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gillianw Sep 4, 2007 09:46 AM

Does anyone have suggestions for the best 24-hour food in LA? This could be diners, bakeries, street food, even sno-cones -- as long as they're serving til the break of dawn, I'm interested. The wackier, the better. Thoughts?

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  1. Skunk2Racer RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 10:55 AM

    Tommys Original Chili burgers, The Pantry for huge Breakfast, steaks etc. Hodori in K Town for korean food, Lucys Mexican food is 24-7

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      Burger Boy RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 11:39 AM

      Pacific Dining Car Downtown
      Ordoneze Mexican on Garfield
      J&S on Garfield
      The Pantry
      Fred 62
      Benitos Rolled Tacos on Santa Monica near Highland
      Canters on Fairfax
      DuPars on Fairfax at 3rd

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        sbritchky RE: Burger Boy Sep 22, 2007 12:12 AM

        The PDC in Santa Monica is also open 24/7. The downtown location closes for a few hours each month -- I think it's 2a-6a on the first Sunday, but don't hold me to that. The SM branch may also close once a month, but I don't know, because I haven't gotten stuck there, as I did a few years ago trying to get into the one on W. 6th with visions of that great filet and eggs in mind.

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          maxzook RE: sbritchky Sep 22, 2007 02:24 PM

          Most 24-hour places have a policy of closing for a few overnight hours once a month or so, for routine maintenance and to give the kitchen a thorough going-over.

          It's usually not scheduled, and it's damned annoying when you hit it on that one day.

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        Diana RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 12:20 PM

        Is Dupar's still open 24 hours?

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          Servorg RE: Diana Sep 4, 2007 12:51 PM

          Yep

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            Diana RE: Servorg Sep 5, 2007 06:18 AM

            OK, then

            Du Par's

        2. SauceSupreme RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 12:26 PM

          BCD Tofu House for the win! Many locations, as it's a chain, but where else can you get Korean soft-tofu at all hours of the morning? Only the Wilshire, Western and Garden Grove locations are 24/7.

          Here's their website:
          http://www.bcdtofu.com/

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          BCD Tofu House
          3575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

          BCD Tofu House
          869 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

          BCD Tofu House Restaurant
          9520 Garden Grove Blvd Ste 9, Garden Grove, CA 92844

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            Obessed RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 12:55 PM

            Los Tacos in West Hollywood for greasy Mexican food.

            1. tatertotsrock RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 03:52 PM

              PACIFIC DINING CAR-yum.

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                rednyellow RE: tatertotsrock Sep 4, 2007 04:29 PM

                I love PDC and it's pretty much the only fine dining place 24/7

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                LisaStitch RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 05:45 PM

                25 Degrees for their great burgers, as simple or as fancy as you want them, and onion rings. Not fine dining, but certainly no dive either.

                The Kettle in Manhattan Beach. Great diner. And the people who work there are saints for what they put up with at night.

                Mel's on Sunset. Great potato skins, but really everything I've eaten there has been amazing, at those wee hours of the morning...

                If you want Matzoh Ball Soup, bagel and lox, or an enormous meaty sandwich - Canter's for sure.

                I also second Tommy's.

                I've heard that both The Standard hotels have 24-hour restaurants, but I haven't been in so long, I can't say if they were worthwhile or not. I remember having a decent lunch at the one on Sunset. They will both at least give you some interesting people-watching.

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                25 Degrees Restaurant
                7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                Kettle
                1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                Mel's Drive-In
                8585 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                Canter's Fairfax Restaurant
                419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  rednyellow RE: LisaStitch Sep 4, 2007 07:30 PM

                  Unfortunately, 25 Degrees cant cook a burger correctly twice in a row and the waitstaff is nearly useless.

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                    ilovegobo RE: LisaStitch Sep 4, 2007 08:37 PM

                    Yes, I know that in some threads, Canter's has gotten poor reviews. But I haven't found another 24 hour place that satisfies- especially after being out drinking or partying for an evening and looking for some *real*, yummy food. Canter's is an institution in itself and I hope that my grandkids will have the luxury of the same place to hang out in the wee hours that I have had. I love Canter's- and if you haven't been, then you don't need to wait for some 24-hour list. It is good anytime of day or night in my book!

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                      Kris P Pata RE: LisaStitch Sep 5, 2007 06:11 PM

                      The Oeufs Pain Perdu @ THE KETTLE was my usual, local late night meal during my South Bay days through high school however, due to its proximity to several drinking establishments, it's advisable to avoid going in and around the magic 1:30 AM - 2:30 AM hour unless, of course, you've got a hankering for multiple high-5s with your breakfast.

                      Both Standard Hotels do in fact have 24-hour restaurants but one suspects that the dining rooms are supplementary to the "anytime, always" room service. Of the two, I've had better eats at Sunset's unimaginatively named THE RESTAURANT but, simply because I've had private events there where we could sample most of the limited menu. Overall, it's fairly standard -- pun fully intended -- comfort grill fare but, they do a credible Croque Madame and good plantain chips and guacamole. Eating in Downtown's MELLOW YELLOW invokes dining in between layers of a Lemon Chiffon or Mango Mousse cake. In fairness, I've only had salads, sandwiches and desserts as well as those plantains but, yellow overload aside, the atmosphere at the lobby level restaurant is much more preferable to Sunset.

                      Oh for the days of GORKY'S.

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                        maxzook RE: Kris P Pata Sep 5, 2007 08:24 PM

                        In memoriam, Gorky's ...

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                        Standard Hotel
                        550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                        Kettle
                        1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                        The Standard Hotel
                        8300 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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                          mrshankly RE: maxzook Sep 5, 2007 08:33 PM

                          The Kettle... if you go, try the chicken strips with there homemade honey mustard or thousand island dressing!! Fantastic!!! Oh, and don't forget to pop a Tums if you're eating it at 4am!!!

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                      diaz RE: gillianw Sep 4, 2007 07:03 PM

                      Ordonez Mexican in Montebello. Excellent! The Original Pantry, Downtown LA

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                        la vida dulce RE: diaz Sep 4, 2007 08:55 PM

                        Segundo con Ordonez, yes, I second that one. It may not be the best, but with the easy access location off the 60 Fwy and Garfield in Montebello, ample parking, and a full bar, this has been a great meeting place for my friends and family from all over SoCal. Formerly La Casita years ago.
                        Ordonez Mexican Food #3 Open 24 horas
                        872 N. Garfield
                        Montebello 90640
                        323/724-6386

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                          maxzook RE: diaz Sep 5, 2007 08:29 PM

                          link-a-dink

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                          Original Pantry Cafe
                          877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                          Ordonez Mexican Food
                          872 N Garfield Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

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                            ClaudeTheDog RE: maxzook Mar 10, 2008 05:53 PM

                            Ordonez is the great! Great prices and great food. They also bust out the live music at lunch time and late nights on the weekend. If you want to sit down and eat this place is good, but if you want to grab something to go, J&S is right across the street which also serves up great food. Their both open 24 hours. J&S is even open on Christmas!!!! I like the taquitos and breakfast burritos.

                        2. Woolsey RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 08:04 AM

                          The Standard's coffee shops are often overlooked in 24-hour dining surveys. The food is overpriced somewhat, but it's decent, superior to a lot of hotel food, and, especially in Downtown, a welcome addition to the scant 24-hour offerings.

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                          Standard Hotel
                          550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                          The Standard Hotel
                          8300 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                          1. maxzook RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 09:19 AM

                            I'm probably going to be screamed at for saying this ....

                            ... but I've always found Jerry's Famous to be a good late-night option, plus they have a big enough menu that you can go with a big group and everybody will be happy. I find their food to be reliable if not spectacular. I know there are those who react almost violently when the subject of Jerry's comes up. Chacun à son goût ...

                            My problem with Canter's is not gastronomic, but the fact that I've twice been flashed by homeless guys in the upstairs bathroom after midnight. It's not a bad neighborhood, but if they can't police the place they shouldn't be open that late.

                            Jerry's has several branches, make sure the one you're visiting is 24-hour.

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                            Jerry's Famous Deli
                            12655 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

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                              Diana RE: maxzook Sep 5, 2007 09:31 AM

                              You know, a lot of Jerry's aren't 24 hour anymore. I know the three in the SFV are no longer 24 hours..but they are open late. Their "Secret Jerry's", Solly's, isn't 24 hour, either.

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                                maxzook RE: Diana Sep 5, 2007 11:17 AM

                                You're right that their hours have been inconsistent; they decide to go in and out of 24-hour status with little notice.

                                But fwiw, their website says that the Studio City, Woodland Hills and Marina Del Rey branches are 24-hour:

                                http://www.jerrysfamousdeli.com/cgi-b...

                                (I don't think Solley's has ever been 24-hour

                                )

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                                Jerry's Famous Deli
                                21857 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                                Jerry's Famous Deli
                                13181 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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                                Emme RE: maxzook Sep 5, 2007 05:32 PM

                                It's true that the large greasy menu makes it a good late night option. [When craving a good egg white omelette dry w/ mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions, with a side of steamed vegetables, I will put my tail between my legs during the daylight hours and enter Jerry's.] Good curly fries w/ ranch dressing, oreo shakes, cheese blintzes, veggie soup, side order of stuffing, and for my best friend, his croque monsieur.

                                Second the above rec for Mel's--great chicken matzah ball soup. And egg white omelettes.

                                Not all night but def open late, Swingers and Kate Mantilini.

                              3. meatlessinla RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 11:04 AM

                                101 Coffee shop in Hollywood for updated hotel diner food. The peanut butter, honey, banana shake is great!

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                                101 Coffee Shop
                                6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                                  tatertotsrock RE: meatlessinla Sep 5, 2007 03:22 PM

                                  Hmmm, I forgot that 101 is 24 hours. Always had a good, reasonably priced meal without the attitude of Fred 62's pathetic, wanna-be tragically hip wait staff.Even their decaf coffe at 3am has been fine. Good french toast too.

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                                  hungrymujer RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 12:40 PM

                                  bobs big boy in burbank all the way! delicious burgers, great fries, the seasoning salt is delish. good for a crowd...you might even spot a celebrity!

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                                    Diana RE: hungrymujer Sep 5, 2007 12:42 PM

                                    I never knew it was 24 hour!

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                                      Skunk2Racer RE: hungrymujer Sep 5, 2007 12:43 PM

                                      Do they still serve chili over spaghetti?

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                                        SauceSupreme RE: Skunk2Racer Sep 5, 2007 01:09 PM

                                        Heh, this to me sounds like a Filipino dish. Also, growing up I'd have hot dogs sliced up in spaghetti. Pinoys have funny taste buds.

                                        For another diner, there's Swingers on Beverly just west of Fairfax.

                                        I hope someone is compiling this into one of those sexy Google Maps. It'd be really convenient to see each thread with its own map.

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                                        Swinger's
                                        8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                                          Normal Garciaparra RE: SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 05:15 PM

                                          Swinger's isn't 24-hours, they close at 3 or 4 a.m.

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                                      ITurnedOutTV RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 01:48 PM

                                      I'm working on decade-old information, but back in my younger, out-all-night drinking days, nothing beat a middle-of-the-night breakfast with the GIANT cinnamon bun side at Dolores' diner in West LA.

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                                      Dolores
                                      11407 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                                        Skunk2Racer RE: ITurnedOutTV Sep 6, 2007 03:01 PM

                                        UGH! Dolores had the WORST Lasagna of my life! went there once, I'm still surprised it's been there for so long.

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                                          ITurnedOutTV RE: Skunk2Racer Sep 6, 2007 03:12 PM

                                          That's too bad. I've only ever had breakfast there, and I've always been happy.

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                                            Servorg RE: ITurnedOutTV Sep 6, 2007 03:13 PM

                                            Breakfast is the way to go at Dolores, no matter what time of the day or night it happens to be.

                                      2. ozzygee RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 02:06 PM

                                        Donut Man in Glendora is 24/7 in case you're feeling lonely late at night and need some sweet company.

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                                        Donut Man
                                        915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

                                        1. Woolsey RE: gillianw Sep 5, 2007 02:39 PM

                                          Hey, where's the standard recommendation for the BCD Tofu House? Or Pipers? Koreatown is not representin' today...

                                          EDIT: Just looked up and saw BCD. This is what a two-cup day is like. Anyway, what's that other soon dubu house at Olympic and Vermont? I think it's part of another mini-chain that's also 24-hours.

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                                            ns1 RE: Woolsey Sep 5, 2007 05:51 PM

                                            hodori/nakwon(sp?)

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                                              Woolsey RE: ns1 Sep 5, 2007 06:22 PM

                                              Hodori! That's what I was thinking of...

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                                            hpcat RE: gillianw Sep 6, 2007 02:52 PM

                                            Not 24 hours, but until about 4am, there's Torung on Hollywood blvd for Thai food. I'm sure there are others in the area open late, too. Sanamluang in N. Hollywood seems to stay open, too.

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                                              SauceSupreme RE: hpcat Sep 6, 2007 03:14 PM

                                              Also closing at 4am are Ruen Pair in Thai Town and Bossa Nova in Hollywood.

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                                              avena RE: gillianw Sep 6, 2007 03:00 PM

                                              My friends and I always end up at Garden Cafe late at night...don't know why, they don't have the best food, but its lively!

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                                              Garden Cafe
                                              228 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

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                                                Mando RE: avena Sep 6, 2007 05:36 PM

                                                I go here too. Not 24-7 but i think they're open til 4 or 5. For me its just one of those habits that started with growing up in the SGV. Its more lively here after 12 than before it.

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                                                  africanizedkiller RE: Mando Sep 7, 2007 12:13 PM

                                                  True: not 24. I think Sika's is.

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                                                Velvet Elvis RE: gillianw Sep 6, 2007 04:31 PM

                                                The Alberto's/Alfredo's/Whatevero's are mostly open 24 hrs for some tasty mexican food. I love their chicken tacos and their asada isn't bad.

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                                                  silleehillee RE: Velvet Elvis Sep 7, 2007 02:17 AM

                                                  Don't forget Alerto's! :D

                                                2. tastyjon RE: gillianw Sep 18, 2007 12:35 PM

                                                  Norms!

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                                                    Overdrawn RE: gillianw Sep 18, 2007 01:14 PM

                                                    3am quinoa at Swingers in Santa Monica! Suehiro in Little Tokyo, but I'm not sure how late they're open nowadays--at least until 2am on weekends. Nice downtown crowd.

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                                                      CynGriff RE: Overdrawn Sep 22, 2007 07:36 AM

                                                      There's a feature in last Thursday's LA Times Weekend section on 24 LA that has some 24 hour eateries...and lots of other fun things to do into the wee hours...

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                                                        AGENT FOODIE RE: CynGriff Sep 22, 2007 10:55 PM

                                                        i second norms for late night dining. ive always like the chicken soup and bagels at jerrys deli. theres the restaurant down in huntingon beach near the ocean thats open 24hrs i think, cant remember the name though

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                                                          Servorg RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 23, 2007 04:31 AM

                                                          http://www.harborhousecafe.com/aboutu...

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                                                            maxzook RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 23, 2007 10:16 AM

                                                            Third.

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                                                            Norm's
                                                            Lincoln Blvd At Colorado, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                            Harbor House Cafe
                                                            34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

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                                                        dropafry RE: gillianw Mar 10, 2008 08:22 PM

                                                        What, no recs for jack in the box ? Of course there are conditions. You have to be 17 and stoned; and you have to be able to tolerate grease and that strange meat paste they put in their tacos.

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