Original Pantry- LA

Steak and eggs at 3:00AM? No problem. Craving grilled pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy first thing in the morning? Check. This authentically old school diner is open 24 hours, and whil not neccessarily in the under $10 range, the fact that you know you can always get a bite there any day any time qualifies this dDwontown LA landmaek as a junkfoodie Hall-of-Famer.

Country Fried Steak , housemade mashed potatoes, corn($14.50)

Grilled pork chops, hash browns and corn ($13.95)

The portions are huge, and the food is well made, albeit not neccessarily exciting. Portuguese sausage. eggs, hash browns, toast and coffee for $8.95 is something you can’t go wrong with. Anything off the grill or any of the breakfast items are safe bets. Some of the daily specials are worth trying, but are more hit and miss.

What you come here for is the convenience and dependability of a place that’s been open since 1924.You also come for the old school vibe. Some of the waiters look like they’ve been here since the place opened. A few things have changed since I started coming here. They used to plop down a platter of carrot sticks, celery sticks and pickles on a bed of ice cubes. That is gone, but they still feature their “Pantry Set Up”, which is a plate of runny cole slaw and sourdough bread and butter.

Cutting edge cuisine? No. Trendy upscale decor? No. Authentic character? Solid American diner food with huge portions? Yes and Yes. A junkfoodie Hall-of-Famer.

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