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Jul 18, 2010 09:22 AM

late night eats in downtown LA

Hi All
My cousin will be arriving this evening and staying in a hotel downtown. Can you recommend a restaurant/lounge/bar in order to have a cocktail/some food etc. They will be arriving at 9pm. We are open to all cuisines. (They are arriving from nyc and are dying to try an in and out burger. I checked on their website and they do not seem to have one in the downtown area...)
Thank you in advance!!

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  1. The Nickel Diner is the type of place that scratches my late night itch. Closed only on Mondays and open until 11 PM all the other days.

    Nickel Diner
    524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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    1. re: Servorg

      Hi Servorg,

      Ooh, I had no idea. Do they still have their famous Donuts at 11 p.m. at night?

      (Scratch that, it'd be a recipe for disaster something that heavy late at night :)...

      1. re: exilekiss

        It's available, in theory, all day long.

        In reality, however, the problem is that they only make so many donuts (and other desserts) for the entire day. Once they run out, they run out.

        Sometimes they'll make extra batches for special events -- e.g. the Artwalk.

        (And, heck, something that heavy would "be a recipe for disaster" any time of the day. I mean, who wakes up and says, "Today, I'd like to start off my day with an artery clogging deep fried dough confection topped with bacon and slathered with maple syrup!"?)

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Well CarrieWas218 probably does--she would sell her soul and whore herself out for fried dough, see:

    2. There's an In & Out practically next to the airport.

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      1. re: monku

        No "practically" about it. Unless it was ON the runway (and the pilots could hit the "Taxi Thru" on the way back to the terminal) it couldn't be closer to LAX... ;-D>

        1. re: Servorg

          thank you! they will be taking a shuttle from the airport, so unfortunately the in and out near the airport is out. I will be meeting them at their hotel in downtown.

          1. re: italiana3

            If you do happen to end up at the Nickel Diner, and anyone has a sweet tooth in the group, they have some wonderful dessert choices. Take a look at their photo line up here: - and if that doesn't whet your appetite you can be sure that you don't have a sweet tooth gene!

            1. re: italiana3

              What you can't pick them up...on a Sunday night from downtown it's about 20 minutes to LAX using the carpool lanes.

              1. re: monku

                I know monku, unfortunately I have a little beetle convertible and my car will not hold the extra 3 people and all luggage :(

                1. re: italiana3

                  You're off the hook.
                  I got a similar problem next weekend....having dim sum with relatives before they leave for LAX and relatives coming into LAX at that time...they have to shuttle it in.

        2. Pete's Cafe (open until 2 am)

          Redwood Bar and Grill (open until 2 am)

          Royal Clayton's (midnight)

          Pacific Dining Car (all night)

          And, of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that old standby ... Pantry Cafe. The good thing about the place is that it never closes. The bad that about that place is that it never closes.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            glad I am off the hook ...thank you the way, what about china town (she mentioned that she loves dumplings) or olevera street (I know it is touristy...but hey, they are tourists!) or philippe's for the french dip?

            1. re: italiana3

              Things pretty much shutdown around 10 or 11 in at Olvera St.

              Philippes closes at 10 pm.

              Off the top of my head, JR Bistro and Master Chef are both open past 1 am in Chinatown.

              Master Chef Restaurant
              937 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          2. Lazy Ox Canteen, Wurstkuche or Bottega Louie.

            800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            Bottega Louie
            700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

            Lazy Ox Canteen
            241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            1. I would at least make a phone call or go to their website to see if they do hamburgers late at night. This is a top flight restaurant that is open 24 hours a day.

              Pacific Dining Car
              1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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              1. re: Hughlipton

                PDC does their full menu, including breakfast and their hamburger steak, 24 hrs./day. (I don't know about a burger on a bun, but you might try ordering in advance.) With the downtown branch, be sure to keep in mind that they usually close for a kitchen cleaning in the wee hours of the first Sunday of each month. I learned that lesson several years ago.