Part 6 – The Final Post – Sixty or More Los Angeles Restaurants for Your Consideration

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Bell Restaurant, Lebanon, Missouri

All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2014

To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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Bell Restaurant, Lebanon, Missouri – where Chili Dogs are seasonal!

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Apple Pan – West Los Angeles, CA

See my portfolio of Americana photos HERE.

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Highland Park Diner – Rochester, NY.

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Somer’s Restaurant – Cleveland, Ohio.

There is a heat wave in Los Angeles this week & cooking is just oppressive. So – I am taking the opportunity to present 60+ restaurants I have visited in the last two years. This is not a complete list & some places here reflect images from multiple visits. I am not going to get into reviewing them but I will post a link if I have blogged about specific places here in the past – and that link will likely have lots of info & more pictures (except for my earliest posts which were pretty simple). They will be listed pretty much in alphabetical order & if there is a website for the place – I will try to supply it by making the name of the place a link to their site.

HERE is the link to Part 1.

HERE is the link to Part 2.

HERE is the link to Part 3.

HERE is the link to Part 4.

HERE is the link to Part 5.

I am also taking this opportunity to post a few of my favorite images that I have taken of restaurants not in Los Angeles –  above.  Enjoy!

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TACOMIENDO – West Los Angeles

My blog about Tacomiendo is HERE.

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TACOS POR FAVOR – West Los Angeles, CA

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TEDDY’S CAFE – West Los Angeles, CA

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THAI PEPPER –  Hollywood, CA

True dive but great food!

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CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH at THE BILTMORE HOTEL – Santa Barbara, CA

INSANELY awesome!   My blog about the Biltmore Brunch is HERE.

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CAVA – Montecito, CA

My blog about Cava is HERE.

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THE ORIGINAL PANTRY – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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TOI ON SUNSET – Hollywood, CA

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TORUNG – Hollywood, CA

My blog about Torung is HERE.

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TOWNSHIP SALOON – Hollywood, CA

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TRAXX – Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

My blog about Traxx is HERE.

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VINOTEQUE on MELROSE – Hollywood, CA

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And there you have it!  Twelve more spots you can investigate yourself.   In the last 6 days – I have shared 60+ great Los Angeles (and Santa Barbara) restaurants & bars.  All are worthy of a visit!   ENJOY!!!!

Take a peek at my pin-up, pet & decaying American photographs HERE.  They are for sale as greeting cards & framed prints etc.

And don’t forget about my book!  www.BathingBook.com.  The REVIEWS ON AMAZON are awesome!

 

The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.

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Nick’s Cafe – Downtown Los Angeles

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013

To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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Nick’s Cafe is as close to a real diner as anything else Los Angeles has to offer since the tragic demise of Phil’s Diner.  For my money, to call yourself a diner, you have to be an actual train dining car, otherwise, you are a coffee shop or, as Nick’s refers to themselves – a cafe.   Still, there are a few joynts around that get that diner vibe down while still being a brick & mortar facility – like Millie’s, for example.  Nick’s is another.  Located on the north side of downtown (north of Chinatown) & east of Elysian Park, it is in an area that feels sorta desolate & industrial.

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It is really easy to miss so definitely have the address in hand when you go to find it.  There is a small parking lot in the rear & a huge, dirt lot across the street.  Nick’s is only open for breakfast & lunch and accepts cash only.  HERE is a peek at the menu.

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Nick’s is patronized primarily by cops so, despite the sketchy neighborhood, this is one safe place to dine.  There is outdoor seating but the setting out there is pretty unimpressive so I recommend eating at the counter.

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Those are my parents sitting to the right of the woman in the orange.   While the interior is pretty standard cafe fare, if you sit there, you have the opportunity to interact with Nick’s feisty hostess.  Look at her practically photo bombing my efforts to document the interior:

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Again, those are my parents behind her.  She is awesome but let me give you one word of warning – do not ask her for hot sauce!  At least, do not ask for it if you have not yet sampled their house-made salsa that is on the counter in large carafes.

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She will tirelessly bust your balls if she sees you using any other hot sauce and, in fairness, their salsa is damned good!

And the food?  Great diner fare.  I haven’t tried too many things on the menu but what I have tried – I enjoyed.  Like this tuna melt:

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And the Scrambled SoCal:

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And here is a peek at a bacon cheeseburger:

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And while I haven’t had these Chilaquiles – but they looked so good – I am definitely getting them next time!

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I love this place.  Solid food, obscure location, great look, a hostess that makes you feel welcome while giving you a hard time (and it isn’t that bullshit kitschy schtick some restaurants have their waitresses employ) & great prices!   You should definitely check Nick’s Cafe out!

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