Nick's Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles
- Mrs. Marshall
Does anyone know what's going on with Nick's? We drove by the other day and the windows were boarded up and no one was home! We love that place for breakfast and BBQ! Any info would be most appreciated.
I hope it's not closed! That place is great. I know that they keep interesting hours- open very early (around 5am?), close early in the afternoon, and closed on the weekends (or at least Sundays- not sure about Saturday)
Nick's Cafe (once a railroad cafe) is definitely still going strong for breakfast and lunch. They open early (I think 5:30) and close early, perhaps 2 PM, so that's why folks often think it's closed and gone. Due to the rampant graffiti from the nearby Dog Town housing project, when they close each afternoon they board up the windows with old plywood.
Food is still dependable, homemade quality diner food. They make their own great ham (rivals, no bests Phillipes), and have lunch specials (BBQ for one) several times during the week. They'll even sell you a ham bone for your dog!
Weekdays the patrons are "real" Los Angeles folk, downtown "hardhat" workers, lots of city vehicles, high wheel trucks (railroads) and unmarked cop cars in evidence. Saturdays you may come across yuppies slumming on the wrong side of the 101 with baby seats, Blackberries and the New York Times, but nothing's perfect!