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Downtown LA for breakfast

valleyvillagefoodie Dec 3, 2008 03:46 PM

I keep hearing that downtown has great breakfast for cheap prices. Any suggesstions? I have family coming in and they want to experience all the different cities I can take them to, so I was going to start downtown.

Thanks in advance for any help!!

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    trojandude RE: valleyvillagefoodie Dec 3, 2008 03:59 PM

    The two biggies are of course the Pantry and Philippes. Both good old school diner breakfasts.



    I'm sure there are a lot of hole-in-the-wall type places with really cheap prices, but I don't have a good idea.

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      ns1 RE: trojandude Dec 3, 2008 04:21 PM

      I'd pass on both quite frankly.

      Cheap and ghetto (I wouldn't take my family there that's for sure, total greasy spoon but it's good for what it is)

      Uncle John's Ham & Eggs

      A much better breakfast than Pantry (IMHO) is @Langers

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        TonyC RE: ns1 Dec 3, 2008 04:24 PM

        lots of new choices now.. not sure CHEAP is really one of them tho:
        Ma Petit
        2nd St Cafe
        Blue LA Cafe

        (and of course, Nickel Diner.. but.. ICK)

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          cls RE: ns1 Dec 4, 2008 06:02 AM

          Pass on Phillipe's for a family? It's a great family spot IMO and one of the oldest in Downtown so I would definitely second it for out of town guests.

          I used to like Banquette on 4th and Main but haven't been in a while.

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            ndevelopment RE: cls Dec 4, 2008 06:27 AM

            The Nickel Diner is very popular these days. Very affordable and quality food . Its on Main between 5th & 6th. Tons of great reviews. I too would skip The Pantry - I dont get the hype.


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              ns1 RE: cls Dec 4, 2008 07:11 AM

              meh, I went due to the "history" of the place and left pretty underwhelmed. The potato salad was good though.

          2. re: trojandude
            heckonwheels RE: trojandude Dec 4, 2008 09:33 AM

            Count me as a Philippes fan for breakfast. I find it just fine and reasonable. Pantry...not so much. Also, for hole-in-the-wall, Mexican style, there's La Noche Buena on Olvera St. Tiny and cheap, but good.

          3. Servorg RE: valleyvillagefoodie Dec 3, 2008 04:55 PM

            Great old style dive:

            Nicks Cafe
            1300 N Spring St
            Los Angeles, CA 90012
            323 222 1450

            Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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              nosh RE: Servorg Dec 3, 2008 05:33 PM

              Nick's is excellent, a favorite of a lot of law enforcement and court personnel. Their specialty is ham -- none of that processed deli stuff -- dense and the real thing. They also do a good homemade salsa. Keep things simple there -- ham and eggs -- and it is really good. It is just N/E of downtown, east of Chinatown.

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                annalulu RE: Servorg Dec 3, 2008 06:58 PM

                Unless their hours have recently changed, they are also open Saturdays until noon or so. Love this place!

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                  monku RE: Servorg Dec 3, 2008 07:21 PM

                  Get the ham & eggs or Denver omelette and the house made salsa.
                  Don't be scared off if you drive by after hours- you'd think the place was closed for good.
                  Think they close 11am on Saturdays.

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                    JeMange RE: Servorg Dec 4, 2008 12:36 PM

                    I've visited Nick's twice and have been disappointed each time. First time I had the ham and eggs, which was entirely average and the next time I had a Denver omelette, which was nothing to rave about. I think the reason that Nick's stands out is that there are very few of these place in LA. If you're from the midwest or east coast, they're a dime a dozen.

                  2. soniabegonia RE: valleyvillagefoodie Dec 3, 2008 05:16 PM

                    When I worked downtown, I used to love the breakfast burrito with ham from the taco truck on Grand, right in front of the Wells Fargo building. With green salsa. $2.50. Doesn't get much cheaper than that. And eating from a taco truck is quintessential LA. I was downtown again recently for jury duty and this was my breakfast stop. Grab some burritos and go across the street to the Cal Plaza water court where tables are plentiful in the morning. The truck is only there on weekdays.

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                      mlgb RE: valleyvillagefoodie Dec 4, 2008 05:41 PM

                      Philippe's Yes
                      Pantry No
                      Langers No

                      1. J.L. RE: valleyvillagefoodie Dec 5, 2008 01:19 AM

                        How does everyone feel about Pete's (on 4th & Spring)?

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                          Breakbread RE: J.L. Dec 5, 2008 01:19 PM

                          Its not bad just dont like their coffe

                        2. alkylyou RE: valleyvillagefoodie Dec 5, 2008 12:41 PM

                          the price has gone up a little since i last went, but homegirl cafe has a wonderful breakfast menu.
                          gabrielle's chilaquiles are to die for. drop an egg on it and you win at life.
                          totally worth it, also considering all the jobs you're helping to create.

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