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Nick's Cafe

1300 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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  • Sun, Sat 6:30am-4pm, Mon-Fri 5:30am-3pm
  • $
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Before yuzu vinaigrettes, before acai margaritas, before pigs whose lineage is better-traced than the Queen of England's, there was ham and eggs, which so powerfully signified contentment in Los Angeles that a Depression-era political movement was named for it. Ham and eggs on Thursdays -- what more could a man want? So it is not much of a surprise that Nick's Café, the best-preserved '40s diner in the downtown area, a breakfast place crowded with policemen before 6 a.m. and shut up tight before 2, should be famous for its version of the dish -- decent fried ham, carefully cooked eggs, hash browns: period. There's a jar of blender salsa if that's your sort of thing. Pictures of trains. Diner coffee -- no organic, shade-grown, fair-trade, single-finca joe allowed on the premises.

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