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LAist Talks Late-Night Downtown Dining, Part I: The Pantry Edition

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Last month, I sent a question to all the other writers about late-night dining options in Downtown. There was a lot to be said about The Pantry.

Tony: id say The Pantry, but im a man who could eat meat and potatoes for breakfast lunch and dinner. oh wait i already do.

Ashleigh: Am I the only person in LA who thinks the pantry is kinda gross? well...their sourdough is good but i've never left the place feeling great about my meal... it's def a piece of LA history.

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Tony: the pantry is gross
i hear the waiters are excons
i believe the mashed potatoes are powdered
i hate the cole slaw
i hate that you have to pay the homeless man tax before you even make it to the door
and i also dont like that they only have pepsi

and yet its my favorite restaurant in la and if i was richer id go there more than once a week.

Ashleigh: enlighten me tony, why do you love it so? oh and i always give that homeless man my leftovers...

Tony; i love it because im a dirty disgusting man and that food is comfort food
for men like me
served by old school dudes in bow ties with pasts
without lame menus
i will have the rib tips you say and they give you water, bread, and decide which sides they will give you.
and i like that the only women who work there are in cages with all the money.

Malingering: The Pantry makes me throw up. And when I was in high school I tried to
go there and the health inspector had closed it down because of vermin or something really repulsive and then there was some protest to get it back open because of all of the history so I went back there to see if it was any better and I couldn't eat for a week.

Anyway between a sold out Lakers game and a sold-out Dodger game, the traffic around the pantry right now sucks (trust me).

This is my favorite Pantry photo (shown above).