Original Pantry Cafe

American in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

For fuss-free good ol' American comfort food with a side of history. This landmark eatery opened in 1924 and has barely changed since, unassumingly wearing the nicks, scuffs and grit of nearly a century of 24/7 operation. Sit at a simple stool by the Formica counter, or grab a basic, blocky table in the old linoleum-floored, wood-paneled, memento-festooned dining room.

Look for classics like steaks, burgers, fish and chips, and macaroni and cheese. Breakfast is served all day. Portions are generous, and payment is still cash-only at the old-fashioned register (all part of the charm).