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Nickel Diner

Diner, Bakery, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Central City East, Los Angeles
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  • Heba-I-am
    Heba-I-am2 weeks ago
    Look at this gorgeous donut! It's the coffee one and it was mouthwatering. The filling is dangerous. Oh, don't expect to look sexy while eating it because this is gonna be messy 😂 so worth a try
  • Robert F.
    Robert Forto3 weeks ago
    Great burger and cool atmosphere!
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 18, 2016
    Nickel Diner represents a sea change for the diner concept as a whole. Relying on upgraded ingredients and a throwback-hip vibe, the restaurant has become a vital part of the city. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 4, 2016
    This new-school diner in Downtown is known for their bacon doughnut, but they also make blueberry pancakes, ham & leek egg scrambles, huevos rancheros, and a hangover helper. Read more
  • Alharith A.
    Alharith AloufiJuly 22, 2016
    The strawberry donut was to die for, so was their homemade jam & their pancakes.
  • Darlene J.
    Darlene JeffersonMay 13, 2016
    Bacon Donuts are Good
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 6, 2016
    They have you covered for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner with top notch comfort food along with some modern spins on classics.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MacKenzieApril 27, 2016
    Amazing breakfasts! Polenta & smoky greens on the special were fabulous.
  • Justin S.
    Justin ScottJanuary 30, 2016
    biscuits are amaze
  • Brendan H.
    Brendan HooleyDecember 11, 2015
    Fun food creations, but not a fan of the weird sauces they drizzle on their brunch items.
  • Stephen v.
    Stephen van DyckNovember 30, 2015
    Pulled pork
  • Charles K.
    Charles KariukiNovember 24, 2015
    Breakfast food
  • Linda E.
    Linda ElleNovember 13, 2015
    From hangover omelette, huevos ranchero, to the dessert menu... Even the friendly welcoming atmosphere... This was a great place. Will definitely go again 😍😍😍
  • Linda E.
    Linda ElleNovember 13, 2015
    The red velvet cake😋😋😋 was delicious.. talk about dessert-gasm
  • Sam W.
    Sam WingSeptember 22, 2015
    The donuts are 500% legit. 5th and Main (pulled pork hash) doesn't let you down either
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LingnerSeptember 11, 2015
    Must have the side of Polenta and really delicious Huevos Ranchero & 5th and Main is Sooo good!!
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 3, 2015
    This historic restaurant opened well over 50 years. The ambience is definitely a 50's style diner. Food here is beyond delicious and the service is quite courteous and timely. An ideal breakfast spot
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Jan T.
    Jan TomesJuly 31, 2015
    Bacon donut!
  • Jan T.
    Jan TomešMay 16, 2015
    The best place for breakfast I've visited so far in Los Angeles! I love their crumbled eggs with bacon and the selection of donuts is just unbelievable.
  • Mystery S.
    Mystery StopperMay 13, 2015
    Witnessed the owner assault a meter cop. Police units responded. Strong personality. Such a shame. Not a good look on the restaurant.
  • Leury H.
    Leury HidalgoApril 18, 2015
    They serve a mean huevos rancheros. Try the bacon donut. It's like heaven in your mouth.
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmpApril 15, 2015
    Breakfast or lunch is worth more than Nickels & Dimes here. Great food!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonMarch 26, 2015
    Home made pop tarts!! Also you might get a sample of their jam while waiting outside in line
  • Katy S.
    Katy StevensMarch 8, 2015
    Unbelievably good Arnold Palmer
  • Drew M.
    Drew MarkovitchJanuary 24, 2015
    Bacon glazed donut
  • Peii W.
    Peii WangJanuary 20, 2015
    Breakfast burrito
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RodriguezJanuary 5, 2015
    Donut is great the rest is ok
  • Carmen K.
    Carmen KhanDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious biscuits on the weekend. Get the polenta with your eggs!
  • Michelle
    MichelleOctober 26, 2014
    Red velvet donut.
  • Ilusha Z.
    Ilusha ZaritskiyOctober 9, 2014
    The Bacon Maple doughnut is a must have, ask for it warmed. Poached eggs over pulled pork for breakfast
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
    Serving up hearty comfort food, like beef stew and catfish with corn cakes, this downtown destination combines amazing flavors with a laid-back atmosphere sure to put any paranoid patron at ease. Read more
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 14, 2014
    Maple glazed bacon donut is as good as they say! Service and music were excellent too.
  • Lux L.
    Lux LaCroixSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunday brunch and The Nickel is kind of mandatory. Make sure you save room for the donuts.
  • Johnason S.
    Johnason SilverSeptember 4, 2014
    Had steak at 5c diner.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Nickel Diner as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives , Unique Eats Read more
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenAugust 23, 2014
    This is the place
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenAugust 23, 2014
    Red velvet cake has crunchy chocolate morsels nested inside
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HuntAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything's great, but breakfast of champions is the hash.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CampbellAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Specials are almost always the best idea when you come here. If the crowd waiting in line is intimidating, head to Semi Sweet Bakery around the corner for a coffee and pastry while you wait.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    The menu boasts a cozy mix of comfort food from homemade pop tarts to specialty burgers, all of which go best with a side of Smac and Cheese. Read more
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    A 1940's restaurant brought back to life by a chef doing mac and cheese, fried catfish and classic donuts. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Pancakes and thick-cut bacon, fried catfish and corn cakes, Lowrider burgers and onion rings — that's why you go to the Nickel. Read more
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    The dessert platter is the main draw and includes the (rightfully) famous maple bacon donut and home-made versions of junk-food classics, like Pop Tarts and Ding Dongs. Read more
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    Let's talk about the delicious food: we like the pulled pork hash with poached eggs and also the catfish with corn cakes and pecan sauce. Read more
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnJune 20, 2014
    Even if you make a reservation, you won't be seated until all your party is there.
  • Greg D.
    Greg DronenMay 9, 2014
    Food is good but it's very loud in there.
  • Sam F.
    Sam FitzMay 6, 2014
    The highly acclaimed bacon donut is great. But the one I personally recommend is the strawberry crumb donut. Absolutely divine!
  • Sofija D.
    Sofija DutcherApril 15, 2014
    Not the greasy spoon breakfast I was expecting. Little too "LA", the price and the menu. BUT that means the burgers are AMAZING.
  • Luke S.
    Luke SumnerMarch 21, 2014
    The waiter who looks like snape is a real piece of work
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LucianoMarch 16, 2014
    Get the #5 Scrambled (zucchini, tomato, mozzarella, leeks) with the Italian version of grits (super creamy like cream of wheat) & the 5cent bag (Brioche) and the house made jam. Yum!!
  • Helen M.
    Helen MowersMarch 14, 2014
    Food is so good and just a fun place to eat. Be prepared for a wait--there's usually a line.
  • Albert E.
    Albert EvangelistaMarch 2, 2014
    the "Ding Dong" dessert is just OKAY, nothing spectacular, try something else.... :(
  • Neil R.
    Neil RososFebruary 21, 2014
    Maple Bacon Donut w/ Brioche. Yes. That is the answer.
  • The Golden S.
    The Golden Scallop (Movie)November 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I remember when the food only cost 2 cents!
  • Jen S.
    Jen SanchezNovember 21, 2013
    Cute little diner with pretty solid service. The owner made sure we were taken care of. Right before we paid, she gave eat of us one of their Maple Bacon donuts on he house!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesNovember 18, 2013
    The 5th and Main, named for the diner's address, features spicy BBQ pork hash topped with a pair of poached eggs. Save room for a signature maple bacon donut.
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NatividadOctober 28, 2013
    Biscuits & Gravy are kind of sweet. Donuts are delicious and dense - get Nutella and strawberry ones!
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AlvarezOctober 27, 2013
    Strawberry donut is soooo yummy!!! and the poptarts!!!!
  • Thom R.
    Thom RiveraOctober 18, 2013
    Great breakfast! Get the Maple Bacon Doughnut.
  • Patrick
    PatrickOctober 17, 2013
    Okay so the maple bacon donut -it really is that good! Get one
  • Doc J C.
    Doc J CastroOctober 3, 2013
    Maple donut was amazeball
  • Larry P.
    Larry PerraultSeptember 28, 2013
    Loved the Dutch Baby. Thin and tasty. Gladbit wasn't too heavy. The baked apple on it were delicious.
  • Valentino L.
    Valentino LascanoSeptember 11, 2013
    Smack N' Cheese
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TranAugust 17, 2013
    Smac and Cheese is AMAZING. Instead of a dessert menu, they brought out a platter so we could actually look at the selection (but then you have to ask the waitress about prices).
  • Lorena C.
    Lorena C.August 16, 2013
    Good place and good food!!!! Nice
  • LC
    LCAugust 14, 2013
    The 5th & Main changes lives.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Indulge in maple bacon and red velvet doughnuts.
  • Paula W.
    Paula WagnerJuly 11, 2013
    Maple Bacon YUM!
  • Angela F.
    Angela FergusonJuly 7, 2013
    Short wait for a table & delicious food!
  • Paul G.
    Paul GheduzziJune 21, 2013
    If you order dinner, try the Bacon-Avo Burger! Amazing flavors blend nicely together between the bacon, sliced avocado and cheddar cheese.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 4, 2013
    Nickel Diner bakes its own bread, prepares elaborate cakes and maple-bacon doughnuts and makes delicious fried catfish with corn cakes. Don’t miss the Lowrider Burger. Read more
  • W F.
    W FrankensteinMay 26, 2013
    Delicious food. If you're wondering what the 'car bomb' doughnut is, it's a Guinness infused doughnut with English cream. If you like doughnuts with a little heft, this is for you.
  • Christoph K.
    Christoph KuertMay 19, 2013
    Try the Maple Bacon Donut
  • Danny C.
    Danny C.May 4, 2013
    The best Strawberry shortcake donut in town!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.April 26, 2013
    Can't go wrong with anything on this awesome greasy spoon's menu. Go for the spicy chicken hash if you're really hungry. It's a hefty portion of meat and potatoes!
  • Michelle
    MichelleApril 24, 2013
    Order water. I won't pay $3 for a can of Diet Coke.
  • Jeremy Michael C.
    Jeremy Michael CohenApril 20, 2013
    The pulled pork sandwich was wonderful. The biscuit was the best I've ever had -- bigger and fluffier than traditional -- phenomenal with their homemade honey butter and jams.
  • Shawn W.
    Shawn W.April 20, 2013
    As shown on the travel channel: catfish + 4squarer's bacon donut tip = WIN!!
  • Mo R.
    Mo RApril 4, 2013
    BACON MAPLE DONUT
  • Jerica G.
    Jerica GuidryMarch 19, 2013
    Smac and cheese is amazing as well as the Double stuffed chicken! So good and very nice people, it has the home town feeling.
  • Roy E.
    Roy EdmondsonFebruary 24, 2013
    Tip top breakfast. If your in the area it's the choice to make.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter And Potato Chip Cake - It was only 9 AM, but I couldn't pass up the chance to try this. Awesome. Cake for breakfast is nice.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the Maple Glazed Bacon Donut - Amazing. Best bacon donut ever.
  • Phoenix satya
    Phoenix satyaFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the blueberry pancakes and polenta
  • The Golden S.
    The Golden Scallop (Movie)February 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Golden Scallop NOMinee for best breakfast in the US!!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 30, 2013
    The BLTs come with arugula; the hash is made with spicy pulled pork instead of canned corned beef; and all the toast, including the cinnamon-dusted Nickel Bag, is made with bread baked fresh in-house! Read more
  • Pamela R.
    Pamela RouseJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Eat Your Veggies - Favorite *has bacon
  • The Golden S.
    The Golden Scallop (Movie)January 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    BACON COVERED DONUT. #nomnomnom
  • Roman G.
    Roman GebhardJanuary 3, 2013
    good turkey burger and fries! interior also definitely worth a visit!
  • Michael Antonio
    Michael AntonioDecember 8, 2012
    Always packed for breakfast on the weekend. Line out the door
  • Osahon T.
    Osahon TongoDecember 7, 2012
    Try the Puppy Pile - Amazing! Apple chicken sausage. Sweet cinnamon pancakes and crispy egg! #pancakecollection #dopeness
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BermudezDecember 2, 2012
    Red velvet. Delicious!
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MitzkatSeptember 21, 2012
    They were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for their Maple-Bacon Doughnut but the rumor is their Nutella Doughnut is better.
  • Miki R.
    Miki ReynoldsSeptember 17, 2012
    Get the donuts. Please just get the donuts. At $2.50, get all of them.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SantiagoSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stuffed Avocado Quinoa Salad ... allday, everyday!
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FooseSeptember 1, 2012
    5th & Main OH BABY
  • DowntownLA.com
    DowntownLA.comAugust 31, 2012
    "We are serious about dessert. We savor the selections at several bakeries including Bottega Louie, Nickel Diner, Babycakes, & Semi-Sweet." – Rob & Janene @ www.ThisIsMyDowntown.com/Rob-Janene
  • Pink Money CEO
    Pink Money CEOAugust 25, 2012
    They close daily from 3:30 to 6:00 for dinner. Found out the hard way.
  • Igor
    IgorJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't read this because the Nickel is a cell phone black hole.
  • Sandi S.
    Sandi SartiniJune 9, 2012
    They only serve biscuits and gravy on the weekends, but worth the trip just for that!!! You also can't go wrong with any of the donuts!
  • Nayahuari Q.
    Nayahuari QuirarteMay 20, 2015
    Pide un sandwich de puerco...con papas y aros de cebolla pff riquísimo y económicooo
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