The Original Pantry Cafe

Casual cash-only diner, open since 1924, dishes up ample portions of American eats around the clock

In an era when most all-night diners are chain operations that seem precast by machine, the Pantry on any given night is an anachronism, a high-calorie, damn-the-frills steak joint crowded with patrons of all kinds, at all hours: urban professionals, truck drivers, street thugs, orange-haired teens spilling over from a nearby disco, conventioneers, police officers, gamblers, hookers, theatergoers, you name it.

Hunkered at the foot of a gleaming new 35-story building at 9th and Figueroa streets, the diner is an inner-city survivor populated by survivors of the inner city. It stands, almost defiantly, at the uncertain border between the soaring, elegant downtown featured on postcards and the gritty, downtrodden landscape that stretches southward and eastward.

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South Figueroa Street 877
Los Angeles 90017 CA US
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Open 24 hours