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Playboy Names The Pantry in List of Top 10 Late-Night Diners
If you came to Los Angeles and had to choose one late-night diner, which would you go to? Playboy traveled the country in search of the top ten best such diners across the country, naming the Original Pantry Cafe in downtown as one of them (good choice!). What they say, in part: "Open all day, every day since 1924, former Mayor Richard Riordan loved the Pantry so much that he bought the diner in order to save it from demolition. Today the Pantry is dwarfed by the shadows of the Staples Center and other markers of downtown Los Angeles, but it serves up to 3,000 people every day...” Also listed: Orphan Andy’s (SF), Big Nick’s (NYC) and Diner Grill (Chi).