Print this one out and keep it in the car

My buddy Mark Madler knows how much the L.A. Times Food section usually bothers me – I used to spend every Wednesday ranting about how out of reach each story is to real people – but one story in the paper today had a gem worth saving. And, the food section maintains its integrity by staying bougie – this story was somehow put into Entertainment’s Night Life, rather than food. Go figure.

It was a tough job, so Chris Barton had to do it – he visited several of L.A. and surrounding area all-night eateries so we didn’t have to do it. Now, this, I’m sure, was not the easiest job (right) – he had to visit all these “greasy spoons” and actually eat – oh, who are we kidding? This is the type of gig every reporter wants!

The best part of it? A list of diners, their addresses, phone numbers and a small snippet about each one. It’s the most useful thing I’ve seen the Times produce to date:

It’s after hours, and you’re famished…
Hankering for bacon, eggs and some good company at 2 a.m.? A sampler of late-night diners, all open 24 hours unless otherwise noted:

101 Coffee Shop 6145 Franklin Ave., L.A., (323) 467-1175. 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
Unaffected Hollywood favorite finishes late nights right with a killer jukebox.

Astro Family Restaurant 2300 Fletcher Drive, L.A., (323) 663-9241.
Traditional fare and nontraditional people-watching at Silver Lake’s all-night option.

Bob’s Big Boy 4211 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, (818) 843-9334. www.bobs.net.
A local landmark, the oldest remaining location of the nationwide chain remembers its roots with round-the-clock hours and classic car nights.

The Brite Spot 1918 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., (213) 484-9800. 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily.
Vegan-friendly fare for an indie-minded mix of locals and young Eastside hipsters.

Canter’s Deli 419 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., (323) 651-2030.
L.A. classic draws diners from Largo and other Fairfax bars, as well as its own raucous Kibbitz Room.

Conrad’s 820 N. Central Ave., Glendale, (818) 246-6547.
Also: 861 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, (626) 577-7603.
Foothill-dwelling regulars find an alternative to Denny’s at this traditional family-style restaurant.

Coral Cafe 3321 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, (818) 566-9725.
Open since 1957, the Valley diner caters to an after-hours bar crowd as well as coffee-sipping high school kids.

Dolores Restaurant 11407 Santa Monica Blvd, L.A., (310) 477-1061.
Retro-styled diner has earned a following among UCLA students and other Westsiders.

Earl’s Home Cookin’ 807 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 639-8590.
Bargain-priced specials and a full-service smoker’s patio caters to O.C.’s young and old “25/7.”

Fred 62 1840 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., (323) 667-0062.
The ’50s diner gets cooler with a stylish sense of humor.

The Kettle 1138 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-8511.
As the rest of Manhattan Beach goes dark, CEOs and sorority girls flock to this California-style diner.

Mel’s Drive-In 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 465-3111.
Also: 8585 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 854-7200; and 14846 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-0648. www.melsdrive-in.com.
Shiny ’50s diner replicant strives for the idealized feel of “American Graffiti.”

Norm’s 1601 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 450-6889.
Also: 470 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 655-0167 and 15 locations throughout Southern California. www.normsrestaurants.com.
Big breakfasts and an inviting Googie-era sign draw steady crowds.

Original Pantry Cafe 877 S. Figueroa St., L.A., (213) 972-9279.
Homestyle cooking and a piece of L.A. history at a true classic that’s “never without a customer.”

Pipers 222 N. Western Ave., L.A., (323) 465-7701.
Koreatown fixture pulls in neighborhood night-crawlers with breakfast, “pizzadillas” and Korean barbecue.

Sitton’s NoHo Diner 11329 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 761-3341.
Irony-free Valley diner keeps it real with friendly service and a local clientele.

Swingers 8020 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (323) 653-5858. 6:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily.
Also: 802 Broadway, Santa Monica, (310) 393-9793. 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
With an eye toward ’70s style, the fashionable nightspot has a reputation as a pickup joint.

Shore House Cafe 5271 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, (562) 433-2266. Closed for remodeling but expected to reopen Friday.
Also: 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, (949) 498-3936 and eight other locations in Southern California.
The all-night diner goes coastal with a bright, glossy menu offering something for every craving.

Twain’s 12905 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 760-9577.
Lived-in vintage diner offers end-of-the-night favorites to club-goers from either side of the hill.
— Chris Barton

One suggestion, however – it might have been worth a nice sidebar to note all the varieties of all-night Asian food that can be had all over metropolitan L.A.

4 thoughts on “Print this one out and keep it in the car

  1. Darleene:

    I was truly surprised to see no mention of downtown’s Pacific Dining Car, my personal choice when in need of a great steak at 3:30 AM.

    Please keep up the great work on your blog, which helps all of us better understand the magic that is Los Angeles.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

    LAFD News Blog: LAFD.ORG/BLOG

  2. I like that HMS Bounty is open until 2am – it rivals the 101 Coffee Shop in the late night category.

    Also, they forgot the Original Tommy’s and Pink’s, too!

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