How is Pann's?
I hope I'm doing this right...I have heard a lot of good tings about Pann's. I want to go to go see a Googie diner.
Is the food good? I read that they serve good chicken and biscuits. Do they have Chili size? Chili Fries?
is it a "greasy Spoon"?
I want to go Saturday for dinner. Do they serve chicken and waffles and biscuits at dinner? What is good?
Also, Dinah's is a place nearby, is it similar?
Is the neighborhood scary?
Thanks for all advice and help.
Pann's is a Los Angeles gem. Excellent wings and waffles and they are now offer biscuits (fantastic biscuits) at night. Also, their patty melt is a wonder. I think their sides are a little weak, although the mac & cheese if okay and I seem to end up with the steamed fresh spinach most of the time. I also like their fried chicken dinner. Breakfast is normally a good choice. If you like shakes I find their brownie shake with chunks of chocolate brownie well distributed throughout the shake to be delicious. It is a diner but not a greasy spoon. Very nice and the googie look, their golden oldies rock and roll sound track (just loud enough - and this coming from someone who hates loud music when dining out) and warm service make for a great time. Location is not scary at all. Every race eats there and it has always seemed like a little United Nations offshoot to me. Favorite stop for the local law enforcement patrol officers from at least 3 different cities meet there for dinner on a regular basis, (Inglewood, Hawthorne and of course the LAPD). Hope you'll post your impression if you go.
" diabetic coma will follow" Yep! Same is true about the Oreo shake -- Wow!
To the OP, Pann's is a true Googie cafe -- not a diner. L.A. has no diners anymore. However, like a diner, Pann'st has a great long counter with lots of seats and a diner style menu. The fried chicken dinner is, IMO, the best in L.A. However, the sides are not near as great as the chicken. The chicken is perfect with a great crust, very moist (juicy) and tender inside and a fresh chicken flavor. These cooks understand that clean hot oil is what fried chicken is all about. I dream about that chicken.
Pann's menu does offer a Chili size. I have never had it but have been tempted as it is a corn muffin in place of a burger bun. I want to add that probably every other time I eat a Pann's I get some Pea Soup to-go and for two reasons. It is a very good pea soup with a mild smoky flavor. Also, it is good to have something from Pann's to eat the next day which helps my gas bill from having to drive back there from the SGV!.
Also, post about Pann's are the only repeated post about places that I always read. Especially the "My first time post" about Pann's. It is always fun to recall my first time when I read the words from others about the Googie ambiance, the service and, oh, that food. So you must post about your first time.
Pann's -- on this page it might be necessay to click on the buttons atr the bottom of the page for the menu to pop-up.
Pann's is maybe the best diner-type food in the area. No, it is the best diner food in the area.
I don't believe they serve waffles at dinner, but call. Apparently they do serve their famous biscuits at dinner
They do have excellent chili. Their fried chicken is superb. Do a search on what others like about Pann's.
The restaurant is in the middle of a rather large business area.
I just went back to Pann's yesterday, after a long long time. Pann's fried chicken: really nicely fried, crispy, but no flavor. The biscuit: it's fine, not so memorable, the raves are out of whack. They use margarine, not butter. Eggs and homestyle potatoes: standard diner.
But yes you should def go if you haven't been. Oogie the Googie, good service, check out the chicken for yourself.
Ladera Heights-ish is not scary.
Never eaten there, but I drive by it every time I go to LAX. That would be countless times at every hour of the day and night over the years. I would hardly call it scary, I suppose it's a fair question, as scary and dangerous are two totally different things. I don't find it to be either one, but the type of person who finds otherness to be scary and depending what other is to that person, could make it feel scary. There's always Mel's on Sunset, which scares the hell out of me ; )