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Aug 29, 2008 04:55 PM

Quintessentially Los Angeles Dinner?

Hi - Have some Aussies in town and want them to enjoy a quintessentially Los Angeles diner before they go home. Needs to be t-shirt and jeans friendly, and under an hour, preferably somewhere between Van Nuys and LAX.

Roscoe's comes to mind, maybe Pinks....what else?


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    1. Your making it kind of tough but I think you could get by at the Valley Inn which I used to go to 57 years ago with my folks.

      1. While I am thinking about it you could also go to the Buggy Whip near LAX. This is so qunitessential L.A., Mickey Cohen used to eat there.

          1. re: Servorg

            my exact thought when I read this post!

            Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
            6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

            1. re: Servorg

              The OP uses "dinner," in the title, and "diner," in the body of the post. Dinner diner or diner dinner, I agree - Pann's would fit. Googie architecture, the standard of what all coffee shops/diners should be, on the way to the airport, great menu choices, should be in and out within an hour, casual place, and I think the OP's Aussie guests might enjoy the split-pea soup, the chicken wings and waffles, and the shakes...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                To your food recommendations at Pann's I would add the 3/4 lb. patty melt done medium rare and dripping with meat juice soaked rye and the fried chicken dinner. Pann's is one of the few remaining LA jewels and deserves our support.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Slapping my forehead and looking up in self-disgust... How could I forget the patty melt - that's what I had the last time I was there. Great menu recs...