Food options: If you like affordable food in San Pedro, another great option is Marisco's Taco House on Gaffey.
Video: Click to see the video of motorcycles driving off from Walkers Cafe in San Pedro.
Perhaps it isn't a phenomenon unique to California, or even the U.S., but California does have its share of biker bars where cold brews and a parking lot with ample room for classic, custom and off-the-shelf motorcycles are are welcome to park. Walkers in San Pedro near Point Fermin Park is one such place where you can usually count on a weekend show of marvelous machines parked in the front of the scenic place featuring many stories to tell. Many come for special events and free summer concerts held in the park,
With a couple outdoor tables and indoor seating for around 25 -40, weekends bring the crowds to Walkers Cafe, while week days provide a more relaxed, less crowded air.
Like Mother's in Orange County, the bikers love this place, though anyone can wander in and grab a meal. Harleys are the most prominent bike in the lot, and you'll see parades of them pull in and out on nice weekends.
There are memory photos on the walls, green tile flooring with checkered patterns that contain lighter squares, and mostly unmatched wood tables, benches and chairs that are quite solid. Brown wood paneling goes half way up the wall, and the ceiling is light painted wood paneling. The decor is era (not sure which), and the place is clean. The food is really affordable and cooked on site, fresh. The brews are cold and the park across the street is one of the nicest ocean-front parks in California.
History: There's a reason that cafe serves a Bessie Burger! A young Oklahoma native, Bessie Logan, moved to San Pedro at the age of 22. She met, then married sailor, Ray Walker. The couple purchased a walk-up, 14-stool, sit-down, outside bar called Cuddles. The combination storeroom/apartment was converted to a dining room with the front extended. The new space was renamed Walkers Cafe. Bessie continued to run the cafe for over 30 years after Ray died. She passed away in 1996. In July 1997 the liquor license to serve beer at Walkers Cafe was issued to Audrey & Richard Brummett.
The place bills itself as the only 40's homestyle cooking cafe in San Pedro with Catalina views.
On the menu: Walker's has a decent size menu of lunch and breakfast items with lots of specials. My favorites is the Bessie burger served with great french fries.
BREAKFAST: Omelets for
breakfast, Bacon & eggs, French Toast
Eggs any style and Biscuits n gravy
SIDE ORDERS: Ham, bacon, sausage, hash browns, or chicken tenders.
SOUPS: Most times you'll find
options such as Clam Chowder, Chili &
Beans, Beef Stew, Vegetable Soup, Lima
Bean Soup & Sourdough
SANDWICHES: BLT, hamburger, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, hot dog, corn dog, BBQ Beef, Bacon Burger or Avocado Burgers. Ham Sandwich, Grilled Cheese & Ham, Bacon & Egg Sandwich, Fried Egg Sandwich, Tuna Sandwich and even Peanut Butter & Jelly!
BEVERAGE: Beer is sold by the glass, pitcher or bottle, and the place makes milk shakes and rootbeer floats.