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The Original Pantry

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I've never been to this place, but in about two weeks going to meet a small group there, for breakfast. I know, it's just breakfast, but any recommendations on what should not be missed, or avoided ? I like everything, so any input welcome. Thanks !

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  1. Haven't been there in a couple of years but the ham steak with eggs was a killer. If it's late enough in the morning, and although your friends might find you strange, ask for a plate of cole slaw. May be the best I ever had.

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    1. re: hugh lipton

      If you like your eggs and potatos cooked in that yellow oil that greasey spoons like to keep near the grille you'll love the Pantry. They got it in squirt bottles there. They use that same oil to "butter" the sourdough.

      Call me a wimp but I like my eggs cooked in butter and I don't like heavy oils in my toast. The cole slaw is good. The standing rib roast is a poor man's prime rib. Afraid to get it now that mad cow has broken loose.

      1. re: ks

        I second the rec for sourdough toast with breaskfast.

        However, I'd advise caution on returning for lunch or dinner. The Pantry is way off it's peak.

        1. re: Sam D.

          I agree with that assessment. Breakfast only.

          1. re: brian h

            I agree also: only for breakfast, and only because it's an LA institution.

            1. re: LBQT

              HI Can someone help me here please! A group of us (about 30 people) are planning a meetup on the morning of 2 Jan. Is this restaurant large enough for this size group?
              Need to know asap as we need to make alternate arrangements if not big enough.
              Chris Smith

              1. re: chris

                I don't think the Pantry would work for your purposes. You might want to call them just to see what they would say, but I am doubtful.

              2. re: LBQT

                I so agree with this. Breakfast only.

          2. re: ks

            I third the sourdough toast reco along with some Over Easy eggs to dip that bread soaked in grease (crunchy, but greasy). Making a sandwhich with the eggs, some steak, and that toast, dipped in a mix of A1 and egg yolk is not only bad for you, its good for you!


          3. Also, the homemade salsa is about the best I have had in LA

            1. This is purely a breakfast place - eggs, pancakes, etc. It is a greasy spoon on one level but they are generous with there portions and it is an LA institution which is very rare in this town. I always enjoy myself here and have not had a bad experience.

              1. Great for breakfast. I enjoy the pancakes. But there is always a line, so expect a wait. If you have a heart or cholesterol issue, this place is not for you.

                1. I really like the ham steak and eggs. Plus coffee AND pancakes come with it. Make sure you buy a mug while you're there! They have great, old school diner mugs.

                  1. Recommendation please. Is this the Original Pantry on Figuero? We have seen it on visits to daughter at USC. Is this worth the line on Sunday mornings? Will use the above recs for ordering. Any other tips? Thanks

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                    1. re: foodseek

                      Get the griddle fried sourdough toast with your breakfast

                      1. re: foodseek

                        I usually do not choose French Toast when I am out for breakfast, and I didn't when I went there a couple of months ago, but my husband did, and if we go back, I WILL. I was really impressed with the F.T.; they use sourdough bread which I think makes a huge difference. Also, I read here on one thread to order the salsa, and it was great with the eggs. They also have buckwheat pancakes, which I had never had before, so that was enjoyable.

                      2. We used to hit this place in college on a regular basis for late night, early morning grub. I didn't eat meat back then and used to love the sourdough toast and orange marmalade, I think I also ordered scambled eggs. I am afraid to go there now since the health dept closed them down a few years ago.


                        1. My son and I go every year around Mothers Day. Walk from our fave Bonaventure and read the paper while in line. The coffee is hot, the pancakes are fluffy, the bacon is thick & crisp, and the eggs are as ordered plus the waiter is usually very on top of things. Not earth shattering, but a tasty tradition.

                          1. Locally overrated. The decrepit floor and surly staff are kind of cool, but the food is ... edible, for the most part. If you're really jonesing for diner food, and there's no line ... okay, go in. Otherwise, go elsewhere. Not surprised at Ted's disappointment above; east coast (and midwest -- and southern -- and great plains) diners can be quite delightful in their own special way, and you really can't find that in California. (RIP Jones Diner in the Village ... sniff.) On the bright side, sushi (and other Japanese, and a range of other asian foods) out here can be damn fine. The restaurant in the New Otani does a traditional Japanese breakfast, which I've been meaning to try for a while now....