Inglewood, CA 90045
Michele Stueven Pann's chicken and waffles with gravy
- Mon.-Sat. 7-3 p.m.; Sun. 8-4 p.m.
- Breakfast, Lunch
- Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
- Parking Lot Available
- Reservations Not Accepted
One of L.A.'s most iconic diners, Pann's in Inglewood is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Once the last place to grab a bite before LAX, the diner has been run by the Panagopoulos family since it opened in 1958. Matriarch Rena, known as "the queen of hospitality," died at age 100 last year, and son Jim has taken the reins. The family also owned the Hawthorne diner made famous in Pulp Fiction, which has since been torn down. Pann's has had its own share of close-ups and is a regular location for Modern Family. Grab a seat at the counter for quick service or settle into one of the red Naugahyde booths for a comfy breakfast or lunch at the classic Googie-style coffee shop. The burgers are great, but nothing beats the chicken and waffles made with their original fried chicken recipe. Yes, everyone has their favorite around town, but Pann's serves the dish with chicken wings, so it's a sublime mix of crunchy and soft to go with savory and sweet. And ask about the blue plate special, which changes daily. Famous for its fountain, Pann's has milkshakes that come with the can and whatever is left over in Oreo cookie, banana caramel, peanut butter cup, chocolate or double chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors. The root beer float and ice cream sodas will take you back to a bygone era. —Michele Stueven
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