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877 S. Figueroa St. (Downtown)
Los Angeles, CA
(1) 213-972-9279 | www.pantrycafe.com
HOURSDaily: 24 hours
BEST FORBreakfast; brunch; lunch; dinner; late night bite
PRICE (BREAKFAST; MAINS)USD 3.70-8.25; USD 7.50-16.95
FAMOUS PLATESFrench toast; steak and eggs; cole slaw
DRINKS AND WINECoffee; orange juice; soft drinks
# OF SEATS60
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Landmark 24-hour downtown diner that’s been dishing up enormous portions of artery-clogging breakfast faves since the 1920s. The staff is as sassy as you would expect from a hardboiled greasy spoon (we’re talking Mike Hammer-worthy), but that doesn’t seem to put off the huge crowds of hungry diners from waiting for eons for one of the prized counter seats.
Mix of diehard local fanatics, late-nighters, and curious tourists. (Over the years, they’ve also drawn in celebs as diverse as Humphrey Bogart and Bill Clinton.)
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Super casual–we’d just turn up in jeans and a t-shirt.
GO HERE WITH
WHY WE LIKE IT
The grittiness, the all-night eats, and the heart-stopping mounds of breakfast. Mmmmm…perfect hangover cure.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
More seating would be a plus.
GOOD TO KNOW
Cash only! There’s an ATM just inside the door in case you forget, though. Also, the owner is former LA Mayor Richard Riordan.
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