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if you had to eat at the Original Pantry what would you eat?

It's looking like circxumstances may conspire to put me in the Original Pantry tomorrow morning (I'm staying a block away, I have to be somewhere without breakfast options (by USC) at 9 without a car etc. So if you were pushed like that into eating at the Pantry, what's decent? I know from experience it's not a great place, but what's tolerable? Thanks.

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  1. I like the Pantry. It's a greasy spoon and if you enjoy it at that level you'll be fine.

    I'd suggest the following:

    -Sourdough toast with coleslaw
    -Hasbrowns done well (nice and crispy)
    -Pancakes

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      A rare disagree with you ipse, but... I disagree with you on this. For me, The Pantry exemplifies the word "ick".

      1. re: ipsedixit

        You nailed it - the home fries are good too. Taters and slaw.

        The meat? Last few times I tried it - was worse than any meat I've ever had in my entire life!

        1. Ham & cheese omelette. My favorite version of this breakfast classic, in fact.

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          1. re: Jack Flash

            Agree...Combination omelette (ham & cheese) cooked easy, well done hash browns, grilled sourdough toast and salsa.

            1. re: monku

              The Pantry really cook a great egg scrambled easy. I don't know how many times I've had it overcooked at other places. Went two weeks ago for breakfast and got 6 perfectly cooked slices of bacon with my order.

          2. I choose to eat there! I like it a lot. Though I like a lot of their food, breakfast is definitely their strongest meal. I love any form of their eggs and usually just get 2 eggs with bacon and hash browns and toast. Be sure to get some of the salsa, which is usually made fresh by a fellow who works the counter. It is some of the best salsa in town.

            1. I haven't been for years but when I used to stop there, early before daybreak, I'd get the steak and fried potatos with sourdough toast and lousy coffee . Pretty darned tasty at that early hour and cool being served by aging, grumpy ex-cons!

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              Original Pantry Cafe
              877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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              1. re: sel

                I'd heard tha "ex-con" thing years ago when I first started going and wondered if it was true?

                1. re: monku

                  Don't really know but I believed it at the time! Maybe it was well sort of a predecessor to Homeboy Ind.