Original Pantry

Worth a detour

Not far from the Staples Center, the Original Pantry is a choice stop for fans after Lakers’ games. Never having closed its doors since opening in 1924, this round-the-clock temple of honest eats is renowned for hot cakes and full-bore egg breakfasts accompanied by sourdough toast, thick slabs of bacon, and piles of excellent hash brown potatoes. OJ is fresh-squeezed and the coffee keeps coming.

At supper, you can’t go wrong with a steak platter or such stalwarts as roast beef or short ribs. Portions are immense. Sourdough bread and cole slaw are served with every meal.

When the Original Pantry was threatened by developers in 1980, former Mayor Richard Riordan bought it, and His Honor’s aura helped make it a destination for city politicians, big wigs, and wannabe players, especially at breakfast, when people-watching is a sport. A relatively small place, it is always bustling. Service by hash house pros is nearly instantaneous.

What to Eat
Original Pantry, Pork Chops
Pork Chops
Moist, juicy pork chops from the specials menu
Original Pantry, Ham Steak
Ham Steak
Ham steak: for prodigious appetites only. Half-sizes are available.
Original Pantry, Sourdough Toast
Sourdough Toast
Giant slabs of sourdough toast
Original Pantry, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Grill-time gives hash browns crusty surface.
Original Pantry, Lemon Cake
Lemon Cake
Soft with subtle lemon flavor, reminiscent of Italian cream cake
Cole Slaw
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 5pm
Thursday7am - 3pm
Friday7am - 3pm
Saturday7am - 5pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 18 MILES | 43 min

If you visit Los Angeles from the East and have a stubborn circadian rhythm governor that has you awake and hungry in the middle of the night, prepare to eat well. L.A. has a number of excellent open-all-night restaurants. Here some classic faves.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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