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Best Diners in Los Angeles

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Nickel Diner

Walking up to this diner, you can see it's anything but typical. The front windows display mannequin heads with interesting hairdos, scarves, and even bread hats. The food is also made to stand out. Interesting flavor combinations like the maple bacon donut and the peanut butter potato chip cupcake dominate the pastry menu. Breakfast and brunch items are plentiful, and range from sweet, like the homemade brioche french toast, to savory, like the tofu scramble. There are also delicious lunch and dinner dishes like the pulled pork sandwich, salads, and burgers. Stop by for reasonable prices and great people-watching.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Original Pantry Cafe

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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Fred 62

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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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101 Coffee Shop

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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Kitchen 24

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.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Hat

Famous for its pastrami, this fast food joint is a Los Angeles favorite with nine other locations. The Hat is a charming 1950's diner featuring kitschy decor and a simple, straight forward menu. Pastrami dip sandwiches, are of course, the highlight of the menu and served on a French roll with mustards and pickles. Burgers, cold sandwiches, hot dogs and sides like fries, onion rings, and potato salad round out the offerings. Call ahead to order and bypass the usual lines found here!

Alhambra, CA, United States
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Pann's

This is one of the most classic coffee shops around. The menu is large and the crowd is as diverse as it gets. The architecture of Pann's is classic 1950s, so the room is large with comfy-cozy booths and spacious tables. The large menu is as diverse as the crowd. Traditional diner staples such as burgers and sandwiches are mixed with more non-traditional items including exotic pizzas and Asian noodle dishes. Hearty breakfasts, succulent fried chicken and even some other classic soul food items are offered as well.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Dinah's family Restaurant

For all homesick people in town, Dinah's Family Restaurant provides homemade meals that comfort and relax the diner and give a slice of familiarity. The menu is traditional American and features finger-licking Fried Chicken that sells out fast. Addictive and spicy, the chicken is a delight for many and has quite a few takers. Another favorite is the Oven Baked Pancake for breakfast which will make one's taste-buds run riot. The cozy venue is a small diner where everyone is made to feel special. The staff is especially welcoming and helpful in attending to the needs. Though take away facility is provided, do not miss out on the opportunity to dine here and feel the ambience.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Apple Pan

This longtime hangout serves up comfort food that will put a smile on your face. The prices won't hurt your wallet, either. Deli-style sandwiches and burgers are the favorite items here. The crowd ranges from old-timers who've been coming here for years, to 16 year-olds out for the first time without mom and dad.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Cafe 50's

This place is like stepping back in time to when girls wore poodle skirts and guys wore leather jackets and greased their hair. The two-room establishment offers grilled sandwiches, chili, great hamburgers and the like. The walls are adorned with pictures of actors from the time period and each booth has an old-time jukebox. The shakes are thick and arrive, as they should, with a metal cup with just a bit extra for later. You can't miss a chance to experience the tasty nostalgia of Cafe 50's

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