The location: Lumen's Seaside Cafe
He asks her if she plans to kill them, if she finds them, and it's obvious that she does.
She resents his interference, and makes it clear that she isn't going to take his advice.
When she gets up to leave in a huff, Dexter reaches out to stop her, but she suddenly yells "Don't touch me!", causing everyone in the diner to turn and stare.
Dexter warns her that these are dangerous men - but she gets up and leaves.
He realizes that she's not going to stop until she finds her attackers.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A café down by the docks.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene was shot at a seaside tourist center called Ports O'Call Village, located off Sampson Way & Nagoya Way, on Berth 77 in San Pedro, CA.
It sits right on the edge of the docks, overlooking the main harbor of the Port of Los Angeles - the busiest port in the United States. As such, ship-watching is one of the location's natural attractions. Stick around for a while, and you're sure to see some impressive ship pass by - whether it's one of the giant cargo container ships or a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Not to mention the giant freight elevators that line the channel, endlessly lifting cargo containers on and off docked ships.
Not long ago, Ports O'Call was a thriving tourist attraction, featuring quaint New England and Mediterranean architecture, and a host of unique shops and restaurants. Today, it's a faded shell of its former self. The city plans to tear the Village down eventually, and build a new project on the same property. But for now, it still stands, and a few of the businesses have managed to survive - this casual diner is one of them.
The restaurant where they filmed the scene is known as the Boardwalk Cafe (or perhaps the Boardwalk Grill - both names appear on the outside of the small building).
As its name suggests, it's right on the boardwalk at Ports O'Call, on the edge of the waterfront. They serve baby back ribs, hamburgers, fish & chips, etc. There's also a patio area outside, for an even closer view of the port's main channel and the passing watercraft. The large clipper ship you see docked just outside the windows, in the scene, is one of the Spirit cruise ships (Spirit Cruises and the Boardwalk Grill have the same owner).
I shot these photos of the Boardwalk Grill when they were filming at Port O'Call, in 2010.
And this is the rear of the cafe, showing the four windows seen behind Dexter & Lumen - from the outside.
seasons, they have filmed often in the San Pedro area around Ports O'Call,
including the cargo containers
(where Dexter searched for a kidnapped Debra in Season 1), the train
car (where a copycat killer left a victim's remains, in Season 2),
the dock where divers recovered the remains
of Dexter's victims, the gang murder scene,
and the related scenes of Little Chino's
party house, the tagger chase, and Paul's
funeral church. Plus, nearby you'll also find Freebo's house,
Billy Fleeter's house, Zack's
house, Debra's Blue Room bar, the
pier where Dexter met with Prado, the young pimp's motel,
the apartment house where Angel
& LaGuerta got shot at, and the warehouse
where Trinity forced the woman to jump..
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I've been going to Ports O'Call for decades, so I'm sure I would have recognized the channel. However, pinpointing the exact restaurant they used might have been tricky, since there are several nearby.
Fortunately, I got a tip from Rick that they were filming at the Village, so I went down there to check it out. I spotted their familiar white trucks in the parking lot near the middle of the center, and when I strolled through the Village, I saw that they were filming at the Boardwalk café. So I shot a few photos.
once the episode aired, the sight of the Spirit ship outside the
window was added confirmation.)
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