location: Trinity's Breakfast Cafe
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A small cafe
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 5, of Season Four, "Dirty Harry".
The Trinity Killer (Arthur Mitchell) has recently shot FBI Agent Lundy at his hotel, and in this scene, we see Arthur having breakfast, seated at the wooden counter of a small cafe, while watching a TV news report about the shootings. The report says that police (incorrectly) believe the shooting may have been committed by so-called "Vacation Murderers".
When the young waitress brings Arthur his Denver omelet, he mentions that it doesn't contain diced tomatoes, as he had requested.
She apologizes and says she will bring him some tomatoes on the side.
But that doesn't satisfy the serial killer, who is apparently a stickler for detail & routine. Flashing anger, he repeats his order and insists that the waitress re-cook the omelet from scratch - with diced tomatoes.
She reluctantly agrees, and he resumes his pose of calm normality.
A. A café. But not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene was shot at Babe's Kitchen, at 1106 E. Wardlow, a small neighborhood diner in north Long Beach.
I shot the photos below in November 2009.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I found both this location and the hardware store by pure serendipity. When getting off the 405 Freeway, I ran into a sign reading "Dexter", and followed the signs to the Wardlow filming location. After that, it was just a matter of waiting for the restaurant to show up on "Dexter", which happened in Episode 5.
Then, a quick
Google search for "Babe's Kitchen" turned up this
photo of the diner's interior, and several reviews. The producers had
obviously painted the walls a Miami yellow and added some decorations,
but that angled, wood counter was unmistakable (as was the home refrigerator
behind the counter, which was mentioned in one of the Yelp
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