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The Googie Glory of Pann's Stands Tall in Inglewood After 56 Years

One of the best complete Googie diners in Los Angeles, just minutes from LAX.

Wonho Frank Lee
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Classics Week Mini LogoWelcome to Googie A Day, a Classics Week series that chronicles some of the most beautiful diners in Los Angeles that maintain the futuristic (at the time) ethos of Googie. Think the Theme Building at LAX, basically a mesh of the Jetson's and Pulp Fiction. Diners are LA's timeless restaurant style, one that continues to go strong despite an increasing emphasis toward either healthy or seasonal cooking. Here now, Pann's in Inglewood.

If you've ever had a hankering for a good meal before or after flying out of LAX, there's two solid mid-century diners to check out. There's the expansive Dinah's Family Restaurant along Sepulveda that's always packed with hungry diners looking for a taste of that famous fried chicken. But those looking for an even better old-time coffee shop experience can drive down La Tijera toward Pann's, famous for one of the best neon signs in all of the Southland.

Pann’s Restaurant. Wonho Frank Lee

The Googie experience is complete from inside to outside at Pann's, with a low-flung ceiling and perfect light that seems in through the slitted windows to the west. Founded by George and Rena Panagopoulos, the design comes from Armet and Davis, who also designed local landmarks Johnie's Coffee Shop and Norm's on La Cienega.

Wander around, sit down over a plate of fried chicken and waffles, and don't skip those excellent shakes.

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A wide angle of a classic Googie diner Pann’s in Los Angeles. Wonho Frank Lee
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The entrance to Pann’s Restaurant & Coffee Shop in Los Angeles. Wonho Frank Lee

Pann's Restaurant

6710 La Tijera Boulevard, , CA 90045 (323) 776-3770 Visit Website