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...Pann's! Unbelievably good...Out of this world good. Huge chunks of delicious, melt in your mouth corned beef and potatoes fried up with that wonderful crusty char...and all made in house...along with 2 beautifully prepared eggs over easy (yolks done runny and whites set) and fried tomatoes with a Pann's biscuit. Man did I roll out of there a happy man just 25 minutes ago. Plus we had Penny as our waitress and that always makes my day go better.

I can't really defend the fact that I've never tried their corned beef hash before, but now that I have it's going to be a toss up between the patty melt and the CBH. Penny did mention that they didn't always offer it at night, but now they are doing it all the time. She also made my day by bringing some of their "house made" orange marmalade for my biscuit. Nirvana...Bliss...Joy

My wife had her usual 6 wings and waffle combo. All in all, another Pann-tastic dinner experience at the Googie Palace. I love Pann's!

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Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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  1. Agreed! I'm a huge fan of corned beef hash and eggs and Pann's is some of the best. In that same category of breakfast eats, I'm also a fan of scrapple... any luck in finding good scrapple locally?

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    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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    1. re: mrshankly

      That scrapple question does get asked once and again over the years here. I don't think we've ever had a real "aha discovery" recommendation for it that I can recall. I've linked some of the old threads in the past, but nothing really jumps out at me in terms of someone saying "this is the place for scrapple."

      Where else do you love the CBH by the way? I hate to think I'm missing out on some nirvanic versions at places that I eat at, or even live close to, but haven't pulled the trigger on it there.

      1. re: Servorg

        I've yet to find a CBH locally that I loved except for Pann's. My criticism is usually like yours about Brent's that they're either too lean or not enough heartiness with potatoes and flavor. I remember Langer's used to make a good CBH but I haven't tried them lately and their flagship offerings (pastrami, etc) have been hit and miss so I don't expect an extraordinary CBH. If you're traveling up north, Bette's Diner in Berkeley has outstanding CBH and scrapple along with some of the best pancakes anywhere... that is, if you have room to eat after indulging in Top Dog and the Cheeseboard.

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        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        1. re: mrshankly

          I'll have to try Langer's CBH one of these days (it's just so difficult going against the pastrami sandwich). Just as a gauge of excellent CBH I agree on Bette's (have had several times when up that way) and my all time favorite is the one that they serve (and hopefully still do) at the Heathman Hotel restaurant in Portland Oregon.

          I've had the SW Diner in Culver City house made version, and while it's not bad it didn't ignite my jets. I liked the one I had recently at the Kettle in Manhattan Beach (again not bad but not scintillating).

          1. re: Servorg

            I just may have to book a trip to Portland:) Thanks!!

            1. re: Servorg

              I think I'd rather get the canned CBH option at S&W. Their homemade is almost as weird as their biscuits. I mean, CARROT??

              1. re: Will Owen

                S&W is idiosyncratic, but I think their "build a breakfast" is the best deal in town. They do eggs as ordered, their pancakes are very good, and I do usually order the CBH. I agree with you, though maybe not for the same reason -- they either won't or can't get the homemade CBH as crispy as I like, but that isn't a problem with the canned. Best is to go with someone so you can split the pancakes and share the hashbrowns and toast.

                1. re: nosh

                  I really love these guys; their food is good, but not as good as they think it is, and that's too bad. I wish to hell I lived close enough to be a regular customer and maybe try to lean on them a bit. I'd also need to team up with someone who eats pancakes, since I pretty much gave those up 40 years ago.

        2. re: mrshankly

          Scrapple is hard to find even outside of certain regions of Pennsylvania.

          I'm from New Jersey and although I remember seeing it occasionally on diner menus, it was not a fixture the way it is in PA. So if it's tricky to find in NJ, I'd wager it's all but impossible in CA.

          Mr Taster

        3. Good to know. I've had some very bad corned beef hash lately (late night/early morning at Izzy's - ugh. Yeah, I know, but they're open late and I was famished and weak) - and this one sounds like it excels where that did not - should have a nice crispy crunch (which was MIA at Izzy's). I had a decent version at a brunch at Kate Mantilini, but still didn't nail the sweet spot (but much better than Izzy's which was kinda gross. Even their home frieds lack any kind of crisp and only browned in a handful of spots. )

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          Kate Mantilini Restaurants
          9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Izzy's Cafe
          19304 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA 91335

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          1. re: foodiemahoodie

            The very last (hopefully) time I ate at Izzy's some 3 or 4 years ago I had the CBH. Forgettable in a "open up a can and feed it to the dogs" sort of way. I left vowing never to return. So far, so good (and this from someone who cherishes the few 24/7 places that L.A. sports where you can get breakfast any day at anytime).

          2. My two favorites corned beef hash dishes are at Brent's in Northridge, nice and cruchy with just a little bit of potatoes, and The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach. There is also a nice duck hash at the Zengo weekend brunch in Santa Monica.

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            Brent's Deli
            19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

            Zengo
            395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Original Pancake House
            1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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            1. re: wienermobile

              Brent's seemed great to me as I first started eating it, but two things worked against it finally. Too lean corned beef and too little potatoes to cut some of that leaness, and a bit too finely chopped corned beef (okay - so 3 three things). Even after I mixed up my eggs in it and put on some hot sauce and a bit of ketchup it was just too dry &.too much of a meat thing. I am still planning on getting to Zengo for the brunch.

              Have you tried the CBH at Pann's, wm?

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              Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
              6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

              Zengo
              395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              1. re: Servorg

                Have not tried Pann's hash yet but I love their patty melt.

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                Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                1. re: wienermobile

                  "...but I love their patty melt."

                  Which is why I paid homage to it in my post that started this thread...I was just excited to find another item that I could love as much as the PM, and now I have.

              2. re: wienermobile

                Oh gosh, that duck hash was wonderful, just great, and I am not a huge fan of homemade types of hash, we actually enjoy the canned stuff, though I do cook it in patties, and brown them really, really well since we enjoy the crispy crunchy bits also. The only homemade version of CBH I really loved was at the Four Seasons in NYC, but I would've loved an old shoe in that suite.

                Anyway, wiener, I know you've talked up that place in Redondo a lot, so next weekend I am determined to try the Original Pancake House. Any tips on fighting the crowds? Can we reserve a table? Do we have to go wicked early? And is it street parking only or is there a lot? TIA!

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Not long of a wait before 10am and then it starts to grow sometimes as long as an hour, You can not reserve a table, it's first come first serve. They do have a parking lot behind. My favorites are the 49er flapjacks (very thin and chewy and my favorite in all of LA), their giant apple pancake, the hash, the omelets (they bake them so they rise about 2 inches) and the pecan waffle. Enjoy.
                  http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/

                  and if you can't make it they will be part of J. Gold's Pancake Breakfast on Aug 28th.
                  http://www.laweekly.com/microsites/pa...

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                  Original Pancake House
                  1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

              3. Thanks for the write up. I've never even noticed the CBH on the menu before. We usually go to Pann's when my wife has the cravings for a fried chicken dinner. I like eating breakfast for dinner sometimes but have a hard time not getting some chicken.

                Maybe next trip, CBH with a side order of four chicken wings.

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                Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                1. Yet another reason for me to make a way overdue trip to Pann's. My local CBH standard is the very flavorful version at DuPar's (Take note: At Farmers Market, portions are consistently more generous on the swing shift) and, within the hash family, the killer roast beef cousin at Pacific Dining Car which gets bonus points for doing proper basted eggs.

                  1. Also a good version of hash at Uncle Bill's Pancakes in Manhattan Beach.

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                    Uncle Bill's Pancake House
                    1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Ok, now I'm confused. Which is it, Uncle Bill's or Original Pancake House?? I can't recall which one now that sounded really good.......can you elaborate on both for me please? Or if too off topic, feel free to email me off line. I really would like to take the fam out for breakfast at one of these places. Thanks, again!

                      1. re: Phurstluv

                        Nothing off topic about discussing local restaurants, plus everyone here can benefit from the knowledge. So please, do all the discussion of Uncle Bill's and the OPH here. I want to read along!

                        1. re: Servorg

                          You da Man, SO!!

                          1. re: Servorg

                            If you haven't had OPH's CBH, then it's definitely worth a try. I used to go to OPH regularly before I moved up to LA. The CBH was always a fave. I'd always be torn between sticking with the standard side of potato pancakes or substituting the blueberry pancakes which I absolutely adored. And if I was feeling particularly decadent, I'd get a side order of the thick sliced bacon even if I did get the CBH.

                            I've only been to the Redondo Beach once and it seemed up to par. Wish it was closer, way too tough to get there early enough on a weekend to beat the crowds. No way I can do it on a weekday.

                          2. re: Phurstluv

                            At Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach the long wait on weekends begins early. No parking except on the street so use the underground metered Metlox parking lot two blocks away. Very causal Hometown diner kind of place, first come first served, 1/2 the table are out side with oceanview patio, I love their cheddar bacon waffle but westsidegal loves their cheddar bacon french toast. So try both and tell us who's right.

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                            Uncle Bill's Pancake House
                            1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Thanks very much, my Friend!! Will let you know when we make it down there!!

                        2. Although I've never had it, I understand that the Original Pantry makes a superb CBH. Can anyone confirm or refute?

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

                          1. Sounds like great corned beef hash. Is it served everyday? Didn't see it listed on the online menu. Thanks

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                            1. re: curiousgeo

                              Penny said that they have had it, but not all the time and especially not all the time at night. So, since I've somehow overlooked it (but since we normally go at dinner time that may not be totally a surprise) I don't really know the situation as far it being on the menu online or even on their menu in house. Penny told me about it when we sat down and I said "Let's do it" and glad I did.

                            2. Even thought it's not in the LA area, if you ever get up to Santa Barbara, you need to go to Mesa Cafe ( 1972 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA) and try their CBH: outstanding! Excellent ratio of corned beef to hash. The consistency is chunky/rough chopped as opposed to the cat food consistency most places serve up. I do believe they corn their own beef in-house. The best way to order this IMHO is eggs over easy, w/ hash browns crispy, side of cornbread with honey.

                              1. Yep, real cooking going on at this landmark. The biscuits at Pann's are exceptional, too. Well worth side-ordering them a la carte if they don't come with your meal.

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                                Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                1. re: Riccardo

                                  I'm glad to know their breakfast items AND the biscuits are now available anytime; they apparently used to bake just so many biscuits in the morning and run out before noon. I do look forward to trying their hash. Sounds a little like the stuff I got at Linn's in Cambria a few weeks ago, which also sounds like what Forest44 had in SB.

                                  My mom used to make baked CBH and eggs for supper, which we'd always have with spinach. All canned, of course, except for the eggs. I liked that very much.

                                2. Just one note: On Monday, I brought few co-workers to Pann's for a departing breakfast before their noon-ish flight. After seeing several copies of Thi's digest of this post in their window, I sat down and ordered the CBH, but was denied. It's mostly a weekend thing the waiter said when he came back from checking with the kitchen. I did note it was not on the regular menu handed to me.

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                                  Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                  6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                    Maybe that explains why Penny said they are serving it at night now, but meant the weekend nights. We almost always go Saturday night (once in a great while we go on Friday night). Sorry for the confusion Matt. Thanks for the clarification.

                                  2. Went to Pann's. No corned beef hash on menu. No special. Maybe the poster lucked out. We didn't.

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                                    Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                    6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      It turned out that for CBH they are doing it only on the weekends, (weekend nights included now). I had gotten the wrong impression from what Penny had told me. Sorry you didn't see the post just above yours as to that issue...

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        I was at Pann's tonight (Friday night) and when Penny came by to say "Hi!" I asked if they were going to have the corned beef hash this weekend. She told me she wouldn't know until Saturday so I guess it's not an automatic on the weekends. I guess the best plan is to call and ask. Not to highjack this thread but I got the fried chicken wings and waffle. Ken who served me brought it out with the regular syrup and in addition some blueberry syrup they are "trying out." Normally I don't use blueberry syrup, but my curiosity was piqued. Lightly sweet with noticeable blueberries. I'd be interested in the opinions of blueberry syrup lovers. I'd probably resort to my regular syrup most of the time, but I thought the blueberry syrup was pretty nice.

                                        1. re: Feed_me

                                          I forgot to mention that Penny also brought out some of the blueberry syrup with the house made orange marmalade (maybe they are both new offerings since I haven't seen either before?). As a topping for my biscuit I thought it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. But now thinking of it to top the waffles or pancakes it makes a lot more sense.

                                          Also thanks for the heads up on the CBH availability. Really I was in such nirvana eating it I did a really bad job of houndly sleuthing about when they were offering it. Mea culpa...

                                    2. I did a short "second" review of Pann's CBH and eggs from my breakfast this morning and it can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7937...