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Pantry? WTF?

so many people talk about the pantry in downtown.
when i went there two days ago, we took a party of 8 and i have to say that the only thing that the pantry was consistent at was making bad food.
i mean, i dont understand what all the talk/hype is about. denny's has a better menu and better tasting food at half the cost.
we tried the pancake, french toast, rotisserie chicken, country fried steak, philly cheese steak sandwich. the philly was the best dish but that was sub-par at best. the rotisserie chicken was extremely dry and the dish would of tasted better if it were raw.
so seriously, wtf is up with all the hype?
i need to know this.
place is garbage!

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  1. " wtf is up with all the hype? ...place is garbage! "

    I couldn't agree more.

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    1. re: RicRios

      And I'm forgetting: CASH ONLY. Gimme a break!

    2. I agree. I think Langer's makes a way, way better breakfast.

      1. You Got the Wrong Things. For Breakfast You have to go for the Ham Steak & Eggs. Huge ham Slice bigger than your plate. For the rest of the time You have to stick to the Meats. They are know for the Steaks. Too bad you didn't have a good experience.

        1. I actually like the pantry for Breakfast. The egg dishes, home style potatoes ( well done ) bacon, and ham, or ham steak are all tasty in my book. The Buckwheat Pancakes and Sour Dough Toast ( ask for it dry or the pile on the oil when they toast it on the grill ) are all standouts as well. I like the old world vibe and I personally sit at the counter when I am alone. Best spot when your seeking a heavy breakfast.

          1. the hype = it's old, has original design elements, and is open 24 hours. it's claim to fame was that it was the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city . . . i think even during the 1992 riots (not sure why that's a claim to fame for a restaurant, but whatever). it was purportedly better before mayor reardon bought it - but i don't agree with that.

            the food = bad, at best.

            it's vibe = old la and i guess decent for a 3 a.m. snack and coffee. otherwise, stay away.

            1. Regardless of what others may say, the food here is just bad all across the board.
              If you cannot find a better meal in the greater LA area, probably for the same or less $$$, then you do not know where to look.
              Does "just say no" come to mind when someone says let's go there.

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              1. re: carter

                Esp. with Pacific Dining Car just a mile away:


                Pacific Dining Car
                1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

              2. I completely agree. I've tried to warn people away from the Pantry because the food is awful. I'd rather have a McGriddle.

                1. A Pantry steak is definitely not a great steak, maybe not even a good steak, but it certainly is a great value steak. I can barely finish one along with all the tasty sides (cole slaw, corn, sourdough bread). All for only $15 and at 3am no less. It might not be the greatest culinary experience in the world but I always feel like I get my money's worth. Can you say the same for Cut? Also add points for the historic character.

                  1. Yes, the Pantry is terrible. Perhaps we should add this to the sticky at the top of the LA board.

                    1. Not to pile on, but this is the only restaurant in L.A. I can remember taking one look at the menu (it was dinner time) and a couple of the dishes coming out of the kitchen and just walking out. It's funny how there are sort of iconic places in town that have unique items, love 'em or hate 'em (Phillipe's, Oki-dog, etc.) and others that seem to just limp or coast along, year after year, because of "vibe", like Pink's or this place. I guess it's more of a social experience, or a fantasy experience. Maybe I have no place posting this b/c I didn't actually eat the food here, but believe me, I'll give just about any place a shot!

                      1. The Pantry is possibly the awfulest restaurant in L.A. County.

                        It actually was closed for renovation at one point a few years ago, so there goes its claim of "continuously operating"...

                        I don't really mind "cash only" - some of the very best dives in San Gabriel Valley are cash only...

                        1. The Pantry is quite good for breakfast IMHO. I usually get bacon or steak and eggs with sourdough toast. Haven't had a misstep yet.

                          1. The last time I was there was a couple of years ago; I had a steak and cole slaw and it was very good.