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Feb 19, 2012 10:13 PM

Fun/weird / hole-in-the wall / hidden gem spots for brunch or lunch???

My mother is coming into town, and she loves a great culinary experience with "extra charm". One of our spots was Clifton's, but that's obviously on hiatus. *pout*

Any recommendations for a quirky, delish hole in the wall spots within the LA area??? I'm at a loss and I want to do something fun with her. I can only think of PDC, Taylor's Steakhouse or Olympic House of Breakfast...!

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  1. I'm not sure what side of town you're in....and I'm not sure I'd categorize it was weird...but there's a charming little French place with a fun patio in Santa Monica called Madame Chou Chou. Good food...charming French couple that runs atmosphere. Everyone I've taken there has loved it. I've only gone for lunch. Also love the patio at Cliff's Edge; it's kind of unusual with the giant tree in the middle. They have a new chef, and I hear the food is much better. They don't do lunch during the week; I believe just on weekends. And, though I haven't been, Inn of the Seventh Ray (I think that's the name) in Topanga used to be fun for out of town folks. Quite the California vibe.

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    1. re: perk

      A few weeks ago I went to S and W diner in culver city...I think it's on Washington Blvd. Small, kitchy, food was great! Only problem s there is usually acwait, and it's cash only. But if you can hande that, it was a cool, and yummy experience!

      1. re: perk

        I second the recommendations of Inn of The Seventh Ray and Cliffs Edge.

      2. Papa Cristo's for Greek and Langer's Deli (closed Sundays) for the best pastrami on earth, both near downtown. And of course the Original Farmer's Market open everyday on 3rd and Fairfax for a taste of LA.

        Papa Cristos
        2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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

        Farmers Market
        6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. I nominate Pann's. United Nations clientele, fantastic "googie" architecture and classic rock and roll at a low enough decibel level that you can still hear it while being able to converse normally, along with wonderful chicken wings (with waffles or mashed potatoes) and a patty melt that will ruin you for other patty melts (such a juicy patty that it haunts my dreams) along with some great biscuits and if you go for breakfast and the corned beef hash is available (normally only as a special on some weekends) I would have to order it.

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          1. re: Servorg

            +1 for Pann's 3/4 pound patty melt. So good.

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

          2. You might consider Nick's Cafe, a quirky breakfast shack set off by itself, just north of Chinatown.

            Or Philippe's, of course, if she hasn't been yet.

            1. Or...if you're up for a ride south, Gaffey Street Diner might be a good call.


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              1. re: wutzizname

                I like the food at Gaffey Street Diner but the room has little to zero charm...