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miffy Oct 11, 2006 04:56 AM

In Westside-- Do you have a favorite diner in town?

  1. Ashibi Oct 23, 2006 05:31 AM

    I used to live in W. LA. I have a fond memory of APPLE PAN. It is still there?

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      miffy May 6, 2007 10:21 PM

      YES- sorry for the delay in reply- it is still very popular and yes there is still some waiting line ;)

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        sel May 6, 2007 10:28 PM

        Yes it's still there, I am one that loves it, many here seem to not like it! The only thing that has changed at The Apple Pan are the prices!

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        rodremix Oct 21, 2006 04:57 AM

        Ed's Diner on Robertson....More Bev. Hills than west side. Good coffee.

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          miffy Oct 23, 2006 04:40 AM

          I was wondering if they were open for dinners?? Do you know?

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            Emme May 6, 2007 11:24 PM

            Nope. They close at 3 pm, but I love it anyways. Great breakfasts and love that they're so willing to accommodate healthy orders.

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          kevin Oct 14, 2006 10:13 PM

          now that's an idea.

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            miffy Oct 16, 2006 04:47 AM

            I would love somewhere like that to have a comfort food family setting dinner!!! oh and of course breakfast all day ~

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              Will Owen Oct 19, 2006 12:55 AM

              Pann's is about as close to that as you can get, I think, though again it's a coffee shop, not really a diner. There are other places I know of with good cheap comfort food and breakfast all day, but unfortunately their day ends right after lunch! Pann's is no longer open around the clock, but I think they're open until around 11.

              I've been curious about the place on Sunset that I believe is called the Brite Spot or something like that. Anyone got the scoop on that?

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                miffy Oct 21, 2006 04:04 AM

                I always wanted to try Pann's- I have to now~~
                Brite Spot?? or you mean Eat Well??

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                  miffy Oct 21, 2006 04:31 AM

                  This is what I gathered:
                  >>I'd say the Brite Spot is a coffee shop in the Swingers/Fred 62 vein, with hipster affectations in the décor (Moroccan light fixtures), menu (tofu everywhere), and service (tattoos must be an employment requisite). But it's not as pretentious as either of those two places, as befits Echo Park. As the "scene" travels down Sunset from Silverlake to Echo Park, I expect the Brite Spot's going to get more and more popular.

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              kevin Oct 14, 2006 12:47 AM

              ooh, dolorers is atrociously bad, just thinking about those suzie q's makes me ill.

              i don't know if this is a diner really, but my new fave joint/or rather coffee shoppe style joint is Maxwell's on Washington near the costco.

              truly good food, tastes homemade, and tiny.

              oh, almost forgot, a little on the pricey side which probably does take it out of the realm of your average diner.

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                miffy Oct 14, 2006 04:18 AM

                I wish Maxwell's started dinners!!!!

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                  Norm Man Oct 17, 2006 09:59 PM

                  Miffy, a few years back Maxwell's started to serve dinner but it failed to attract enough business. So Maxwell's stopped serving dinner. Maxwell's is still a nice neighborhood breakfast place.

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                    miffy Oct 18, 2006 03:58 AM

                    Wow! I wish I had known then! I wonder what they served-MDR needs a good diner type family restaurnt (even for some girls to go - not just men like I encountered in Rae for dinner)

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                      jackattack Oct 18, 2006 10:21 PM

                      Years ago the coffee shop at the Best Western Jamaica Bay was really good.

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                        miffy Oct 21, 2006 04:03 AM

                        I have to check that out! I guess I will find out if they still have a place

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                jackattack Oct 13, 2006 06:58 PM

                Dolores Restaurant for the fresh-cut Suzy Q french fries and homemade dinner rolls.

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                  miffy Oct 14, 2006 04:17 AM

                  I always wanted to try that place! What did you have to eat? What was your main dish? and was it good?

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                    allecat22 Oct 16, 2006 01:44 PM

                    I live right by Dolores's restauarnt. They always have a "c" or "B" rating posted on their door.

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                      miffy Oct 17, 2006 03:04 AM

                      !!! Have you been there regardless?

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                        jackattack Oct 18, 2006 10:21 PM

                        I'd rather eat at some good solid B restaurant, then at a place that got a failing grade and then paid the $500 to be re-evaluated after a weeklong cleanup&clorox job.

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                          allecat22 Oct 19, 2006 08:11 PM

                          They never seem to get their act together. I saw an "A" rating on their door once for a 'bout a week and was tempted to try this place. Before I could get my foot in the door is was back to a "C" rating. I've lived next to this place for a couple of years and more often than not it's under par with regulations. I'll skip the food poisoning!

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                            miffy Oct 21, 2006 04:02 AM

                            THAT is scary! It was featured as HISTORIC diner at another website- so that got me interested
                            Thank you jackattack and allecat22!

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                    cls Oct 13, 2006 05:11 AM

                    If by diner you mean: reasonable, cheap, fatty food with atmosphere, Rae's on Pico fits the bill.

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                      miffy Oct 13, 2006 05:13 AM

                      I just went to Rae's-- the milkshake selection was limited but it was good food there- only vanilla or strawberry for choices!

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                        Kishari Oct 13, 2006 08:13 PM

                        Rae's has a great chicken fried steak!

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                          miffy Oct 14, 2006 04:16 AM

                          have got to try that! Last time I was there on a Saturday around 7PM it was SO quiet! Everyone ate there without making a single noise! It was almost uncomfortable- but good sandwich! (CHicken salad sandwitch)

                      2. monku Oct 13, 2006 12:28 AM

                        Technically someone from the east coast like NY or NJ would disagree with your definition of a diner or why you'd use that term to describe those places. Closest thing I've seen that resembles a diner is that place on Gale Avenue in the City of Industry next to Claim Jumpers...name escapes me...but that place kind of looks like a diner inside and out.

                        Places described are more akin to coffee shops. Even Ronnie's and I've been there and its OK.

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                          miffy Oct 13, 2006 04:20 AM

                          I have never been in the City of Industry but is there a TRUE diner in the Westside do you think?? I would really love to try a true diner!!

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                            monku Oct 13, 2006 04:44 AM

                            Now I remember the name of the place..."Friscos". Don't go out of your way. Like I said it only looks like a diner on the outside like you'd find back east-its not a real diner. I'm not going to vouch for their menu. Only been once and think its kind of like that Cafe 50's menu.

                            There's a history and culture about diners on the east coast and I haven't really seen it carry past the mid-west. Diners were actually premanufactured moveable restaurants resembling a train car that were moved to a site. Maybe you're not old enough to remember a 1982 movie called Diner. Maybe Google "Diner" and see what you come up with.

                            http://www.friscos.com/pages/industry...

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                              miffy Oct 13, 2006 04:49 AM

                              Thank you for your thorough and kind reply! Where in East coast are you from? Thanks for the history on diner :) I am not from US and I think diners have that American feel to it to me :)

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                                monku Oct 13, 2006 05:04 AM

                                I grew up on Long Island in NY and as a kid we used frequent several diners in the neighborhood after school for fries, burgers and Cokes.

                                Where are you from? Must have been something where you're from that resembled a diner-could have been a restaurant like coffee shop in a train car.

                                They're still pretty popular and some are pretty upscale places. If you're ever in San Francisco there's a famous restaurant called Fog City Diner...its a high end diner.

                                http://www.fogcitydiner.com/

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                                  miffy Oct 13, 2006 05:10 AM

                                  I have to try that if I am in SF- I am from Japan, and came here for college and stayed ever since- much of what I imagined from TV etc were in diners or upscale traditional staekhouses- but here in LA you have everything! You must miss food from the East Coast especially in the fall- it is so different during holiday in NY/New England (I was in Boston for a while)

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                                    monku Oct 13, 2006 05:24 AM

                                    Probably similar for you when you eat Japanese food here in LA. Some places are good and will remind you of home and some places make you wonder how could they think its Japanese.

                                    Surprised no one ever tried to bring a "diner" type restaurant to Japan...they'd make a fortune. Diner's were probably at their peak here in the US when Elvis started the rock and roll craze. I know Japanese just go crazy over Elvis. Didn't know PM Koizumi was such a fan too.

                                    Here's a tip if you go to San Francisco...they hate when you call it Frisco.

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                                      miffy Oct 14, 2006 04:14 AM

                                      I have not yet seen much of REAL diner there in Japan- more like Denny's are around etc but otherwise they make it like Sushi Roku of American food out of burgers and fries and shakes and it will probably cost you $40 per person..

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                                miffy Oct 13, 2006 04:54 AM

                                Oh may gosh! I just went to the link you gave me for frisco's!! It looks SOOOOO cute! I have to make my way out to City of Industry! I love Cafe 50's anyways too, so that would be a good trip ;)

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                                  monku Oct 13, 2006 05:05 AM

                                  The food is probably like Cafe 50's.

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                            gourmetla Oct 12, 2006 05:49 PM

                            Cafe 50s in Venice (on Lincoln).

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                              miffy Oct 13, 2006 04:18 AM

                              YES! Cafe 50's is one of my favorite too! I signed up for their frequent dining card! Love their monthly newsletter

                            2. PaulF Oct 12, 2006 05:42 PM

                              By far, my favorite diner is Ronnie's Diner.

                              I've written about it a few times here.

                              I think now, if anyone actually went there other than me, they'd be let down.

                              But Ronnie's is not only one of my favorite diners, it's one of my favorite restaurants to eat in. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there. I like their coffee. I like their desserts. They have regular diner stuff and a nice selection of healthier fare. Nothing is greasy, the ingredients are fresh.

                              But, like I said, I've set the place up for a let down.

                              It's on Culver Boulevard, near the 90 freeway, west of Centinela. There's usually a bunch of cops in there, as it's down the street from Pacific Division.

                              And that's all I'm gonna say ...

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                                miffy Oct 13, 2006 04:17 AM

                                Thank you PaulF! I have GOT to try it! Sounds like a great place! Do they have a menu online? or like a website online?
                                In any case, maybe I will spot you there!
                                Thank you for the great post/reply~

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                                  PaulF Oct 13, 2006 06:29 PM

                                  They are pretty no frills, I doubt they have a web site or anyting online.

                                  Of course, I've built it up so much, you won't like it ... ha ha ha ... but I hope you do.

                                  It's very neighborhoody ... I doubt anyone from more than three miles away every comes in. But it's crowded on weekends, lost of boaters come in and some body builder types.

                                  It's not a greasy spoon (and I like greasy spoons). It just isn't.

                                  Anyways, I hope you dig it ... try breakfast. I also like their dinner specials, like the turkey meatloaf. The veggies are always fresh. Good turkey chili and sandwiches and burgers, too.

                                  But, like I said, I know I've built it up too much ...

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                                    monku Oct 13, 2006 06:38 PM

                                    No website but I found a menu.
                                    http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

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                                      PaulF Oct 13, 2006 09:30 PM

                                      Cool thanks ... I didn't know about it.

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                                        miffy Oct 14, 2006 04:12 AM

                                        That's the one I saw ;) Thank you anyways!! YOu are very kind to do that

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                                        miffy Oct 14, 2006 04:11 AM

                                        I found their menu on some website- and I guess no dinners sat/sun??? I will try weekdays :) but I LOVE neighborhood home cooking type place so I am sure I would love it~

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                                          PaulF Oct 14, 2006 03:00 PM

                                          Yeah, no dinner Sat and Sun.

                                          Those are the big breakfast days.

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                                            miffy Oct 16, 2006 04:46 AM

                                            Thanks again Paul for the reply- and checking in with me ;)

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                                    tannazie Oct 12, 2006 03:57 AM

                                    I am partial to CJ's, on Pico. Good cheap food (I go for breakfast -- they have regular diner fare, as well as mexican breakfast and southern fare), friendly service, and good bustling atmosphere.

                                    I would suggest sitting inside though -- they kind of forget about you when you sit on the sidewalk.

                                    I've written more (and there are pictures) here:

                                    http://tannazie.blogspot.com/2006/07/...

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                                      miffy Oct 12, 2006 04:42 AM

                                      Thank you for the reply and thank you for the link~ oh and you have a great blog site!

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                                        tannazie Oct 12, 2006 04:28 PM

                                        thanks miffy! glad you like it =)

                                    2. caitybirdie Oct 11, 2006 06:13 AM

                                      Fred 62 they are 24hrs, and they have an amazing tarte tatin pancakes....yummie...

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                                        miffy Oct 12, 2006 04:41 AM

                                        Fred 62 is great! One of my fav too!!! I wish it was closer to WLA~

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