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A Guide to Iconic Greasy Spoons in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgThe diner. The coffee shop. It's a style of restaurant that's as definitive as the city of Los Angeles itself. As car culture expanded across Southern California (and the nation), places both small and large opened up across town, boasting good food and comfortable dining rooms with flashy neon signs, expansive roof lines, and large windows. They were those comfort joints where everyone from celebrities to the hoi polloi could enjoy a solid breakfast, lunch or dinner for a reasonable price. Hollywood took to these modest haunts, using them as backdrops in scenes for every conceivable genre. Here now, Eater presents a guide to iconic greasy spoons in Los Angeles, along with recommendations on what to order at each spot.


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1. The Original Pantry

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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The quintessential old-school diner in Los Angeles, Downtown's iconic greasy spoon on the corner of Figueroa and 9th serves everything from pancakes to t-bone steaks, all night, all day, and every day of the year. The bacon, ham steak & eggs, and french toast are popular picks.

2. Rae's Restaurant

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2901 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-7937
A Westside fixture for decades, the Googie sign at Rae's is iconic on its own. It's hard to fault biscuits and gravy that are still priced from bygone days at $1.85, but the chicken-fried steak, club sandwich, and pancakes are special.

3. Norm's Restaurant

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470 North La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(323) 655-0167
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Now a steadily growing chain across Southern California, Norm's is a standard bearer for all-night diners, with plush, delicious pancakes and a massive menu of diner plates. The iconic design of the La Cienega location has been immortalized in film and art, but it's best enjoyed early mornings with that ridiculously cheap plate of steak & eggs.

4. Millie's

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3524 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 664-0404
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A Silver Lake fixture since 1926, Millie's is still one of the best coffee shops in the city. Order the hangtown fry, corned beef hash, or huevos rancheros.

5. Dinah's Family Restaurant

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6521 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 645-0456
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This Westside icon has been serving loads of comfort food since the 50's, with an expansive dining room, friendly staff, and still-low prices. The all-you-can-eat fried chicken is worth getting if it's the right night of the week, as are the Dutch apple pancakes.

6. House of Pies

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1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-9961
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The pies are this Los Feliz icon are still amazing, especially the strawberry cream pie when they're in season. The charming coffee shop feel is great to experience late into the night. The regular diner plates are serviceable, but seriously, what's the name of the joint?

7. Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop

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6710 LA Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(323) 776-3770
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With one of the best Googie neon signs ever, this South LA landmark makes a mean fried chicken and waffles, along with a hefty chicken fried steak that might be coma-inducing. Still one of the best coffee shop scenes in L.A.

8. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

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1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9800
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An Echo Park fixture for over a century, this iconic diner has changed hands over the years. The food has adopted to the times, with plenty of vegan options and terrific baked goods, but Brite Spot is still good for omelettes and pancakes. Basically anything to either fight or cure a hangover.

9. Foxy's

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1907 W 48th St
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 296-9404
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Serving Glendale since 1964, Foxy's is one of the best breakfasts in the city. The A-Frame building and expansive patio make it easy to linger until well past noon. The carne asada and eggs might be one of the most addictive dishes ever.

10. Bob's Big Boy

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4211 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 843-9334
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One of the city's truly iconic restaurants, Bob's still hosts car shows on Friday nights for fans of vintage wheels. The double-decker "Big Boy" burger is still a popular order, along with the ham steak breakfast.

11. The Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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This old-school diner specializes in sizzling burgers and limp french fries, but there's also a number of sandwiches and of course some of the most terrific pies in the city. Easily one of the best counters in LA.

12. The Fountain Coffee Room

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251
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This fancy coffee shop inside the Beverly Hills Hotel has been restored to its former glory, serving things like silver dollar buttermilk pancakes to corned beef on rye. There's also healthy options like vegetarian eggs benedict.

13. Du-par's

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-8446
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A Mid-City staple, Du-Par's has a great selection of pies and blue plate specials, like french toast, hotcakes or a complete breakfast, with coffee and all, for very cheap. Later in the day, there's a monstrous Monte Cristo for something that'll bust a gut.

14. Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill

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433 N Roxbury Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-4461
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A hidden gem in L.A., Mickey Fine looks like a pharmacy on the outside (and a famous one at that - it's where Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston would pick up prescriptions), but deep inside the building resides a breakfast and lunch counter where locals and office denizens pick up one of the cheapest meals in the Golden Triangle. The breakfast burritos are good, and the lunch-time patty melt is no slouch.

15. Nick's Cafe

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1300 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 222-1450
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This old-school diner in Downtown's northern throes has pretty good eggs benedicts and country breakfast skillets. The portions are generous, which is good for sharing things like the waffles topped with fresh fruit or the ham & eggs.

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1. The Original Pantry

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The quintessential old-school diner in Los Angeles, Downtown's iconic greasy spoon on the corner of Figueroa and 9th serves everything from pancakes to t-bone steaks, all night, all day, and every day of the year. The bacon, ham steak & eggs, and french toast are popular picks.
877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2. Rae's Restaurant

2901 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
A Westside fixture for decades, the Googie sign at Rae's is iconic on its own. It's hard to fault biscuits and gravy that are still priced from bygone days at $1.85, but the chicken-fried steak, club sandwich, and pancakes are special.
2901 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

3. Norm's Restaurant

470 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Now a steadily growing chain across Southern California, Norm's is a standard bearer for all-night diners, with plush, delicious pancakes and a massive menu of diner plates. The iconic design of the La Cienega location has been immortalized in film and art, but it's best enjoyed early mornings with that ridiculously cheap plate of steak & eggs.
470 North La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048

4. Millie's

3524 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
A Silver Lake fixture since 1926, Millie's is still one of the best coffee shops in the city. Order the hangtown fry, corned beef hash, or huevos rancheros.
3524 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Dinah's Family Restaurant

6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
This Westside icon has been serving loads of comfort food since the 50's, with an expansive dining room, friendly staff, and still-low prices. The all-you-can-eat fried chicken is worth getting if it's the right night of the week, as are the Dutch apple pancakes.
6521 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

6. House of Pies

1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The pies are this Los Feliz icon are still amazing, especially the strawberry cream pie when they're in season. The charming coffee shop feel is great to experience late into the night. The regular diner plates are serviceable, but seriously, what's the name of the joint?
1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop

6710 LA Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
With one of the best Googie neon signs ever, this South LA landmark makes a mean fried chicken and waffles, along with a hefty chicken fried steak that might be coma-inducing. Still one of the best coffee shop scenes in L.A.
6710 LA Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

8. Brite Spot Family Restaurant

1918 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
An Echo Park fixture for over a century, this iconic diner has changed hands over the years. The food has adopted to the times, with plenty of vegan options and terrific baked goods, but Brite Spot is still good for omelettes and pancakes. Basically anything to either fight or cure a hangover.
1918 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. Foxy's

1907 W 48th St, Los Angeles, CA
Serving Glendale since 1964, Foxy's is one of the best breakfasts in the city. The A-Frame building and expansive patio make it easy to linger until well past noon. The carne asada and eggs might be one of the most addictive dishes ever.
1907 W 48th St
Los Angeles, CA

10. Bob's Big Boy

4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505
One of the city's truly iconic restaurants, Bob's still hosts car shows on Friday nights for fans of vintage wheels. The double-decker "Big Boy" burger is still a popular order, along with the ham steak breakfast.
4211 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505

11. The Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
This old-school diner specializes in sizzling burgers and limp french fries, but there's also a number of sandwiches and of course some of the most terrific pies in the city. Easily one of the best counters in LA.
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

12. The Fountain Coffee Room

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This fancy coffee shop inside the Beverly Hills Hotel has been restored to its former glory, serving things like silver dollar buttermilk pancakes to corned beef on rye. There's also healthy options like vegetarian eggs benedict.
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13. Du-par's

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
A Mid-City staple, Du-Par's has a great selection of pies and blue plate specials, like french toast, hotcakes or a complete breakfast, with coffee and all, for very cheap. Later in the day, there's a monstrous Monte Cristo for something that'll bust a gut.
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill

433 N Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
A hidden gem in L.A., Mickey Fine looks like a pharmacy on the outside (and a famous one at that - it's where Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston would pick up prescriptions), but deep inside the building resides a breakfast and lunch counter where locals and office denizens pick up one of the cheapest meals in the Golden Triangle. The breakfast burritos are good, and the lunch-time patty melt is no slouch.
433 N Roxbury Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Nick's Cafe

1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
This old-school diner in Downtown's northern throes has pretty good eggs benedicts and country breakfast skillets. The portions are generous, which is good for sharing things like the waffles topped with fresh fruit or the ham & eggs.
1300 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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