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Why LA Has Some of the Best Diners and Coffee Shops Anywhere

Plus an interview with Richard Blais and a roundup of Sonora-style hot dogs

Googie style architecture makes the exterior of Pann’s especially eye-catching.
Pann’s, Inglewood
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.

The glory of vintage diners in Los Angeles

LA Magazine’s Patric Kuh writes a lengthy tribute to the old diners and coffee shops in Los Angeles, starting with the classic Pann’s in Inglewood nearby LAX to everywhere from Nick’s Cafe, the Original Pantry, and even the new school Nickel Diner in Downtown. The piece names dozens more classic Googie-designed and humble neighborhood coffee shops around Los Angeles from the South Bay all the way up to the San Fernando Valley. There’s also a place where Kuh laments some of the restaurants lost over the years. It’s a wonderful slice of LA’s unique breakfast and diner culture that’s worth a read.

A revolving door on the western edge of Beverly Hills

The former Brewdog Pub space on the corner of an oddly placed strip mall on the corner of Wilshire and San Vicente keeps changing owners. It’s likely due to the challenging location and the constant construction coming from the pending Purple Line. The new space is slated to become a place called Continental Kitchen, with sandwiches, salads, breakfast, and more.

Crack Shack’s northward invasion

Former Top Chef contestant Richard Blais gets a Q&A in OC Weekly, whereupon he’s asked about his fabulous hair, the newest Costa Mesa location of his Crack Shack restaurant, and how he spends his Thanksgiving holidays. He hints that not only will he open Crack Shacks in Century City and Pasadena, he says there’s enough money in the till to open three or four more.

There’s something about Sonora-style hot dogs

The LA Times has a new feature on Sonora-style hot dogs in Los Angeles, which one can find everyone from Dog Haus to LinX down in Orange. There’s a longer look at Los Dogos Sonora Style, what differentiates the Mexican hot dog specialty, and how owner Alejandro Zamorano goes about sourcing all the unique ingredients.

An early look at one of LA’s newer Australian cafes

The Daily Bruin visits Ministry of Coffee, one of the many Australian cafes that have sprouted up in Los Angeles of late. The former Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop has an Instagram-worthy mocha while the $12 grilled cheese sandwich seems...worth it? Either way, it’s on its way to becoming one of Westwood’s better study spots.