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Jan 19, 2005 01:36 PM

Old Style Diners

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Does anyone know if there are any old-style diners still around. What I am looking for is what they call greasy spoon kind of food, good and cheap. I'm in SGV area but will travel.

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      1. re: taco

        I like the breakfast there. Pancakes, eggs and sausage are done right. I ask for my eggs up and basted and that is how they come. The shakes are not bad either -- old style. I wish they made a better burger and fries. Bun and Burger was once a chain in the LA area. (Locations in Santa Monica to Covina and more). Originally they offered a special complete dinner including soup, salad, bun and burger (that was the bread and meat portion of the dinner), fries, a drink, and a slice of pie. Those were the days. I asked the current owner about doing it again but back in reality.... At least this place still has the original counter and kitchen hood. One of the best in the LA / OC area. I really do not think the owners understand what they have there. If they offerd a great burger and fries this place would be on the map again becaused it has a natrual burger ambiance.. At least they are good for breakfast.

        Bun and Burger
        1000 E Main St
        Alhambra, California 91801
        (626) 281-6777

        1. re: JeetJet

          Speaking of Alhambra isn't there a diner there its kinda retro looking. I saw it on t.v. one time. what's the name of that place? thanks

          1. re: taco

            I think you are talking about Diner on Main. Googie style inside and out. The ceiling is really cool. The roof somehow reminds me of Pann's. I are their once. I recall a good salad but the dressing was all wrong. Burger -- not great but not bad.

            Diner on Main
            201 W. Main
            Alhambra, CA

    1. Pie & Burger, Pasadena. Rae's, Santa Monica. Apple Pan, WLA.

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      1. re: Kat

        IMHO Pie & Burger and the Apple Pan are expensive for small portions.

        @ P&B a slice of pie is not only very overpriced but they slice the pir into 8ths rather than the standard 6ths.

        1. re: Wes

          Huh? Small portions? Pie 'n' Burger? Maybe the pie cuts (although I think they do cut them into 6ths, not 8ths, but I'm not positive), but how is the burger small or the fries small?

          Most people I know only get a half-order of fries - a full order is enough for two.

          As for the burger, it doesn't cost any more than a similar-sized burger at any coffee shop (and is better). Does it cost more than a fast-food joint? Yes, but a steak at the Palm costs more than a steak at The Pantry, too.

          Now I'm going to have to get a slice of pie tonight just to see if its 1/6 or 1/8. The sacrifices we all must make for the sake of accuracy!

          1. re: Jack Flash

            Pie & Burger is my favorite burger, but I think they charge too much also. But I still order them

            1. re: Jack Flash

              Hi... I strongly agree with you, Jack Flash. We ate at Pie & Burger last week, and in addition to the generous portions, here's the generous service we were pleased to be provided: a) instead of the two full orders of fries we initially requested, the waitress accomodated us with one and a half orders, split onto two plates; c) a separate plate was provided just for ketchup and condiments, without being requested; c) we wanted a slice of coconut cream pie, but were informed by the waitress that, alas, the whole pie in the case was baked by the cook to be sold whole. We settled for a very good slice of lemon meringue, then lo and behold the waitress brought us a free full slice of the cocunut cream pie, after consulting with the cook... These three examples of the diner's very simple yet accomodating willingness to please, offered good naturedly and with no begging or prodding on our part, is amazing to we who have forgotten what it is like to actually be valued by an establishment. For their offer of gratis dessert and thoughtful service, they've earned our fealty and return patronage. The food is good, but the decency seals the deal, for us :-)

            2. re: Wes

              Diners are inherently expensive compared to fast food places. They cannot take advantage of cost-cutting techniques like bulk purchasing and slavery.

              1. re: Wes

                Rather than using subjective terms to describe the worthiness of meat, how about quantifying it so we can decide for ourselves?

                So how much does the burger at P&B cost? And the pie?

                1. re: JB

                  I think the burger is somewhere around $7-8 - but it is large (and good). Fries are great (get them well done with a side of Thousand) and served in large portions as well. I never really pay attention to the prices, so cannot be accurate on the price of the pie (only had the lemon meringue which was very good). However, where else would you find a place that would take personal checks to pay for a burger and fries?? I love Pie N'Burger.

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    I do believe the burger there is $7.00 w/cheese and fixings. And they mix the root beer from syrup, which is swell and old timey.

              2. re: Kat

                Apple Pan is more burger joint than diner.

                1. re: Kat

                  The Original Pantry in downtown Los Angeles on Figueroa.

                  1. re: ipse dixit

                    Yes but remember that while the pantry serves up huge portions, the food is not very good. great atmosphere though, really old school. I really, really want to like it but I just can't.

                    Mr. Taster

                2. LeRoy's in Monrovia on Huntington Drive.

                  Joe's in Redondo Beach on PCH

                  1. Snug Harbor on Wilshire in Santa Monica.

                    Cindy's on Colorado in Eagle Rock.

                    1. rods grill in arcadia, goodys in san gabriel, thoweys in alhambra