Downtown Fullerton. CA
(by Train Station)
5 scoops of Bosco
Reviewed By Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco
The thing I forget sometimes about growing up and living in Fullerton, CA is the rich rock n' roll tradition of the city. This dates back to when Leo Fender, a Fullerton High student and his buddy Bob Blackburn (who would go on to be the voice of the Seattle Supersonics) would hook up amplifiers for the Fullerton High School football stadium.
Fender of course would go on to start his guitar company in Fullerton and would build Stratocasters and great acoustic guitars for everybody from Chet Atkins to Eddie Van Halen to yours truly, the Bosco Editor.
So it's only natural for a city who gave us the likes of Jackson Browne, Social Distortion, the Adolescents, Dick Dale, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt and the OC Punk Scene, would have a Rock and Roll Club. The Slidebar is the club.
The first thing of course is the music. You never know when you are going to be listening to the next Righteous Brothers or No Doubt at the Slidebar and that's part of the big attraction.
One of the things that attracted me was the LP cover style menu. The liner notes got me going because it was talking about Social Distortion and one of the founding members...Rikk Agnew.
It was Agnew that took exception to a review that I wrote in the Fullerton High School newspaper, the Pleiades. when we were both seniors about his then band at the time's performance at a show on campus. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed after he threatened to kick my ass.
Rikk would go on to form Social D with Mike Ness and his brother Frank Agnew and be one of the main influences in the OC Punk Scene in the late 70's and early 80's with the Adolescents and Agent Orange.
Everything is done right at the Slidebar (which was the Hub in another lifetime) from the good food, good bar, wonderful and friendly staff (who I believe all play in rock bands...at least they look like they do). I had a Grilled Breast of Chicken Panini with garlic fries which really hit the spot. They also have wonderful Kobe Beef Burgers, steaks, pasta, salads and breakfasts served all day which comes in handy for the rock n' rollers. I picked up a cool tee shirt (one of the many promotional items)