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Apr 22, 2009 03:20 PM

Du-Par's San Diego

Newish 24 hour diner, looks like it might be a good breakfast option. Have not been over to the Sportsaloma area in a while, must have missed it. LA board seems to like it for pattty melts, pancakes, and pie. Anyone try the SD outpost yet?

"The Bakers Square on Sports Arena Boulevard has been replaced by Du-par’s, a longtime Los Angeles coffee-shop chain whose consulting chefs came from Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants. The diner, open 24 hours, serves a rotating selection of fresh pies, including strawberry and rhubarb, plus updates to diner favorites like homemade corn beef and sugar bruléed steel cut oatmeal. 3711 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-224-4454." San Diego City Beat.

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  1. Used to love the Du-pars in Studio City. The pancakes were great after, ahem, a late nite out. Old school coffee shop.

    1. I haven't been yet, but DuPar's is in a new book I have about the L.A. Farmer's market (where DuPar's first opened in 1938) and literally the day after I read this I drove past the new location. Apparently they have really good chicken pot pie... so I'll be checking it out sooner rather than later.

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      1. re: Shannon

        Wierd huh? Would you mind sharing the name of the book, sounds interesting.

        1. re: stevuchan

          Sure... here's the link. The chicken pie recipe is in the book.

      2. Du-Par's takes a lot of heat for not being like it used to be or is supposed to be, or something, but I've always liked their breakfast. San Diego dearly needs more homey, 24-hour places.

        1. been to the one at Farmers Market and it was excellent in that Coffee Shop kind of way..
          Can't wait to try the one at Sports Arena..
          I see they have my fav...Patty Melt!

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Can someone tell me about the pie?? Is it REAL pie, with homemade fillings?? or just that stuff from cans and powered mixes you get at other "homey 24 hour places" around town??

            1. re: nessy

              Overpriced, small and sometimes fresh fillings when it's like strawberry season. Nothing I'd go out of my way for.

              Du-Par's in Los Angeles isn't what it used to be so good luck. Pancakes definitely aren't what they used to be- over rated and overpriced.

              1. re: monku

                Went in for breakfast, not impressed. I guess there is a difference between country fried steak and chicken fried steak. Watery gravy and poorly fried steak. Florentine Benedict was well cooked but the hollandaise was ultra thick. Dog enjoyed the leftovers. I would put it in the middle of the pack for breakfast in San Diego. It is located right by the Best Western Sea World, so the place was filled with tourist and loud ill mannered children.

                1. re: stevuchan

                  What stevu? you dont enjoy "loud ill mannered children?" lol Thanks for the heads up. I will be sure to steer clear of that little slice of hell.

                  1. re: Captain Jack

                    Especially between ten at night and six in the morning, when those tiny tots are out in force!

                    About half the time when people say "this place isn't any good any more," I've found that, even though it wasn't that great to begin with, it's still fine for a decent low-expectation meal. Given their (and my frequent) 24-hour schedule, I'll try the SD Du-Par's over any Denny's, whose leftovers not even the dog will eat!

                  2. re: stevuchan

                    Just as I difference than Los Angeles.

                    SUB-PAR'S !!!!!!

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