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silverlakebodhisattva Oct 25, 2011 12:45 PM

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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    tnsquire Nov 8, 2011 11:51 PM

    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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      silverlakebodhisattva Nov 15, 2011 07:53 AM

      'tis "PDC".

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        Servorg Nov 15, 2011 07:58 AM

        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

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          westsidegal Nov 15, 2011 08:59 PM

          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

    2. scurvy Nov 8, 2011 04:03 PM

      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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        Ernie Nov 9, 2011 07:59 AM

        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

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        d_doubleyew Oct 25, 2011 09:49 PM

        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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          silverlakebodhisattva Nov 8, 2011 02:24 PM

          Anyone else got anything else?

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            Servorg Nov 8, 2011 02:27 PM

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

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

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          d_doubleyew Oct 25, 2011 09:43 PM

          Homegirl Cafe opens at 7 am.

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          Homegirl Cafe
          130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            silverlakebodhisattva Oct 26, 2011 10:10 PM

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

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              Servorg Oct 27, 2011 04:32 AM

              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

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            MahiMahiFish Oct 25, 2011 08:32 PM

            Urth Caffe

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              JonU Oct 25, 2011 08:28 PM

              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. wienermobile Oct 25, 2011 04:46 PM

                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. J.L. Oct 25, 2011 04:29 PM

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

                  Great island-style brekkies. Casual.

                  1. Servorg Oct 25, 2011 12:50 PM

                    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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                      Servorg Oct 25, 2011 12:56 PM

                      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

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                        Servorg Oct 25, 2011 01:00 PM

                        My last suggestion: Farmer Boys:

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

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                          silverlakebodhisattva Oct 25, 2011 01:16 PM

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

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                          silverlakebodhisattva Oct 25, 2011 01:17 PM

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

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                            Servorg Oct 25, 2011 01:20 PM

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

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                              silverlakebodhisattva Oct 25, 2011 02:00 PM

                              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...

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                                soniabegonia Nov 9, 2011 09:57 AM

                                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

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                                  Servorg Nov 9, 2011 10:04 AM

                                  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...

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                              cls Nov 9, 2011 06:31 AM

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

                              LOL, Local...

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