Seal Beach, CA on Coast Highway Hello, The Glide'er Inn on Coast Hiway in Seal Beach,CA was/is an interesting place. Not only is it spelled in an interesting way, but, the name fits its history. A long time ago, where the naval ammunition property is located, there used to be a small airport nearby. (Originally attached to Crawford Field, a small local airstrip) The original restaurant was close enough for pilots to “glide her in” and stop for a meal or two. Hence, Glide'er Inn that was one theory to the naming. The Glide'er Inn, established in 1930, is one of Orange County's oldest businesses. It was originally located near Anaheim Bay, next to a dirt landing strip where old-time aviator Ray (Pop) Crawford built gliders (hence the restaurant's name). There are other ideas about how the name came to be as the inside was usually dark, private, and romantic, etc. But for most historians, the top two ideas were the most prevalent. "The Glide'er Inn was a tiny restaurant on that corner property. But, as times pass and more development was necessary, they moved to the Coast Highway location. Construction of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station forced the Glide'er Inn to relocate to its present location on Pacific Coast Highway in 1944. The stucco building stood out from the time we saw it in the 50s, all the way until the recent (2000)conversion by the new restaurant group. Why? It was the only restaurant with a full size airplane perched on top of a steel tower." The inside was one of those dark low light dining rooms from the 30’s-40’s. My dad took our family here in the 50s to seek out his favorite dinner, a giant, juicy steak, with all of the fixings. My brother and I split another steak, while my mother picked from the fresh fish menu. That was the only outing for our family at the time. (along with the Sam's Seafood just a mile or so South on Coast Highway.) But, by 1966-72, my wife and I ate there a couple of times. It was on our list of restaurants from Belmont Shore in Long Beach down through Seal Beach to Huntington Beach for excellent meals. Since it was right on the Coast Highway near the Naval Ammunition location, there were always hot rods and cruisers parked in the big highway frontage lot. Jnaki It was one of those places where everyone driving up/down Coast Highway could see your hot rod or station wagon. If you parked in the spaces nearest the Coast Highway, your friends knew where you were at that moment. Do you like dark places? This restaurant is/was it. If you have ever been to the Red Witch Inn near the old Ford Plant,(Terminal Island) this Glide'er Inn interior was about as dark as that old dive, red light and all. Currently: new name, new owners "Designed by the Long Beach architect, Winfield Payne in 1930, it was originally located near the Anaheim Landing area. The restaurant was known for its aeronautical memorabilia which lined the walls, model planes which hung from the ceiling and a pilot’s register with signatures/notations by hundreds of pilots, famous or not."