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Oct 20, 2012 09:28 PM

Comfort foods

Looking for places with good comfort food

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  1. Pann's

    The Hat

    Original Pancake House

    Sam Woo (Alhambra)


    Ho Ho Kitchen




    Mother Dough


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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Really good list. I would also add Brent's, Langer's, Plan Check , Uncle Biil's and the soon to reopen Clifton's Cafeteria.

          1. re: wienermobile

            +1 for Plan Check & Uncle Bill's.

            I also find Phillippe's & El Tepeyac's food comforting..... ;-))

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Had a patty melt at Pann's last night (in fact my wife had one too). I get fries with mine and my wife gets onion rings with hers and then we swap some, so each of ends up with half and half. I also had a brownie shake. If you looked in the encyclopedia under the term "comfort food" you'd find a photo of Pann's patty melt. And they were doing pretty good business last night. Good to see them thriving.

            1. re: Servorg

              A bit Zocor with your coffee this morning, perhaps? :-)

              1. re: ipsedixit

                My LDL can beat up your LDL! ;-D>

              2. re: Servorg

                I don't think I hit the gym nearly enough to take on a Pann's patty melt anymore, darn it. I did however have an extremely tasty, much smaller one (1/3 lb.) at Twohey's the other day. I would add that place to the list for anyone around the upper west end of the SGV, and perhaps its neighbor on Huntington about a half-mile east, Colonial Kitchen. Strange in a way that such a posh suburb as San Marino should have two, but then it's got a lot of retirees who can afford to eat out frequently. I go there to feel young …

                1. re: Will Owen

                  Twohey's is a great addition to the list. I grew up on the Stinko Burger and one of their Vanilla Milkshakes.

                  In the same vein, although not nearly as good, I would also add Bob's Big Boy to the list. The Big Boy Combo, finished off with one of their cheesecakes topped with totally fake red syrup and mostly out-of-season strawberries was a reward every time my report card justified it.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Exact-a-mente, brother. If Pann's didn't have a detractor or two we'd never get seated! Okay, now I really do have to find some excuse to get down there … it's been too damn long.

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Just had Pann's fresh roasted turkey dinner and it's wonderful.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          I've had both hits and misses, from recs on CH. Pann's had it's supporters and detractors. But I was looking for a place that served up a better than passable turkey dinner. So I gave it a try this past summer. Wanted the roasted turkey, but they were out of turkey gravy. So I got it with chicken fried steak gravy. Mashed potatoes, stuffing. Very, very happy with the meal. Look forward to going back.

                1. re: Thor123

                  I agree with Thor123. Brentwood has great comfort food: Chicken pot pie, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, roast chicken, fried chicken, chicken chili and the ultimate in comfort food-- spaghetti and meatballs. I also love that everything is available for takeout.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Agree. Brentwood is upscale comfort food done. Not cheap, but very well done.

                2. If I could only eat in one restaurant the rest of my life it would be Rae's on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. Eggs & toast, hamburger, chicken salad sandwich, hot beef sandwich, secret bakery chocolate cake :)

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                  1. re: Kate is always hungry

                    Always wondered about that place....then thought I read on this board somewhere that is was dreadful...hmmmm

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      It's just a little coffee shop with old orange vinyl seating. Haven't been there on Sunday morning for a while but people lined up to get in for Sunday breakfast. Still my favorite place for diner food.

                      1. re: Kate is always hungry

                        Rae's is a greasy spoon.. Not a place I would recommend. I never understand why people line up for greasy, basic food. I can understand the line at John O'
                        Groats. I just don't get the love for Rae's.

                        1. re: maudies5

                          I live across the street from Jinky's in Sherman Oaks. I ate there when they first opened and wasn't impressed. Never went back. They are usually packed for Sunday brunch. I don't see what people see there. I ate at John O'Groats years ago when they opened on Pico. Hardly recall what I had. I guess it's really a matter of personal taste. ???

                        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Love Rae's for breakfast: eggs with a grilled jalapeno. It's a Santa Monica institution, sort of like Cora's was before it went upscale.

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            rae's needs a good steam cleaning and menu upgrade..the food is not health friendly in any way..the feel of the place is just "tired"..but..for that "homecooked" feel of "breakfast" this is your place..

                          2. re: Kate is always hungry

                            Rae's?! Really?

                            IMHO it's just average coffee shop food.

                            1. re: foodiemahoodie

                              Yeah, it's like Jan's on Beverly.

                              I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why there's a wait most of the time to eat average/below average food. The price is definately right but....

                              1. re: latindancer

                                A lot of people are just lazy, or don't know how to cook.

                          3. Phillipe's
                            Musso & Frank
                            Mi India Bonita
                            Steak & Stein
                            Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil

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                            1. re: Ernie

                              +1 on Jongewaard's Bake 'n' Broil.

                              I would add another Long Beach area place called the Heritage, on Carson (near Paramount). Big servings of subtly-elevated comfort food in classic diner surroundings.