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Top 5 diners in LA

Submitted by on 13/08/2013 – 5:39 pmOne Comment

Brite Spot Diner - Pancake Breakfast [britespotdiner.com]

Brite Spot Diner – Pancake Breakfast [britespotdiner.com]

Thinking of heading to Los Angeles this year? Good choice! This area is deservedly famous for its attractions, but I also think its food is well worth a mention. Personally, I reckon you should make a few forays into its diners, since these are generally very well-priced and also have a great range of food. Plus, doing so also means that you can have that essential American diner experience!

To help give you an idea of where you’ll find the tastiest food, I’ve put together a list of suggestions for you to peruse. And for all those who haven’t yet got the basics of their holiday sorted, you can find information on accommodation on this website.

1) Brite Spot

Brite Spot Diner - Interior [marinachetner.com]

Brite Spot Diner – Interior [marinachetner.com]

My first suggestion is Brite Spot, which you’ll find at 1918 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. This is a particularly good place to head to if you’re after either a late lunch or early dinner that won’t set you back too much, since it offers a $6 (£4) menu between 15:00 and 18:00 local time Mondays through Fridays.

That said, its standard menus are reasonably priced, and the food here is utterly delicious – particularly since the menu was overhauled earlier this year. Its breakfasts, which include everything from eggs cooked almost every way you could imagine to pancakes and waffles, are especially tasty.

2) Nickel Diner

Nickel Diner [nickeldiner.com]

Nickel Diner [nickeldiner.com]

At 524 South Main Street, Los Angeles, you’ll find Nickel Diner. This great establishment serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is particularly proud of its desserts. If you’re like me, that’s a good enough excuse to treat yourself to a slice of pie while you’re there, no matter how big your main course was!

Its breakfasts include pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, granola and huevos rancheros, while anyone recovering from a night on the town should definitely revive themselves with the ‘hangover helper’ – an egg, bacon, sausage and potato concoction that’ll help clear out the cobwebs. Remember this diner is closed on Mondays.

3) Ruby’s Diner

Ruby's Diner [theburgerreview.com]

Ruby’s Diner [theburgerreview.com]

Next on my list is the 50s-style Ruby’s Diner, which is a chain. While I usually tend to avoid recommending chain restaurants simply because I think it’s best to try to get some local flavour, I believe that Ruby’s really is worth a visit. It’s got that classic American diner atmosphere and is family friendly, so it’s a particularly good choice if you’re travelling with your kids.

Nickel Diner Front [nickeldiner.com]

Nickel Diner Front [nickeldiner.com]

Taking a quick look at the menu, the corned beef hash is a sure-fire winner, as are the four-egg omelettes. There’s a great selection of burgers, tacos, salads and more, while the milkshakes are a special treat. Decadent flavours include cookie dough, Oreo cookies and banana cream dream.

4) Rae’s Restaurant

Rae’s is a small diner at 2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. It’s a great place to head to if you want an old-school diner experience, or simply a filling breakfast or lunch that won’t break the bank.

Grab a table at Rae’s for half-pound burgers, tasty pies and indulgent layer cakes. If you do fancy coming here, it’s worth bearing in mind that its size and popularity means it can often get pretty crowded at weekends. So, try to come on a weekday if you can.

5) The Original Pantry Cafe

The Original Pantry Cafe [tripadvisor.com]

The Original Pantry Cafe [tripadvisor.com]

My final recommendation is The Original Pantry Cafe, which has been around for aeons. A staple of the Downtown area, it dates back to the 1920s and has a reputation for its generous portions. There’s nearly always a queue for food here, but it’s worth the wait – especially considering it’s a slice of LA history, as well as a great way to satisfy your stomach!

You’ll find it at 877 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. Open 24 hours a day, it serves up pretty much any dish you could ever want from a diner. It’s worth bearing in mind that not everything on the menu is available around the clock, but pancakes, certain omelettes, and ham and eggs are among the things you can snap up no matter what time of the day or night it is.

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  • Heather says:

    I LOVE breakfast! I must admit I hardly ever go out for breakfast when I’m at home (although there are some really great spots near my apartment), but when I travel it’s *game on*.

    The diners in your list definitely ‘get’ the 24h breakfast thing. Getting breakfast anytime I want makes my day.

    When I (finally) visit LA, I’ll keep these in mind!

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