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Pacific Dining Car. How is it?

I'm venturing downtown tomorrow and considering paying a visit to the Pacific Dining Car. Havn't been in years. Anyone been recently? Opinions appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. What is it you are looking for?

    I like PDC as an inconspicuous meeting spot, with those nic deep, partially secluded booths. I also like it because I can basically get whatever I want on their menu 24/7.

    That said, it's not a food destination esp. in DTLA these days with new and interesting places popping up like zits on a teenager's face the night before the prom.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Our show gets out around 3 pm and I need a place that's open for dinner early. Drago Central doesn't serve until like 5:30. My wife likes prime rib and quiet booths....so PDC came to mind.

      1. re: Baron

        My wife likes prime rib and quiet booths....so PDC came to mind.
        _______________

        Well, there you go.

        Nothing makes food tastes good like a happy marriage.

        Enjoy the show.

    2. One of my favorite place for brunch. Great service, cool space, tasty food. Order their divine coffee, read a free paper, and look over the menu. My best recs are either the truffled eggs or the eggs benedict with hollandaise and marchan de vin sauce. Drooling...

      Also, you wouldn't be slumming if you got the STEAKANDEGGS. Make sure you get a big booth.

      1. I've had their prime rib - not great. Lawry's or The Palm are much, much better.

        I only go when I'm desperately hungry, too lazy to cook, usually drunk or hungover. In other words, mentally incapacitated to some degree. But when I have my wits about me, they'll take me to pretty much any place but the PDC. Good place to go to not been seen. So if you're hanging with someone you're ashamed to be seen with - PDC is a good place to play hide and eat.

        1. Tell us how you really feel. Maybe you're missing the point of the place.
          The Dining Car is pricey but the service and setting is gracious. The ingredients are high quality and well presented. Old fashioned, but a welcome occasional change.

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          1. re: martan

            In addition to what you said, it also meets the OP's requirements quite well.

          2. expensive.

            But given that you need an early dinner, it probably fits the bill perfectly. The food is consistently good, just surprisingly overpriced.

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            1. re: yogachik

              After seing Shen Yun dancers we had a yen for Chinese food so we headed out to Montery Park. But thanks for the feedback. Maybe next time.

              1. re: yogachik

                I think yogachik hits the nail on the head. Had brunch in SM yesterday. Comfortable both, excellent service and food was delicious.

                Perfectly cooked eggs and pancakes bursting with fresh blueberries.

                But cmon, $10 for oj and $7 for coffee probably explains why there were maybe 10-12 people in the restaurant on Sunday at noon.

                Wish I could understand their business model.

                1. re: bigredd

                  When there is a crew of servers, a chef, busboys, and line cooks ready on location, on standby, 24-7 (I'm talking the downtown location), somebody needs to get paid overtime. Or time and a half. Or double time.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    The SM location isn't open 24/7 ?????

                    1. re: kevin

                      For a moment I thought the SM location closed from 2am-6am, but I just checked - Like Downtown PDC, it's also open 24-7.

                      Makes my argument more valid, I suppose...

                      1. re: J.L.

                        The only time we go there is after a red eye flight. So, yes it is open 24/7.