The Pantry is one of Los Angeles’ oldest restaurants. I have been going to the Pantry since I used to go to USC. I am kinda sad that the Pantry Bakery closed, in favor of Riordan’s Steakhouse – owned by the former mayor. The Bakery had a nicer counter and had a better ambiance.
Nonetheless, the Pantry still remains. The food here is good, not great. But the breakfast is worth the trip. The large plate sourdough toast will fill you up if you don’t wait for your entree. The breakfast potatoes – make sure you ask for well done, are great as well. I like them crispy. I used to have a French Toast craving, but I realized I like my breakfast’s, as well as other meals, savory. The French toast is unspectacular, but ask them to make it with french toast – the combination of the sweet (the syrup) and savory (the eggs and sourdough flavor) give it a unique taste.
The late night meals – consisting of steaks, pork chops, and sandwiches, with the occasional specials of spaghetti and other entrees are done well. . . Only just this recently, did they offer breakfast at all times. I usually just order a couple of eggs and sausage with potatoes at all hours. Though, I must say, that the country fried steak is quite good.
On the weekends, the breakfast lines can take up to 1/2 hour or more. If you go with only 2 people, I suggest that you get a seat at the counter. The counter is a great place to sit, since you can see what and how they cook things. And the wait for the counter is shorter. Expect about 10-15 buck/person meal. No alcohol. Great late night place Period!