424 Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena, California 91030. It is centrally located near the 110, 10 and 710 Freeways. For more information, call 626 284-7387, email or visit Follow and Tag Twoheys @Twoheys_Restaurant on social media.