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Breakfast classics, patty melts, chicken pot pie, and more

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| Wonho Frank Lee

Los Angeles has a wealth of great diners offering everything from breakfast staples like scrambled eggs and toast to lunchtime patty melts, salads, and evening staples like smothered sandwiches and chicken pot pies. Most every neighborhood has one or more diners that locals love, so here are just a few of the many, many options spread from Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro and Arcadia, sorted geographically.

Added: Russell’s, Lancers Family Restaurant, Pacific Diner, Saugus Cafe, Señor G’s &B, Clark Street Diner

Removed: Rae’s Diner, Nick’s Coffee Shop, The 101, Brite Spot, Toasted Bun, Nick’s Cafe, Andy’s Coffee Shop

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Original Saugus Cafe

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Parking lot, 25861 Railroad Ave
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 259-7886

Saugus Cafe isn’t just any old greasy spoon. The restaurant is 135 years old (the oldest in Los Angeles County) and has played host to whistle stop presidential train tours and countless diners in its century-plus existence.

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2. Lancers Family Restaurant

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697 N Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 843-3433
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This pastel-toned Burbank diner staple continues to turn out some of the Valley’s best breakfasts for generations of families. Opt for a cozy booth, or squeeze into a counter seat for even faster service.

3. Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop

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14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
(818) 781-3040
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This Valley staple comes with a hearty side of Mexican breakfast classics, from chorizo and eggs to more inventive scrambles and lunchtime fare like burgers and meatloaf sandwiches.

4. Russell's

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30 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 578-1404
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Pasadena coffee shop staple Russell’s is closing in on 100 years of serving pancakes, eggs, and bacon to waiting customers north of Colorado. Expect long weekend lines for this one.

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A classic breakfast at Russell’s
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5. Foxy's Restaurant

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206 W Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 246-0244
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Glendale’s own Foxy's has played the role of packed weekend favorite for years and years, showing off its prodigious plastic-wrapped menu of morning favorites and diner staples like massive sandwiches and sides.

6. Moffett's Family Restaurant & Chicken Pie Shoppe

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1409 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 447-4670
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It’s hard to find a more cozy restaurant than Moffett’s in Arcadia. The self-described family restaurant is perfect for late-morning weekend eats and warming dinner fare like the signature chicken pot pies.

7. Clark Street Diner

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6145 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

From the ashes of the 101 Coffee Shop coms Clark Street Diner, where retro cool is still very much in fashion. Expect the same basic layout and look, but with a retooled menu and more responsibly-sourced ingredients.

8. House of Pies

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1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-9961
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There’s more than just pie on the menu at this Los Feliz institution. Breakfast is served all day, while Thanksgiving dinner is served year round. And do save room for a slice of pie to finish.

9. Fred 62

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1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-0062
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This colorful-cool Los Feliz diner has kept very late hours for most of its existence and today continues to serve well into most evenings with staple diner dishes and newer options like pan-style pizza.

10. Millie's Cafe

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3524 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

This classic Silver Lake breakfast spot continues to endure despite decades of development around Sunset Junction. There's nothing as reliable as Millie's in Silver Lake.

11. Norm's Restaurant

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470 N LA Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(323) 655-0167
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The Googie architecture at the Norm’s on La Cienega was deemed a city treasure and saved from demolition a few years ago. For a good time, just grab a stool at the counter and dig into an affordable platter of steak and eggs.

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12. Du-Pars

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-8446
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Whether dining in the mornings or well into the night, almost every table orders the pancakes that are drenched in clarified butter yet still fluffy somehow. It’s hard to go wrong with the chicken pot pie and classic meatloaf. And don’t forget to take a pie home.

13. Olympic Cafe

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3728 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 731-5405

A Koreatown classic known for its fantastic pancakes, Olympic Cafe is part neighborhood staple and part hipster hole-in-the-wall. Diners can congregate en masse without spending a fortune.

14. The Original Pantry

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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While it’s no longer true that the Pantry never closes, this corner restaurant does still attract a decent daytime clientele comprised of office workers, tourists, and longtime local fans.

15. Teddy's Cafe

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12043 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 444-9996

This West LA standby feels like it literally hasn't changed since the late 1980s when owner Ted Delgado opened the place. With oddball knick knacks and a wide dining room, it's a casual Westside diner with reliably good pancakes, eggs, and even steak served until 10 p.m. daily.

16. S&W Country Diner

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9748 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-5136
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Culver City’s diner legend S&W is an East Coast-style restaurant with plenty of hearty main dishes like biscuits and gravy. The weekend lines are a testament to the place’s enduring success as a spot for giant plates of comfort food.

17. Señor G's & B

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4923 Rosemead Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 948-3656
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This Pico Rivera option offers a bit of everything, from Mexican breakfasts to classic American diner staples. There are hearty lunch and evening options too, including tacos, burritos, fish and chips, and more.

A styled shot of eggs, rice and beans for breakfast on a white plate.
Eggs, beans, and rice plate.
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18. Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop

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6710 LA Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(323) 776-3770
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A must-stop on the way to LAX, Pann’s is a study in Googie diner architecture. Though it’s no longer open in the evenings, sitting down to a thick mug of black coffee and a plate of eggs is still a highlight.

19. Ocean Diner

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959 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 372-3739
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One of the South Bay’s most beloved diners, Ocean Diner is a toss back to 1940s kitsch. Though the restaurant itself is only about 25 years old, the look and feel of the place is pure timeless Americana.

20. Pacific Diner

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3821 S Pacific Ave
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 831-5334
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From omelettes and enchiladas to patty melts, salads, and club sandwiches, this rustic diner just blocks from the water is perfect for a weekend getaway.

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The Acapulco omelette.
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1. The Original Saugus Cafe

Parking lot, 25861 Railroad Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
An overhead shot of fried eggs and hashbrowns from a diner.
A messy morning plate.
Farley Elliott

Saugus Cafe isn’t just any old greasy spoon. The restaurant is 135 years old (the oldest in Los Angeles County) and has played host to whistle stop presidential train tours and countless diners in its century-plus existence.

Parking lot, 25861 Railroad Ave
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

2. Lancers Family Restaurant

697 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

This pastel-toned Burbank diner staple continues to turn out some of the Valley’s best breakfasts for generations of families. Opt for a cozy booth, or squeeze into a counter seat for even faster service.

697 N Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

3. Nat's Early Bite Coffee Shop

14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

This Valley staple comes with a hearty side of Mexican breakfast classics, from chorizo and eggs to more inventive scrambles and lunchtime fare like burgers and meatloaf sandwiches.

14115 Burbank Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

4. Russell's

30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
A tilted photo of diner breakfast with eggs and hashbrowns.
A classic breakfast at Russell’s
Russell’s

Pasadena coffee shop staple Russell’s is closing in on 100 years of serving pancakes, eggs, and bacon to waiting customers north of Colorado. Expect long weekend lines for this one.

30 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

5. Foxy's Restaurant

206 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204

Glendale’s own Foxy's has played the role of packed weekend favorite for years and years, showing off its prodigious plastic-wrapped menu of morning favorites and diner staples like massive sandwiches and sides.

206 W Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91204

6. Moffett's Family Restaurant & Chicken Pie Shoppe

1409 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

It’s hard to find a more cozy restaurant than Moffett’s in Arcadia. The self-described family restaurant is perfect for late-morning weekend eats and warming dinner fare like the signature chicken pot pies.

1409 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

7. Clark Street Diner

6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

From the ashes of the 101 Coffee Shop coms Clark Street Diner, where retro cool is still very much in fashion. Expect the same basic layout and look, but with a retooled menu and more responsibly-sourced ingredients.

6145 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. House of Pies

1869 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There’s more than just pie on the menu at this Los Feliz institution. Breakfast is served all day, while Thanksgiving dinner is served year round. And do save room for a slice of pie to finish.

1869 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. Fred 62

1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This colorful-cool Los Feliz diner has kept very late hours for most of its existence and today continues to serve well into most evenings with staple diner dishes and newer options like pan-style pizza.

1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Millie's Cafe

3524 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This classic Silver Lake breakfast spot continues to endure despite decades of development around Sunset Junction. There's nothing as reliable as Millie's in Silver Lake.

3524 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Norm's Restaurant

470 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
A server moves through a diner carrying plates for lunch.
Norms
Wonho Frank Lee

The Googie architecture at the Norm’s on La Cienega was deemed a city treasure and saved from demolition a few years ago. For a good time, just grab a stool at the counter and dig into an affordable platter of steak and eggs.

470 N LA Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

12. Du-Pars

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Whether dining in the mornings or well into the night, almost every table orders the pancakes that are drenched in clarified butter yet still fluffy somehow. It’s hard to go wrong with the chicken pot pie and classic meatloaf. And don’t forget to take a pie home.

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Olympic Cafe

3728 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

A Koreatown classic known for its fantastic pancakes, Olympic Cafe is part neighborhood staple and part hipster hole-in-the-wall. Diners can congregate en masse without spending a fortune.

3728 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

14. The Original Pantry

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

While it’s no longer true that the Pantry never closes, this corner restaurant does still attract a decent daytime clientele comprised of office workers, tourists, and longtime local fans.

877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

15. Teddy's Cafe

12043 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This West LA standby feels like it literally hasn't changed since the late 1980s when owner Ted Delgado opened the place. With oddball knick knacks and a wide dining room, it's a casual Westside diner with reliably good pancakes, eggs, and even steak served until 10 p.m. daily.

12043 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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16. S&W Country Diner

9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Culver City’s diner legend S&W is an East Coast-style restaurant with plenty of hearty main dishes like biscuits and gravy. The weekend lines are a testament to the place’s enduring success as a spot for giant plates of comfort food.

9748 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

17. Señor G's & B

4923 Rosemead Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
A styled shot of eggs, rice and beans for breakfast on a white plate.
Eggs, beans, and rice plate.
Señor G’s & B

This Pico Rivera option offers a bit of everything, from Mexican breakfasts to classic American diner staples. There are hearty lunch and evening options too, including tacos, burritos, fish and chips, and more.

4923 Rosemead Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

18. Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop

6710 LA Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

A must-stop on the way to LAX, Pann’s is a study in Googie diner architecture. Though it’s no longer open in the evenings, sitting down to a thick mug of black coffee and a plate of eggs is still a highlight.

6710 LA Tijera Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

19. Ocean Diner

959 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

One of the South Bay’s most beloved diners, Ocean Diner is a toss back to 1940s kitsch. Though the restaurant itself is only about 25 years old, the look and feel of the place is pure timeless Americana.

959 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

20. Pacific Diner

3821 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731
A vertical image of a burnished omelette with guacamole on top.
The Acapulco omelette.
Pacific Diner

From omelettes and enchiladas to patty melts, salads, and club sandwiches, this rustic diner just blocks from the water is perfect for a weekend getaway.

3821 S Pacific Ave
San Pedro, CA 90731

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