Nickel Diner

524 S Main St (btwn 5th & 6th St), Los Angeles, CA 90013
Closed until 8:00am (Show more)
  • Tue–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–3:30 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–3:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
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  • "Try the maple bacon donut. you won't regret it!" (12 tips)
  • "Try the bacon doughnut!" (4 tips)
  • "Take in a bite of the red velvet cake, it's to die for. Skip the red velvet..." (5 tips)
  • LA Weekly

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

    LA Weekly · December 30, 2010
  • charkattack

    The Salt Peanut Cake with rich butter cream, peanut butter and salty, crunchy potato chips beats the Maple Bacon Dougnut any day.

    charkattack · November 11, 2011
  • LA Weekly

    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

    LA Weekly · January 30, 2013
  • Los Angeles Times

    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

    Los Angeles Times · June 4, 2013
  • Burns!

    have the bacon doughnut. Awesome!

    Burns! · July 11, 2009
  • LA Weekly

    Come to sample Nickel Diner and others at this years Gold Standard on 3/6/11! Read more

    LA Weekly · January 31, 2011
  • Pamela R.

    try the salt peanut cake or the red velvet

    Pamela R. · December 29, 2009
  • The Expendables 2

    The Maple Bacon Donut is one extreme donut! A must-try! Brought to you by THE EXPENDABLES opening August 13!

    The Expendables 2 · June 30, 2010
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Bacon Donut and spot it on Foodspotting!

    Foodspotting · November 29, 2010
  • Chris D.

    Try the maple bacon donut. you won't regret it!

    Chris D. · September 30, 2009
  • Serious Eats

    Order the BLTA - crisp bacon, earthy, crunchy green arugula. A ripe, ruby red tomato and half an avocado, with a fried egg on crunchy sourdough toast. The yolk adds a creamy, velvety richness. Read more

    Serious Eats · August 25, 2011
  • ☃

    get the lemonade - it has mint in it!

    · August 3, 2009
  • Joshua K.

    Bacon Maple Donut, it doesn't get any better!

    Joshua K. · December 19, 2009
  • Mariana B.

    Red velvet. Delicious!

    Mariana B. · December 2, 2012
  • Jen C.

    BEST mac and cheese EVER.

    Jen C. · August 1, 2012
  • Jamie B.

    Have the BBQ pulled pork hash w/ 2 poached eggs. Nutella doughnut. Don't eat for the rest of the day.

    Jamie B. · October 20, 2009
  • Joan E.

    Just go! It's an entire experience.

    Joan E. · August 23, 2010
  • Dave E.

    Okay, maple bacon donut, yes... but homemade Ding Dongs!

    Dave E. · June 3, 2010
  • Rachel E.

    Take in a bite of the red velvet cake, it's to die for. Skip the red velvet donut, overpriced and not so good.

    Rachel E. · January 17, 2010
  • Lily F.

    the red velvet cake is possibly the best i've ever had. there are these little chocolate rice balls in the good!!

    Lily F. · December 18, 2009
  • Miki R.

    Get the donuts. Please just get the donuts. At $2.50, get all of them.

    Miki R. · September 17, 2012
  • Aaron F.

    This is the place. There is no place quite like this place anywhere near this place. So this must be the place.

    Aaron F. · April 28, 2012
  • Evelyn

    Great food. Patience required.

    Evelyn · March 4, 2011
  • Sean

    No beer. In case you were wondering.

    Sean · April 8, 2010
  • diana h.

    Red velvet cake all the way. So delicious. Not such a big fan of the maple bacon donut, was a bit of a letdown!

    diana h. · February 21, 2010
  • Lauren W.
  • Luke S.

    The waiter who looks like snape is a real piece of work

    Luke S. · March 21
  • Los Angeles

    Indulge in maple bacon and red velvet doughnuts.

    Los Angeles · August 1, 2013
  • Paul G.

    If you order dinner, try the Bacon-Avo Burger! Amazing flavors blend nicely together between the bacon, sliced avocado and cheddar cheese.

    Paul G. · June 21, 2013
  • Christoph K.

    Try the Maple Bacon Donut (via @Foodspotting)

    Christoph K. · May 19, 2013
  • Jeremy Michael C.

    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.

    Jeremy Michael C. · April 20, 2013
  • Osahon T.

    Try the Puppy Pile - Amazing! Apple chicken sausage. Sweet cinnamon pancakes and crispy egg! #pancakecollection #dopeness (via @Foodspotting)

    Osahon T. · December 7, 2012
  • Jon S.

    Stuffed Avocado Quinoa Salad ... allday, everyday!

    Jon S. · September 8, 2012
  • Lindsay F.

    5th & Main OH BABY

    Lindsay F. · September 1, 2012
  • MsControversy

    They close daily from 3:30 to 6:00 for dinner. Found out the hard way.

    MsControversy · August 25, 2012
  • Tumara G.

    BLTA is great. Lemon vinegrette is yummy.

    Tumara G. · June 10, 2011
  • Alexandra L.

    everyone talks about their bacon doughnut and the cakes and such...but when you want to be good to yourself without being bad, order up the house salad. seriously. crunchy-fresh and satisfying.

    Alexandra L. · September 21, 2010
  • InarticulateBlah

    The fries, red velvet cake, and s'mac and cheese are all amazing! Oh and that mint lemonade!

    InarticulateBlah · August 15, 2010
  • Michael Z.

    Maple bacon donut is a must!!!

    Michael Z. · March 17, 2010
  • Robert Y.

    Had the best burger here. Must try.

    Robert Y. · March 9, 2010
  • jod k.

    Get the veggie xhili

    jod k. · December 17, 2009
  • Sofija D.

    Not the greasy spoon breakfast I was expecting. Little too "LA", the price and the menu. BUT that means the burgers are AMAZING.

    Sofija D. · 1 week ago
  • Rachel L.

    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!!

    Rachel L. · March 16
  • Helen M.

    Food is so good and just a fun place to eat. Be prepared for a wait--there's usually a line.

    Helen M. · March 14
  • Albert E.

    the "Ding Dong" dessert is just OKAY, nothing spectacular, try something else.... :(

    Albert E. · March 2
  • Neil R.

    Maple Bacon Donut w/ Brioche. Yes. That is the answer.

    Neil R. · February 21
  • The Golden S.

    I remember when the food only cost 2 cents!

    The Golden S. · November 22, 2013
  • Jen S.

    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!

    Jen S. · November 21, 2013
  • Los Angeles

    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.

    Los Angeles · November 18, 2013
  • Amanda N.

    Biscuits & Gravy are kind of sweet. Donuts are delicious and dense - get Nutella and strawberry ones!

    Amanda N. · October 28, 2013

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