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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

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


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                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.

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                    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.

                    2. B&R Burgers in Hawthorne
                      The Pantry in Downtown L.A.
                      Bludso's In Compton

                      1. Here's a map of the places DD&D has featured: http://www.communitywalk.com/united_s... . Looks like there's four or five places in the greater LA area. (In my very limited experience, once a place is featured on this show, it immediately turns into a zoo, so be prepared to wait.)

                        1. chris cognac, who is on the police force in los angeles, used to have a show called "the hungry detective" on the food network. if memory serves, he did feature some dives. you can find some of his recommendations here, though your eyes may start bleeding from looking at his site's background pattern: http://www.culinarydetective.com/mydi...

                          1. Go to Andria's in the Ventura Harbr. It's a wait in line, place your order and then go pick it up. Great Clam chowder, fish and chips. It's a great seafood diner.

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                            1. re: Hughlipton

                              Oh, and don't forget the Busy Bee Cafe on Main Street in Ventura. It's an old diner that's been spiffed up, but only just enough so your shoes won't stick to the floor...

                            2. There is a book called "Fantastic Dives," which lists/describes/reviews a bunch of dives in the greater LA area. It is years old, and I have no idea whether it has been revised, but I'm guessing many of the places listed are still going strong. Here's a link to where it is (or may be) available: https://www.ecampus.com/book/97808747...

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                              1. re: ozhead

                                I have the book and the lists of the known survivors:

                                Where do you think Divefan got his handle?

                                I'd put my South Bay favorites up, but I do NOT want the curse of Guy Fieri to be upon them.

                                1. re: DiveFan

                                  Because you're a Chelsea supporter !!!

                                  Bye Bye Drogba.

                                  1. re: DiveFan

                                    Great public service, DiveFan -- thanks!!

                                2. Snug Harbor in Santa Monica, on Wilshire near 26th.
                                  Best biscuits and gravy I've ever had. Great burgers and the cake shake.
                                  Vanilla ice cream blended with a piece of chocolate fudge cake. Yum!!!!
                                  I think it's been there since WWII. Only open until 3pm, and crowded breakfast on weekends.

                                  1. One other place that I forgot about till now, The Shack (especially / only the one in Playa Del Rey). Grilled 1/2 lb double cheeseburger with spicy portugese sausage or louisiana hot link combo and 100 ft to the beach. Definitely belongs in this thread

                                    The Shack
                                    185 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

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                                    1. Please don't forget Langer's...