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Business breakfast downtown: new possibilities?

I still belong to the same networking group which calls upon me to have a business breakfast with two other members at least once a month. So, are there new GOOD places downtown?

Here's what I know so far:

PDC: Good, but PRICEY,...

Pantry: crowded, noisy, it is what it is...same for Philipe's; neither conducive to much conversation below a yell..

The hotels: generally quiet (except for the Standard), but painfully overpriced...

Nickel Diner: guess it depends on what biz you think I'm in....

The chains (IHOP, Denny's) too depressing; if we at least had a NORM's, or Copper Penny, fer cryin' out loud....

Daily Grill: Doesn't do breakfast anymore.

Botegga Louie: SLOW service, and even at breakfast, mind-bogglingly loud...

So what else is around?

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

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  1. You might enjoy Cafe Nine. Definitely a "Hidden Los Angeles" spot.

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    Cafe Nine
    453 S Spring St Ste 900, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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    1. re: Servorg

      What about Philippe the Original? See breakfast menu here: http://www.philippes.com/breakfast/

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      Philippe the Original
      1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. re: Servorg

        My last suggestion: Farmer Boys:

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        Farmer Boys
        726 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        1. re: Servorg

          see the line referencing Pantry, above; I like their food, but their ambiance does not scream "business breakfast"....

        2. re: Servorg

          Looks tasty, but they don't start til 8:30. Outside of Silverlake, who the heck STARTS serving breakfast at 8:30?

          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            Farmer Boys makes up for them by serving 24/7/365

            1. re: Servorg

              as does the Pantry. I'm old enough that I still remember Vickman's as a go-to breakfast place; IIRC they were open 2 am to 2 pm....

              ...and while I think Huyge ("Hyge"? "Hyuge"?) (That Danish place!) has great baked goods, they really don't have much of anywhere to sit and eat...

              1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                Hygge is what you're thinking of.

                Yorkshire Deli? Probably not a vast improvement over the Pantry in terms of ambience but at least a change of scenery.

                Engine Co. opens at 7:30

                1. re: soniabegonia

                  Sonia, I had no idea that Engine Co. 28 was open for breakfast during the week. Thanks for the info. Here is their breakfast menu: http://www.engineco.com/menu/breakfas...

            2. re: silverlakebodhisattva

              "Outside of Silverlake, who the heck STARTS serving breakfast at 8:30?"

              LOL, Local...

          2. Aloha Cafe, in Little Tokyo. Corner of 2nd & Central.

            Great island-style brekkies. Casual.

            1. Langer's! #80 - CORNED BEEF or PASTRAMI Pancake Style Includes Home Fried Potatoes and Choice of Toast.

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              Langer's Delicatessen
              704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

              1. I was going to say Tiara Cafe but they only serve breakfast on the weekends.

                So, how about Pete's Cafe?

                Or, Gram and Papa's?

                1. Urth Caffe

                  1. Homegirl Cafe opens at 7 am.

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                    Homegirl Cafe
                    130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                    1. re: d_doubleyew

                      Except where it says they open at 8.....

                      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                        I corrected the website link which wasn't working and changed the hours in the CH database box to reflect their website, which says that Homegirl Cafe opens at 7 AM Monday through Friday and 9 AM on Saturdays.

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                        Homegirl Cafe
                        130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    2. Arda's Cafe downtown is another option -- they open at 6:30 am:

                      http://www.ardascafe.com/Ardas_Cafe/B...

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                      Arda's Cafe
                      418 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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                      1. re: d_doubleyew

                        Anyone else got anything else?

                        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                          Uncle John's http://www.ujcafe.com/

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                          Uncle John's Cafe
                          834 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                      2. The Cafe at the Colburn School is quite decent for eggs and breakfast burritos and is run by the Patina group. It's quiet and spacious and open for breakfast Tues, Fri and Sat at 7. They have Peet's coffee.

                        I like to go there and pretend I'm on the set for Fame. I'm always secretly urging the kids to break into a raucous number around the tables.

                        It's a bit tricky to learn much info about it online, but here's a link to their lunch menu that also includes contact info: http://www.colburnschool.edu/uploaded...

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                        1. re: scurvy

                          Actually the Cafe at Colburn is run by Eurest, not Patina. I go to the Cafe for lunch sometimes and enjoy the quiet space, food is OK

                        2. not sure if its in the price range ,but how about pacific dining car ? a bit more classy than the pantry.

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                          1. re: tnsquire

                            'tis "PDC".

                            1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                              I keep wondering what you meant by your comment regarding breakfast at the Nickel Diner? I really like their food. What business would one necessarily thought to be in to be eating breakfast there?

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

                              1. re: Servorg

                                i very much enjoyed the food at the Nickel Diner the times i went there.
                                on both occasions i was brought there by lawyers.
                                proximity to the courthouse, makes it very convenient for them. . . .

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