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Nov 8, 2011 04:28 PM


Is Pann's on La Tijera still well regarded?

Ate there several years ago and had the chicken fried steak, which I thought was OK...

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Agreed with wienermobile. Their chicken wings and biscuits are great comfort food as well... maybe not the best in town but certainly worth eating.

        1. re: mrshankly

          where is the best chick+biscuits?? :) thx

      2. One of the most overrated places in town that seems to get puffed up by a circle of the same few posters agreeing with one another.

        vaunted patty melt = soggy on bottom and unwieldy (even Norms much better)
        wings = plain, nothing special (Rosco's and many others much tastier)
        "best" corned beef hash = not on menu and the stuff of myth of only select insiders
        soups/veg = non-remarkable geriatric cafeteria fare
        "best" bisquits = sawdust dry

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        1. re: jessejames

          you are completely correct about the dishes you mentioned.
          may i add:
          waffle = no better than any of the frozen waffles available in any chain grocery
          milkshake = made with the lowest quality ice cream imaginable. icy consistency (couldn't tell if this was simply because they started with low quality ice cream or whether it was icy because the ice cream was not stored at a consistent proper temperature) and let's not overlook the strong disgusting aftertaste of artificial flavor. . . .
          grilled cheese = the lowest quality commercial orange cheese product on plain commercial white bread charred and served at room temperature after the molten cheese product had re-congealed..

          they'd have to pay ME to put any more of their so-called food in my mouth.
          i do love the architecture though. . . . .

          1. re: westsidegal

            Thanks! (for the warning) I was tempted to go there but a nagging voice said it's probably just another coffee shop.

            Since joining CH - I have to say I've been led astray far too many times. You really have to screen opinions carefully.

            1. re: foodiemahoodie

              it was just the food that was bad.
              the building was terrific to look at.
              just don't eat there. . ..

              1. re: westsidegal

                I'll just say that I completely disagree with your criticism of the food at Pann's that I like. To say that you agree with jessejames complaint about the patty melt (that it was "soggy") doesn't seem credible as you don't eat meat. The combination of the high quality meat (which is juicy and leads to the "soggy" complaint) and the cheese and onions and grilled rye produces the best patty melt I've had in Los Angeles at this point in my life. The split pea soup is another outstanding item, as are their wings and their fried half chicken dinner and fresh sauteed spinach.

                As I have posted elsewhere their corned beef hash is another "best of L.A." along with their biscuits (dry? I have never found them dry in the least) another "best of L.A." for me and a lot of other hounds. I've had several milk shakes over the years as well (I'm partial to their brownie milkshake) No disgusting aftertaste that I've ever detected and I'm someone that really notices aftertastes if they are actually there.

                Pann's is a family owned and operated business in the L.A. area that is both unique and historic. Started by one Greek American with a dream in 1958 it's been serving the community for over 50 years. The number of people who both enjoy it, and the geographic area it's in make for a cast right out of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Pann's employs and is enjoyed by a panorama of the ethnicities found in L.A. As I've noticed over the years they get at least 4 different cities police officers eating there along with a Catholic Cardinal, actors and Chowhounds.

                Even if one doesn't enjoy the type of food they turn out what purpose is served by attacking their offerings with such vehemence? If the lights go out at Pann's we will all have lost a vital part of the soul of Los Angeles.

                1. re: Servorg

                  i don't eat meat NOW, but i certainly DID eat meat for most of my life, and have eaten meat for most of the time I have lived in LA.
                  i was an enthusiastic meat-eater at the time i tried those dishes.
                  my memory is not gone yet. i need about 20 years, or so, from now, to forget the taste (actually, the texture was really even worse than the taste).

                  not only have i eaten meat most of my life, for a period of time my job was PREPARING/COOKING meat.

                  there are a ton of "family owned" restaurants in LA . i am unaware of any requirement that i must like them all.
                  as a matter of fact, in those meat-eating days, i used to practically drive right past Panns in order to get to John O'Groats, a family-owned restaurant that served food that i enjoyed eatiing. (I particularly remember their terrific smoked pork chop that they served with eggs and bisquits. Loved that place.)

                  re: your listing of the occupations and ethnicities of some of their customers, a similar listing could have been made about the occupations and ethnicities of the customers at the now, long-defunct, TGI Fridays in MDR, or the occupations and ethnicities of the people who dine at Yamashiro's even today. it doesn't mean their food was/is good,

                  the BUILDING is historic, imho, not the food.

                  the whole point of this board is for people to be able to express their own individual opinions about the FOOD: even mine.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    "there are a ton of "family owned" restaurants in LA . i am unaware of any requirement that i must like them all."

                    Nor is there any requirement that you excoriate them.

                    If you can find a better biscuit then please share it with me. For instance, I love the pancakes at John O'Groat's. But I find their biscuits to be extremely dry (evidenced by the fact that when I try and butter them - even before tasting them - they want to fall apart in little pieces).

                    Found a better (non gourmet) patty melt? Do tell. Better corned beef hash? Point me to it.

                    I don't love everything at Pann's. I had their chicken fried steak once and once was more than enough. But the country breakfast with biscuits smothered in white, sausage studded gravy AND sausage patties, plus potatoes with onions and green peppers sings a song of love as it bathes my taste buds in all it's glory.

                    And the whole at Pann's is much greater than the sum of any of its parts. Yes the architecture is wonderful. But the people, both customers and staff are part of its unique charm. The owner at the age of 91 + still standing in and greeting you. It is unique in a way that very, very few places can even hope to begin to measure up to.

                    Just as with any mom and pop establishment (for instance a place like Marisco's Chente/Coni on W Imperial Hwy) taking a slightly more judicious tone when offering up a negative opinion can only be a mitzvah as far as I see it.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      obviously, i am no longer going to be going out to evaluate patty melts.
                      my patty melt days are over now.

                      i wanted so much to like Panns because i loved the building and they are located so close to where i have lived during most of my LA years.
                      couldn't find a worthwhile dish in many visits.

                      obviously, not only did i feel the food was awful, i never did perceive any of the charm of the place that you clearly do perceive.

        2. CFK is great, biscuits & gravy and their Andouille sausage is the best!

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            yeah, love that spicy andouille sausage. I'm also a fan of their hamburger patty and eggs. those are the things I usually order there.

            Its hard enough finding biscuits and gravy in LA....not outstanding but it is kind of harder to find and for me its pretty convenient. I liked the wings, but not the waffle as much as roscoes (the Serving Spoon down the street does great wings as well).

            I think I'm more in love with the experience than the food. Its an interesting LA vibe in there, especially for breakfast.

            The Serving Spoon Restaurant
            1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

            1. re: Xericx

              26 Beach Restaurant does a great Wings & French Toast w/eggs on the weekend!

          2. This poster does not waste time agreeing with anyone, unless he truly does. The one time I had the wings they were damn near the size of KFC drumsticks, and totally juicy and good, very much unlike at least MY Roscoe's (Pasadena). The soups and veges are bland, but that's how the clientele likes them, and they are cooked from fresh. I get over that by ordering the sautéed spinach, yum yum. The cornbread and dinner rolls are pretty bad, but the biscuits are easily the best in a non-biscuity town, and if you find them dry, well, that's why butter was invented! And gravy as well.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Just a bit of side info. I got the chicken wing and waffle combo yesterday and besides the melted butter and syrup in the little plastic cups they also threw in some strawberry syrup they made in another little cup. Normally I'm a maple syrup guy, but I was intrigued and used it instead. Pretty good. Not too sweet and lots of fruity pulp. Not sure how often they have the strawberry syrup, but it was a nice change of pace.

              1. re: Feed_me

                Panns is what it is: A good place to eat on the way to or from LAX. Given that most airlines are no longer serving food, Panns is very appealing to one coming from a transcon flight. I see no other reason to make a special trip, unless one is in the neighborhood and hungry.

                1. re: maudies5

                  I have made special trips in years past, and if someone would stand me for a tank of gas I'd do it tomorrow. One of the things I liked most about my real-estate appraisal photo gig was how often my expeditions would take me somewhere around that Magic Triangle between, say, 11:00 and 1:00.

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    Another wonderful Saturday night patty melt at Pann's for me and 6 wings and waffle for my wife (w's gone wild - wings, waffle and wife). As good as a patty melt as can be found in LA, as I've rhapsodized about here before. Juicy, meaty with great flavor and cooked perfectly to my preferred medium rare. For any patty melt lovers out there who haven't experienced one at Pann's I heartily recommend you find the time to give it a try. You won't be sorry.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      How did your wife like the wings? Never tried Pann's wings. We go on occasion as my wife likes their food and the place is well run, clean, casual and comfortable.

                      1. re: Baron

                        It's what she gets every time we go. When we first began eating at Pann's a few years ago the wings were enormous in size. They've gotten smaller, but still very juicy and tasty. We probably eat here about once a month. And all the reasons you've listed keep drawing us back (not to mention the patty melt).