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Dec 22, 2003 07:04 PM

The Original Pantry

  • m

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

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              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.