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Dec 3, 2008 03:46 PM

Downtown LA for breakfast

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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  1. 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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    1. re: trojandude

      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

      1. re: ns1

        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)

        1. re: ns1

          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.

          1. re: cls

            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.


            1. re: cls

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

          2. re: trojandude

            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. 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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            1. re: Servorg

              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.

              1. re: Servorg

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

                1. re: Servorg

                  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.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    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. 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.

                    1. Philippe's Yes
                      Pantry No
                      Langers No

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

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                        1. re: J.L.

                          Its not bad just dont like their coffe