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Nickel Diner

Diner, Bakery, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Central City East, Los Angeles
171 Tips and reviews
  • donuts
  • breakfast food
  • cake
  • Pop-Tarts
  • pork hash
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 18
    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
    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
  • Eng.Alharith A.
    The strawberry donut was to die for, so was their homemade jam & their pancakes.
  • Darlene J.
    Bacon Donuts are Good
  • Ricky S.
    They have you covered for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner with top notch comfort food along with some modern spins on classics.
  • Heather M.
    Amazing breakfasts! Polenta & smoky greens on the special were fabulous.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Justin S.
    Justin ScottJanuary 30
    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
  • 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 AmparanoApril 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.... :(
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