For the next five days, Eater will be shining a light on the affordable, accessible, comfort food-focused restaurants of this city. That's right, it's Greasy Spoons Week on Eater. From now till the end of the day on Friday, we'll share guides, maps, photo galleries and oh so much more on diner classics.
But we can't do it all alone — we need your help. Do you have a favorite lunch counter or coffee shop in your neighborhood? Or do you have a special fondness for that ancient diner in The Valley? Please, share your recommendations for both greasy spoons and the dishes that they serve. Hit up the tipline, or drop your recommendations in the comments.
And, as a Greasy Spoons Week bonus, Eater asked five terrific high-end restaurants to reinterpret classic diner dishes. Here's a guide to the Greasy Spoons Week specials that are being served around Los Angeles this week. Try one, try them all:
Patina: Chef Charles Olalia is playing around with the classic appetizer of "pigs in a blanket." His version, which costs $14, involves a chicken lemongrass sausage baked in brioche with Tamworth bacon and miso butterscotch.
Melisse: Chef Josiah Citrin is serving his take on steak and eggs. Think a corned beef tongue hash with a fried egg and Australian black truffles. This dish comes as a supplement to the restaurant's 10-course tasting menu and costs $35.
Chi-Lin: Chef de cuisine Yujean Kang is doing up fried chicken. He's plating a scallion and ginger-marinated bird, which is coated in batter and deep fried until crisp. All for $24.
Valentino: Drawing inspiration from Italian-American staples, proprietor Piero Selvaggio is offering a tomato-basil bruschetta for $5 (two pieces) and fusilli with a tomato marinara and ricotta salata for $18.
Allumette: Chef Miles Thompson's vision for fish sticks and tarter sauce becomes pork trotter with apricot fennel compote, Angostura remoulade, and amaranth. Try it out for $11.