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Aug 12, 2014 01:25 PM

A Good Diner

Been living in LA for 6 months. I've enjoyed tons of great eats in many different places, but I've yet to find a diner. I've tried the 101 Cafe (which is amazing), but I'd like to find another great diner, any suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. Nickel Diner! Known for their Bacon Glazed Donut. They also have great coffee and Hangover (heh) Breakfast Special.

  2. Pann's (5 minutes from LAX) Great patty melts, shakes, Fried Chicken, Turkey dinner and more….ask for Penny

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    Depending on your location:

    Pann's (on La Tijera near LAX) - mentioned by a few others.
    Nick's (Pico & La Cienega) - Gets very crowded on weekend.
    DuPar's (3rd & Fairfax at the Farmer's Market; Ventura & La Cienega)
    Swingers (Beverly & Crescent Heights)

  4. Nat's West Cafe, 8336 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Canoga Park - 1 block north of Roscoe. My go-to there is the "early bird" breakfast, served opening until 11 a.m.: 2 eggs, hash browns or home fries, 2 bacon, toast or a house-made muffin, $7.95, including coffee. I always order it with one of their excellent house-made cinnamon rolls. Also house-made are the spicy turkey sausage, green salsa, and 2 kinds of jam. Pretty much (if not exactly) the same menu as at Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop on Burbank Blvd. in Van Nuys, but IMO the guy who cooks the eggs at Nat's West has a slightly better touch, and I find the room more attractive and the seating more comfortable.

  5. We're not a big diner town.... If you want a true diner like on the east coast, you will need to go out of LA City proper...


    What do consider a "diner?" You mentioned the 101 Cafe, which most locals probably think of as a "coffee shop." A place with a counter as well as tables; varied menu of American classics; and breakfast available at all opening hours.

    If you're talking about the stainless steel type, we don't have any of those around here.


    Is Pie 'n Burger in Pasadena still around? That might work.

    Fred 62 in Los Feliz also has a diner-ish feel and has a super-extensive menu.

    BTW, do they keep on upgrading the site? It's so damn confusing!!!


    forgot the question, but I want one of those donuts right now


    My favorite is S & W Country Diner, on the south side of Washington shortly before it intersects with Culver in east Culver City. They know how to cook eggs to order and do crispy hash browns. Pancakes very good. "Build-a-Breakfast" combos very big and a good value, even with the fairly recent buck price hike. Cash only. A bit of a wait on weekend mornings after 9.


    Are you looking for recommendations in a particular area? I love Ed's on Robertson, between Beverly and Melrose.



    Neither is really truly a diner though.

    That should get you started.

    Nuff said.

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