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The Original Pantry

Diner, American Restaurant, and Café$$$$
South Park, Los Angeles
221 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • good for a late night
  • steak
  • lively
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  • Random E.
    Random Explorer3 weeks ago
    Overrated. Horrible food. Don't waste your time. Don't go there if you're hungry.
  • Nun A.
    Nun Addict3 weeks ago
    Buttered french bread that comes with the meal is fantastic. We had the chicken fried steak at 2am and it did not disappoint.
  • John S.
    John S.May 28
    Breakfast food.
  • Valerie M.
    If your in the mood for lots of meat and potatoes. Don't be afraid to share.
  • Nate T.
    The Ten-Pound Pancakes
  • Tucker A.
    Tucker AustApril 14
    One of my absolute favorite places in LA. It's ALWAYS a good night if it ends at Original Pantry.
  • Mario C.
    Cheap, great food, the best breakfast spot in downtown LA
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyFebruary 5
    Very cheap but great prices and open all night and day, rain or shine. Okay, LA has no rain but you get it.
  • Qaiser B.
    Qaiser BachaniDecember 23, 2016
    An American food institution. The French toast are to die for.
  • Linda G.
    Linda GianniDecember 23, 2016
    Park across the street for free validation
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval ZukermanDecember 16, 2016
    Breakfast in large portions and flavor. Service is brisk. No credit cards - cash only!!
  • Stella T.
    Stella TaliadorosNovember 23, 2016
    soo old skool. big portions. i keep forgetting how much food you get
  • Emin E.
    Emin ErenOctober 28, 2016
    Coleslaw and Pantry Beef Burger was really tasteful.Service was georgeus and limitless drink.You have to try here in LA.
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomOctober 11, 2016
    Still the best ham steak in the world.
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlhamoudSeptember 8, 2016
    Omelettes, pancakes & French toast. They have the greatest, coffee so good.
  • Maritza V.
    Maritza VSeptember 7, 2016
    Awesome breakfast! Loved the vibe of this place. Staff was friendly and food was great. Definitely coming back when I am back in town.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 18, 2016
    The Original Pantry never closes — and never loses a step. Stop in any time (ideally late at night when the tourists have disappeared) for some steak and eggs and a good time. Read more
  • Ernesto C.
    Ernesto ComodoAugust 9, 2016
    Bad service, bad food
  • Alharith A.
    Alharith AloufiJuly 22, 2016
    Loved the eggs and the potatoes
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 13, 2016
    Downtown doesn't have a better composition than The Original Pantry Cafe, a tried-and-true greasy spoon institution that grills solid steaks and makes the ideal pancakes, any time of day or night. Read more
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 13, 2016
    This is your place if you love diners. The iconic Pantry is good anytime of the day. It is my goto spot fit breakfast or just a slice of pie. It's also very easy on the wallet. CA$H ONLY!!!
  • Marlene S.
    Marlene SteinJuly 5, 2016
    The full ham steak was delicious, enough for 2 to split. Mom and Pop restaurant, just our style. Nice large tables, room to spread out without bumping into the next table.
  • Alethia M.
    Alethia MendezJune 23, 2016
    French Toast is amazingly good!
  • Phil M.
    Phil MaurielloJune 10, 2016
    Pancakes are awesome. Plus bring your appetite because the portions are YUUUGE!
  • Alex T.
    Alex TennentMay 17, 2016
    Ham hocks and hash browns!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 9, 2016
    An old school diner in the heart of Downtown, this greasy spoon never closes its doors, and hasn't since the 1920's. Order the ham steak & eggs, or a patty-melt style "burger." Read more
  • Jane F.
    Jane FriedmanApril 4, 2016
    Fried potatoes have a delicious & thick crust, pairs well with bacon. A couple could easily split a single menu item. Huge portions.
  • Lelund H.
    Lelund HollinsMarch 2, 2016
    Great food and location.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddFebruary 2, 2016
    My new favorite downtown diner. Biscuits and gravy were perfect
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Opened 1924. Originally a block away; in this location since 1950. Serving traditional American food 24 hrs a day.
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CrespiJanuary 8, 2016
    Just AMAZING!
  • Justin S.
    Justin ScottDecember 28, 2015
    Reliable spot for decent, greasy breakfast fare
  • Bob
    BobDecember 21, 2015
    I judge a place by its restroom. This place is filthy.
  • Alfonso Q.
    Alfonso Quintero MagadanNovember 3, 2015
    Breakfast is excellent here. So are there steak dinners
  • Gregory T.
    Gregory TiptonOctober 7, 2015
    The Pantry Burger was BIG, delivered on toasted sliced bread with lots of cheese as well as some good fries. Bring an appetite!
  • Martin H.
    Martin HeckoOctober 4, 2015
    Vegetarian options are a bit slim, but you can always ask for omelette without the bacon.
  • Vitaliy K.
    Vitaliy KotovSeptember 19, 2015
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoldovanSeptember 7, 2015
    A breakfast greasy spoon lovers must
  • Ronald Chino C.
    Ronald Chino CalderonSeptember 3, 2015
    "A Beloved L.A. Historic Site!" - The Original Pantry Cafe
  • Ronald Chino C.
    Ronald Chino CalderonSeptember 3, 2015
    "The Original Pantry Cafe Since 1924!" - The Original Pantry Cafe
  • Ronald Chino C.
    Ronald Chino CalderonSeptember 2, 2015
    "L.A.'s 24 Hour Icon!" - The Original Pantry Cafe
  • Ronald Chino C.
    Ronald Chino CalderonSeptember 2, 2015
    "We Never Close!" - The Original Pantry Cafe
  • Gleb G.
    Gleb GusevAugust 12, 2015
    Tasty and fast way to have a breakfast. Have plenty of choices. Cash only!
  • Jan T.
    Jan TomesJuly 31, 2015
    Their chocolate pie and apple pie are second to none!
  • Alejandro G.
    Health kit...
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HinsonMay 13, 2015
    Pancakes are redic!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    A greasy spoon diner
  • Brian B.
    Brian BApril 30, 2015
    This place is serious. Fried potatoes are a must and pretty much everything is old school greasy spoon delicious. Sit at the bar.
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomApril 14, 2015
    One of my favorite places in the country. Established in 1924 up in 9th St., been eating here since 1976. Ham steak and eggs over easy with sourdough toast will knock your socks off.
  • Susita
    SusitaApril 10, 2015
    24 hour jumbo pancakes for like $6. For those pancake dinner nights! :)
  • Juan R.
    Juan Ramírez VMarch 4, 2015
    French dipp
  • Philip T.
    Philip TamJanuary 9, 2015
    Cozy, and usually busy. Food is good but portions are huge. Share if you don't eat your weight in food!
  • David N.
    David NelmsDecember 15, 2014
    Limited menu. Lots of food. Always a line but worth the wait.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan C.November 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Even if you are full after your meal, the custard dessert is a must.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloNovember 12, 2014
    I ordered the French toast. Couldn't eat it all (6 pieces!) but man, it was good. Sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar--check!
  • James T.
    James TNovember 12, 2014
    Bacon and cheese omelette. Crispy, cheesy, good!
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmpNovember 10, 2014
    The Original of all Originals! The best place for breakfast and Pancakes in LA
  • James S.
    James StaufferNovember 4, 2014
    Bring your Yearbooks for Breakfast!!! Great Conversations!!
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartNovember 4, 2014
    Stick with the French toast and country fried steak.
  • Robert N.
    Robert NakayamaOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon and eggs !!!
  • Harry M.
    Harry MyhreOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Salsa is the best
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael MoralesOctober 14, 2014
    Do yourself a favor and get the half order of steak and eggs with potatoes. Best ham steak I've had in a long while, tasty homefries and great sourdough toast. Breakfast of Champions.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LinSeptember 27, 2014
    Strawberry Old Fashioned Shake!
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HuntAugust 9, 2014
    It's all about the counter
  • Nick P.
    Nick PetrisAugust 7, 2014
    OMG great coffee, fresh pancakes, crispy bacon!
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    The 90-year-old diner was bought up by former mayor Richard Riordan in 1981, who fell in love with its ruthlessly efficient service. We like the fact that you never know who you'll bump into Read more
  • LAist
    LAistAugust 1, 2014
    We always end up returning again and again through its lockless doors. Maybe it's because it has such a grounding presence in one of the most rapidly changing areas of the city. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Vanessa V.
    Vanessa ValentinJuly 21, 2014
    Saw a huge line my first day in LA and I knew I had to try it! The french toast is delicious!!
  • ZOE
    ZOEJuly 3, 2014
    Portions are way too big. Steak with mashed potatoes, greenbeans and coleslaw is delicious.
  • Laurel M.
    Laurel MintzJune 15, 2014
    Be prepared to eat yourself silly
  • Naeem R.
    Naeem RahimiJune 10, 2014
    The well done steak was a wee bit tough to deal with but tasted good, there's no sauce, I guess that's the Traditional American way. But the omllete-kind potatoe that came with the steak was great.
  • Nancilou B.
    Nancilou BiscottiMay 12, 2014
    been going here since I was a kid. unusual atmosphere, great service, good food. an LA tradition.
  • Michael L.
    Bacon & eggs. The best!
  • christian a.
    christian arzateApril 27, 2014
    Open 24 hours omelet is great
  • Blanca B.
    Blanca BravoApril 26, 2014
    The bacon & cheese omelet was delicious. It came with the most perfectly cooked hash browns. Their pancakes were great as well.
  • Rob T.
    Rob TenFebruary 8, 2014
    Excellent ham & cheese omellet.
  • Jen V.
    Jen VFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to hit up after the club since they're open 24 hours. Remember this is a cash only place.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WalkerFebruary 1, 2014
    Amazing portions - go hungry!
  • Bela P.
    Bela PulgarJanuary 4, 2014
    Best breakfast place in LA. Seat in the counter and ask for Pepe. He is awesome! Try everything you can, pancakes are glorious, coleslaw to die for. Hashbrowns are so good.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BrownDecember 30, 2013
    It's cash only. There's an ATM, but it's kinda shady.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrisenoNovember 22, 2013
    Very filling
  • Chrissy E.
    Chrissy EldredNovember 17, 2013
    the food sucks. except for the French toast and pancakes.
  • ivan r.
    ivan rhivanzNovember 17, 2013
    Thick pork hop. That's all.
  • Larry M.
    Larry McDonoughNovember 5, 2013
    Ham and eggs. Say no more. Freak'n awesome
  • Harry M.
    Harry MyhreNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Ham And Eggs - with hash browns and buttermilk pancakes.
  • Lisa
    LisaOctober 26, 2013
    There will be a wait, it's worth it!
  • Jen V.
    Jen VOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a cash only place so you better hit up the atm before coming.
  • Marce P.
    Marce PerieOctober 15, 2013
    This place is just trash. Full of ghetto and white trash people. I went once (my bf insisted to go) and im not going back again. Avoid it !
  • loran j.
    loran jonakOctober 13, 2013
    The long line on the left of the building is for table seating, the much shorter line on the right is for counter seating. This is a quicker option for 1 or 2 people.
  • R. Michael T.
    R. Michael ThomasSeptember 9, 2013
    This food is blah. This restaurant is dingy. The food is over priced. The service sucks. Never again.
  • HereComsTrouble W.
    HereComsTrouble WSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best grub in Downtown LA
  • Eddie A.
    Eddie AlvareAugust 17, 2013
    The counter for a quick meal. Tables are for memories.
  • Kari L.
    Kari LaPlanteAugust 2, 2013
    The potatoes and Portuguese sausage are my favorite!!!
  • Val P.
    Val PalJuly 30, 2013
    Food is served in large proportion. Employees are older and very sweet. Pancakes are huge! Delicious food.
  • jesus h.
    jesus hernandezJuly 23, 2013
    Been coming here with my family & always ordered the same things for breakfast: Ham n Cheese Omelet, after Lakers games i come over for Prime Ribs or ButterFly Cut Steaks
  • Kirsten S.
    Kirsten SwengelJuly 3, 2013
    Ok I know everyone has already said as much but the pancakes and bacon is AMAZING I've never had either of these as good as they are here. It's crazy good! Love this place!
  • Shuoqing Y.
    Shuoqing YanJune 29, 2013
    Red line 7th street
  • Nakia D.
    Nakia DowJune 23, 2013
    This place is awesome dont let the outside appearance fool you! There are two doors.The line down the block was for people who wanted tables. The other door is for those who want to sit at the counter
  • Donald B.
    Donald BuleyJune 10, 2013
    Based on other reviews I DID try the sourdough toast; fantastic choice. I ordered the french toast and it was the best french toast I've ever had.
  • Erin S.
    Erin ScottMay 3, 2013
    Best place to sober up in town
  • Ksenia S.
    Ksenia SlavnikovaMay 25, 2015
    Если вы хотите побывать в традиционном месте - вам сюда! Огроменные порции! Будете есть час - не меньше. Дайнеру около 70 лет.
  • Simio P.
    Simio PerezSeptember 22, 2014
    Pedi un ham steak and eggs, primero en mi vida y me gusto. El aire de otros tiempos esta cool.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SobolSeptember 18, 2014
    Вкусная домашняя еда
  • Martha S.
    Martha SolisOctober 14, 2013
    Don Roberto es Maravilloso!!
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