Friday, May 21, 2010

Eat Out. The Pantry.

If you want some amazing pancakes, wonderful, crispy bacon, or possibly the best cheese omelet ever (and who doesn't, really?), the place to find all these things in one small restaurant is The Pantry. And it's open 24 hours a day, every day and conveniently located downtown near the Nokia and Staples Center.

I've been vegetarian for a little more than six years, but remember the fantastic, crispy bacon that is served here. It's that good.

Going here is a family tradition for the Williamses. Early on an occasional Sunday we'll wait outside (because there's always a wait Sunday morning), and read the paper as we're waiting. Then, after a good 20 minutes of standing outside in the constant LA sunshine, we'll be admitted, already ready with what we want to order.

Unfortunately for vegetarians, after breakfast there aren't many options. Possibly mac 'n' cheese, but the chefs all clad in very sporting tuxedos, do not deviate very much from the menu, unlike so many LA restaurants. Open constantly since 1924, this place is a gem from old Los Angeles and owned by former mayor Richard Riordan.

It's absolutely a place worth visiting, and with most plates around $5, it's an affordable breakfast. Cash only, though.

The Original Pantry Cafe is located at 877 S. Figueroa St.

-- Lauren Williams

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