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Dec 27, 2012 06:48 PM

Is there a chowhound-ish reason to go to Dinah's over Panns?

I ask this because I sometimes drive past Dinah's (on Sepulveda) to get to Pann's. I think I was in Dinah's many eons ago (once). The only thing I see at Dinah's that gets some praise is the Dutch Baby pancakes. I'm used to the staff and know the menu at Pann's so it easy, but in case I'm missing something I'd love to know. Thanks!

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  1. I think alot of the "love" on these boards for Panns comes from their "Pattie Melt" which I do not believe Dinah's has.

    Plus, I think the food just sort of tastes better at Panns.

    1. When we first moved into the area a few years ago, we tried both places a few times. We now only go to Pann's and have to drive past Dinah's to go there.

      I think the food, quality, quantity and pricing is much better at Pann's. The service is warmer too. When it comes to the fried chicken, I think Pann's is the winner easily.

      1. the few items i tasted at pann's were awful.

        i used to be a regular at dinah's, but their food has seriously gone downhill the last few years.

        i'd suspect that the german pancake, though, is probably still good.

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Shrug you're the outlier. Plenty of people on this board like Pann's. You don't care for it, not everyone has to like the same thing.

        2. Isn't Dinah's known for their Fried Chicken?

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          1. re: fourunder

            Thanks for the feedback. I ate at Dinah's once probably 10 years ago or more. I believe I ate the fried chicken (but couldn't swear to it) and it was as I recall greasy and didn't seem all that fresh. Heat lamp fatigue. I'll keep an eye on the posts, but other than those specialty pancakes it doesn't appear Dinah's isn't worth stopping for. Ipsedixit, Isn't that hamburger steak the same hunk of meat that's in the pattie melt minus the mushrooms? It says 11oz. on the menu.

            1. re: fourunder

              It is actually broasted rather than fried and, if it was ever truly there, the renown is now based more on legend than fact.

              1. re: New Trial


                btw *broasted* is a trademarked name by a company that manufactured pressurized deep fryers that use's still fried chicken. It's only broasted if you use the proprietary equipment and paid the fee and royalties to advertise the fact..

            2. Only for the deep-dish pancakes. The apple is still great and I also like the banana-walnut.

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              1. re: New Trial

                used to love the apple pancake at Dina's....had it for the first time in a decade several months ago and it was disappointing Didn't live up to my food memory unfortunately