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Dec 11, 2013 03:39 PM

LA Weekly "12 Best Diners in Los Angeles"

LA Weekly has a new best of list "12 Best Diners in LA" Pann's made number #6 and Dupar's comes in at #2 (and I have to scratch my head at that). and at #1 Nick's Coffee Shop & Deli. What do you think and what was left off?

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  1. Yumm…Nickel Diner #5

      1. re: wienermobile

        Wiener, or anyone else for that matter,

        Did the diner called Hollywood Hills Coffee Shoppe (it was in the exact location of 101 Coffee Shop more than a decade ago) resurface anywhere ?????

        1. re: kevin

          Found this hope it helps "In July of 2001, the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop moved out of the Best Western Motel and to a new free-standing location, about two miles east of the original spot. The new address was 1745 N. Vermont Ave., about two blocks south of Franklin. As of 2010, the restaurant has closed. Meanwhile, the diner in the motel was renamed "Cafe 101".

      2. Having been to #'s 12, 10, 9, 7, 6, 2 and 1 I'd also add Fred 62, Pepy's Galley, Ronnie's Diner, John O'Groats, Blue Star and Gaffey Street Diner to this list.

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        1. re: Servorg

          A big yes for John O' Groats. I'd also add Martha's 22nd St Grill in Hermosa and Uncle Bill's in Manhattan Beach.

          1. re: Servorg

            Is Blue Star still open ?

            And that reminds me no one has mentioned 410 Boyd St in years.

            1. re: kevin

              Yelp says they are open but their website is dead.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Usually when the website is dead that trumps Yelp. but who knows sometimes that just means the website is just not worth it for them to pay the costs of upkeep, etc.

              2. re: kevin

                You mean Cocola? I used to be there several times a week back then.

                I still used to go back often as the Boyd Street Grille [after Coca Cola sued them for the name] as nothing inside changed, same crowd … just the signage was different.

                But now, several iterations have gone by. Isn't it now the Escondite.

              3. re: Servorg

                it would appear there are no good diners in the san fernando valley.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Nat's has a second location in Canoga Park
                    8336 Topanga Canyon


                    1. re: SIMIHOUND

                      Enthusiastic +1 for Nat's West Cafe on Topanga Cyn. Blvd.

                    2. re: kevin

                      Nat's (Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks edition) calls to mind the great Sondheim lyric: "And perhaps a sticky bun!...Or four!"

                          1. re: Servorg

                            well, i know they exist, but does anyone rate them?

                            eat n park i haven't been to, but i thought the consensus was it's barf.
                            nat's early bite i haven't been to, but i think it's better regarded.
                            bob's i wouldn't consider a diner.
                            the coral cafe i've been to, and it's...o.k. maybe it's a coffee shop rather than a diner, if there is, indeed, a distinction.
                            the tallyrand is only o.k., except for their sourdough bread, which is outstanding.
                            harry's is...maybe o.k. minus.
                            frank's coffee shop is...minus.

                            1. re: linus

                              "the coral cafe i've been to, and it's...o.k. maybe it's a coffee shop rather than a diner, if there is, indeed, a distinction."

                              The CC gets a huge number of bonus points added to its score for being 24/7 (and for offering delivery too).

                              1. re: Servorg

                                i didnae know it was 24/7. thanks for info.

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Bonus Bonus point it's supposedly haunted

                                  1. re: johnnyshungry

                                    Details please? This may be start of another good thread? Plus, are ghost sightings appetizing?

                              2. re: Servorg

                                coral cafe, not to be confused with coral tree cafe, was pretty bad like a homey thought not as good version of a norm's.

                                1. re: mitchbart

                                  love eat, would not consider it a diner.

                                  1. re: linus

                                    This is the LA Weekly. Ignoring restaurants or anything in the San Fernando Valley is what they do best.
                                    This is the go-to paper for self-important Westside hipsters.

                                  2. re: Servorg

                                    Pepy's definitely Pepy's. I like Ronnie's a lot I just don't know if they crack the top 12.

                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Thank you for remembering Fred 62!! Two things that a True Diner really ought to have are an encyclopedic menu and 24/7 schedule; Fred's got both. And while I have never, ever been there before my normal bedtime, I have to say that everything I've had there, between bread or buns or on a plate, has been at least fully satisfactory.

                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                        and this eSs at Fred 62 ???????????

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          If Earl can eat the entire left side of the menu, it's a diner.

                                    2. Also would add Gardena Bowl coffee shop

                                      1. It's about time Nick's on Pico got some love.

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                                        1. re: lad1818

                                          Nick's on Pico does have an encyclopedic menu par excellence.

                                          And it might just ben the only cafe that is the closest approximation to a Jersey-diner perhaps.

                                          I like it. but the wait is another thing;

                                          1. re: lad1818

                                            re: nick's on pico
                                            used to work near there and ended up eating there regularly.
                                            one on the best things about leaving that job was that i didn't have to go to nick's anymore.

                                            completely forgettable food.
                                            cooks handling raw meat with their bare hands, wiping the hands off on the apron, and then handling the raw tomatos/lettuce--great way to cross contaminate.

                                            if the food was more inspired, the cross-contamination issures probably wouldn't have bothered me as much, but to take that kind of risk for mediocre food, seemed unwarranted to me/
                                            the main thing that nick's offered was friendly, homey, comfortable and comforting service.
                                            going into nick's was like going back in time and taking a little break from the rat race.
                                            it wasn't about the food at all.

                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                              that almost sounds like a favorable review due to the homeyness and genuinely friendly service.

                                              i keep trying it, hoping it will be better.

                                              i did like their huevos rancheros. but i hated their patty melt compared to Pann's, which is the piece de resistance of all pattie melts.

                                              the chocolate chip pancakes were good.

                                              the HN kosher salami scrambled with eggs sounds good as well as the chili size but alas i have tried neither just yet.

                                              and every time i go there, even though it's just me dining at the counter, it took more than an hour or so for a space to open. i didn't really understand what was going on.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                let me help you understand:
                                                nothing food-wise was going on.

                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                  Ok, got it.

                                                  I just thought that you still somewhat liked it bc the service and homeyness was so great.

                                                  That might be an interesting thread: places where the food stinks but the service is great, atmosphere is great, aura is great, etc.

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    the good service was not able to overcome the lousy food and the obviously poor food handling.
                                                    when that job ended, i was thrilled not to be spending money nor "calories" at the place.