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May 15, 2009 08:12 AM

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

I love Guy Fieri's DD&D's on the Food Channel but I cannot find anything good in the Los Angeles, Ventura CA area. It seems like everything is in the South. Any body know of anything in the area that is as Decadent and good as seen on this show? Maybe something similar to HoDads in San Diego. TIA

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  1. Try the Nickel Diner for biscuits and gravy, or Panns for chicken and waffles or their biscuits and gravy. El Tepeyac for a Hollenbeck burrito or a Manuel's special. Try an Oki DOgi fully loaded. LA has lots of DD&D's. Try J&S for a Special Quesadilla or a hot dog taquito., Langer's for the worlds best pastrami. Bay Cities or East Side Deli for a great Italian sub. Gafey Streeet Diner has been on the food network or go to Joe's in Redondo for a Mad Dog or a John Wayne. Get the Hang Over Cure at Millie's on Sunset.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      I had the biscuits and gravy at the Nickel Diner in January and was totally put off by the cloyingly sweet gravy. They told me the chef used chicken and apple sausage for the gravy. ??????? Then I told them he's never tasted the gravy himself since he would know how badly it tasted, don't get too cheffy with the recipe and to go back to regular pork sausage for the gravy. Have they changed the B&G since then?

      1. re: Endsinavowel

        The flavor was a little sweet but the consistency was what i loved so much, not a thick globular gelatinous blob. Mayby more savory and peppery for me would amke it the best. I like Panns and Gaffey Street Diner also.

    2. Burger Boy has hit a lot of good ideas. If you are down OC way try the Harbor House in either Sunset Beach or Dana Point. Open 365/24

      Add: Hawaiian food places usually live up the DD&D's ethos. Check out this recent review on the Coffee Shop at the Gardena Bowl (plus it has some other places mentioned as well).

      Harbor House Cafe
      34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

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      1. re: Servorg

        I was disappointed with the Gardena Bowl, it is a dive though. Try Aloha Food Factory talked about a few posts below this one.

        1. re: Servorg

          Harbor House is not very good! Granted its one of the only places (if not THE only place) open 24 hours in the area so if you're starving at 4am it serves its purpose. But to specifically seek out a decadent diner meal I would not recommend Harbor House.

          1. re: junglekitte

            Harbor House is pretty good for breakfast...bacon and eggs, omelettes, etc., but their coffee pretty poor. And for other meals, I agree, it's not great.

          2. re: Servorg

            ooo harbor house gravy fries...brings back memories

            1. re: peppermonkey

              Call me crazy - I like their breakfasts a lot. It's the only meal I go for so other offerings will have to wait for some out of the ordinary event for me to give them a try. Although now you have me interested in the gravy fries I will admit.

              1. re: Servorg

                Don't expect too much...I just remember them being good when I was a hungry college student late at night....and they were fun b/c they were new to me

          3. Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles!

            1. There have been 5 places from the L.A.-Uberoplois that have appeared on D,D & Ds:

              Patrick's Roadhouse - Santa Monica

              Baby Blues BBQ - Venice

              Jay Bee's BBQ - Gardena
              (310) 532-1064

              Gaffey St. Diner - San Pedro
              (310) 548-6724

              Schooner or Later - Long Beach

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                1. Munch Box
                  21532 Devonshire St.
                  Chatsworth, CA 91311
                  (818) 998-9240


                  1. re: Norm Man

                    This used to be a Sat. family favorite for lunch but the food has gone downhill

                  2. Pann's is "Inglewood Adjacent", on an island sorta between Inglewood and Culver City.

                    If we're going to include Oki Dog, I think we need to count The Bucket in Eagle Rock as well.

                    1. Taco Bell on Peck Rd., north of Valley Blvd still does the Bell Beefer with cheese, you have to ask for it.

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        I'm not so sure you would want to eat at Taco Bell. My sister-in-law worked there not long ago, and said that the refried beans is rehydrated powder as are all the the sauces and most of the food is microwaved. Thinking about all the preservatives and stuff they use makes me think of a very un-Chowfriendly experience.

                        1. re: attran99

                          This is for the world famous long gone Bell Beefer w/cheese. It is so damn good. No beans included.

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            oh, yeah, taco bell is so damn good, it does put a damper on my chowish tendencies. but sometimes it's like manna from the heavens.