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The Toad Inn: 1930s

The Toad Inn:  1930s

Located in Santa Monica Canyon, California. Good food and for some reason one of their specials was frog legs. View full size.

Paper Moon

I can imagine Addie Loggins and Moses Pray eating here!


An inn with toes.

The Toes

They do point in. We also had the Glider Inn in Seal Beach, with a large propeller mounted above the entrance.

Toad? Toed?

I don't recall ever seeing a cursive "a," even a stylized one, looking quite like that, so I speculate that the establishment is, for a reason known but to the proprietor and now lost in the mists of time, a pun on "toed in," and further represented by another, visual, pun: a toad.

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