from thomas pynchon, inherent vice posted in literature


431 wilshire boulevard
santa monica, california 90403

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Many of the 1960s-era California hangouts in Pynchon's Inherent Vice are fictional, but the Santa Monica delicatessen Zucky's is an actual place (or at least it was until it closed in 1993 after nearly forty years).

Doc eats here with Fritz in chapter seven, and the deli is packed with 'Marcus Welby M.D. freaks' who frequent the place because of the brief shot of Zucky's exterior in the show's intro. He has an apparent case of the munchies ordering 'the usual Zuckyburger and fries, and rolled beef on rye, and potato salad and Dr. Brown's Cel-Rays plus another bowl of pickles and sauerkraut...' and later Doc eats an entire chocolate cream pie here by himself in the last chapter.

Zucky's sign (photo: Steven Damron)