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May 17, 2008 10:35 AM

Breakfast downtown

I would love to take my family (10 of us total) out to breakfast before they leave town tomorrow. They're staying in downtown Los Angeles, so somewhere downtown or near USC would be best. We've spent quite a bit of money on food this weekend, so preferably not somewhere too pricey... and, just to throw this out there because I'm sure it would be a suggestion, I personally think The Pantry is overrated.

Any wonderful ideas? They're much appreciated!

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  1. Not far from downtown you might call and see if Cliff's Edge can accommodate you all for Sunday brunch (from 11 am).

    If that's not the right price or place you might go low end at Clifton's Cafeteria. I am assuming they are open for Sunday breakfast. If you family will go for a Mexican breakfast you could check with La Golondrina, open from 9 am, 7 days a week: in the Olvera St. area.

    add: Clifton's is open 7 days a week from 6:30 am

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    1. re: Servorg

      Philippe's (in Chinatown, near Union Station) has good breakfasts at very reasonable prices, but **they stop serving at 10:30 am** (and if you get there close to that time, you need to take a ticket so they'll still serve you breakfast).

      It may not be the experience you're looking for -- you have to order at the counter, where there may be long lines, and the place can be somewhat zoo-like. But it's an L.A. institution, and if you take over one of the long tables or grab one of the small upstairs rooms, it might be fun.

    2. How could we not go to the Original Pantry. Depending on what time you go there could be a line so best to plan being there an hour before you want to eat unless you are early eaters (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.). Ham and eggs, buckwheat cakes, potatoes and sourdough bread (if yo ask) otherwise I suppose you'll get toast. For thos of us who are jaded, and I am, we also ask for a side of coleslaw at breakfast, just because it is so good. I could go on and on but I've been going there for 59 years. Most likely before that I just don't remember back that far (9th and Figueroa)

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      1. re: Hughlipton

        The Original Pantry is a tasteless greasepit whose popularity is solely based on its reputation as a post-club hangout and L.A. "institution" whose glory days are long behind it.

        Go instead to Pete's Cafe on 626 S. Spring St. Good, solid breakfasts for all.

        1. re: J.L.

          OK I agree that the Pantry is lackluster at best. To each his/her own though.

          But I don't understand re: Pete's. Pete's is on Main Street, right? And as far as I know it does not serve breakfast.

          1. re: aventinus

            Pete's serves brunch (waffles, etc.)

        2. re: Hughlipton

          Every out of towner I've ever taken to the Pantry loves the hearty breakfast. Never a complaint about the grease. Truly nothing fancy, just a no frills all American breakfast. Too many people take it for granted.
          The problem would be there's only one large table which would accomodate your party of 10.

          2nd the Chinatown dim sum idea. You could get out of there easily for less than $10/head with tax and tip and there are many tables that accomodate 10+.

        3. It's it's tomorrow when you're going (i.e. Sunday), then I'd suggest Tranquility Base for their brunch menu.

          1. How about dim sum in chinatown. It's perfect for a large group. There's Ocean Seafood, with lovely decor or Empress Pavilion, which is also nice. My current favorite, however, is CBS Seafood. While the decor is not quite as upscale, the dim sum is both good and very cheap.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Depending upon where your relatives are from, I think dim sum could be a fun and unique breakfast/brunch. All of the places mentioned above in Chinatown offer cart service, which I definitely recommend for first-time or early dim sum experiences.

              1. re: nosh

                wow - thanks for all of the great ideas! Much appreciated.