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This is the kind of place your grandparents loved—and probably still visit. Owned by ex-Mayor Richard Riordan, The Original Pantry Cafe is open 24-hrs. and has not closed since 1924. Breakfast, lunch or dinner will more than fill your tank for a very reasonable charge. For breakfast, all the classic dishes are available while lunch and dinner provide burgers, sandwiches and some juicy steaks. The eclectic crowd varies from working-class regulars to hipsters and everyone in between.
Open 24 hours, carnivores flocking to this meat Mecca for huge steaks will receive only the finest cuts available. The crowd is eclectic, as every generation has its meat lovers. The portions are so huge that no matter what time you chow down, you might need a nap to recover from all the artery-clogging delicacies. This is a great choice for dining before or after an event at the nearby Staples Center. The restaurant even offers a free shuttle service to and from your event.
When you think of dining in Los Angeles, an image of a posh, dim and expensive restaurant might come to mind. However, like any major city, LA has a number of different sides to it and that extends to dining options. If you're looking for a little comfort food in a casual setting, check out Fred 62 in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. The kitschy diner offers a large variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and attracts hipster patrons. Most of the breakfast items are must-tries, especially the Fred McMurray and the Dime Bag; don't be put off by the interesting names. There is also a good variety of options for kids as well as a beer and wine menu.
Take your taste buds on a Thai trip, at this humble restaurant, located at Hollywood Boulevard. Situated in the Los Feliz neighborhood, it remains to be a favorite among the locals of this area. Simple and unpretentious decor adorn the interiors, while giving it a typical diner-style ambiance. However, it is not the service, ambiance of hospitality, that customers keep coming back for. It is the lip-smacking food and authentic flavors that keeps pulling them, time and again. Among their wide menu, the dishes like glassy noodle soup, spicy beef salad, BBQ pork over rice and seaweed soup are the crowd-pleasers. Don't forget to carry your cash, as they don't accept cards.
A trusty place of many years for lunch, dinner and late-night cheap eats; Torung has long won a local seal of approval. Despite its low prices, Torung is not a greasy-spoon fast food joint serving heaps of lackluster goop. The food here is tasty, zesty and authentic, and dished out in generous portions. Pad sew ewe, crab fried rice, chicken satay and papaya salad are some of the favorites. The atmosphere and the service are friendly and welcoming. Cash only.
The 101 Coffee Shop is a diner that has a genuine retro charm. 101 Coffee Shop boasts a strategic location on the stretch of Franklin Avenue, between the hectic 101 and the idyllic Beachwood Drive. Here, you can enjoy classic breakfast, grab a cup of coffee or settle to a sizable well-priced meal till wee hours. Unsurprisingly, the crowd here is laid-back while the vibe is obliviously casual, far removed from the frantic hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.
The only thing missing on Cahuenga Boulevard was a 24-hour diner to fuel the late-night party animals, until Kitchen 24 came along. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, in true American diner-style. An interesting piece of trivia about this restaurant is that they use water filtered in the reverse osmosis filtration system, which they claim lends a distinct pure and fresh taste to all preparations! Use of organic ingredients and a focus on healthy dishes are the specialties of this restaurant. A glance at the menu quickly reveals a lot of innovation in traditional items. Seating is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.
Since 1928, this L.A. standby has been offering 24-hour casual dining in the heart of the Fairfax district. You'll find the food here authentic and the people-watching amazing. Everyone from The Wallflowers to K.D. Lang and Madonna has stopped in to eat here. Favorites include the in-house pickled corned beef pastrami, the hot corned beef, the tender beef brisket and the many offerings from the in-house bakery. Next door is the Kibitz Room, where there's live music most nights. A full bar and decent wines work well with the food.
Since 1975, Carney's has satisfied LA's chili fries and burger cravings, delivering a pitch-perfect experience in this genuine, vintage yellow Amtrak train car from the 1920s, done up as a classic diner on the inside. And that is not all! They have a worthy lineup of hot dogs and polish sausages, much touted as some of the best in town, all at the lowest imaginable prices, especially given the joint's docking grounds - the east tip of the Sunset Strip. A private lot behind the car takes away the headache of parking at the Strip while the amiable, smiley service assures you that you have come to the right place. And if you already think the place is cheap and swell, try it during happy hour!
Opt for a seat in the pleasant outdoor patio of Gjelina to understand why locals love this eatery. Be it the plates of charcuterie, oysters or entrees, each dish on the menu is bursting with flavor, ready to be savored by hungry diners. The pleasant sun, lush greenery and fresh breeze at lunchtime add to the experience of relishing contemporary specialties. There is a fire pit too for warming up the cool nights. Do have a look at the comprehensive wine list to sample some interesting varieties.